06:02PM | 07/16/06
Member Since: 07/15/06
2 lifetime posts
I've just bought a home (8yrs old) and notices a T shaped mark on the ceiling under the bathroom. I've also had 2 overflowing toilet incidents in two baths. My third bath appears to have a propensity to overflow so I've been waiting to flush it.

Who will I need to help me properly diagnose my problems and who can help me with the structural ceiling issues?

I am also hearing gurgling in the kitchen drain when the washing machine drains (it is upstairs on the 3rd floor.)

I am also smelling a foul (rotten eggs) smell coming from the kitchen sink and I smell it outside my front door.

Help, I think I am going to be incurring a significant repair bill.

Thank you.


10:24AM | 07/17/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
It appears you have several issues going on.

The first should be addressed by a licensed and insured plumbing contractor.

The legitimate plumber will find the cause of the leaks and also snake / water jet the lines to get rid of the partial stoppage that causes the gurgling sounds.

Also the contractor may check the vents to make sure they are not obstructed by leaves etc.

Then after the plumbing contractor is finished a painter should be called in to make repairs.

1-I would personally would do the following contact the party through your lawyer who you bought the home and find out if they left money in an escrow account

2- Find out if they knew of this condition and if they notified you ( many places require the seller to tell of problems prior to selling

3- contact your insurance company as many times they will cover the cost of repairs BUT not the actual plumbing repairs.

If this is a chronic condition you should have been warned before closing if not it maybe considered fraud


06:32AM | 07/21/06
Member Since: 11/18/98
187 lifetime posts
with Sylvan. Have it checked by a licensed and insured plumbing contractor. With three slow or stopped toilets I am surprised you are not having additional problems with the bathtubs or the washer. It may be a partial block after the toilets but before the washer drain enters the line.

When you bought the home did you do a lot of cleaning and perhaps flush gobs of paper towels. They do not pass as well as TP.

Did you or the seller buy one of those home warranties when you purchased the home?


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