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11:35AM | 06/10/14
My family purchased a home May 2013. We have had our sewer back up in the past year 4 separate times-October, January, March & May. In May, we had the plumber use a camera to scope it and found that 1) We have Orangeburg pipes & 2) A tree root had grown through it. The estimated replacement is $9000.
My neighbor has since shared the entire block has plumbing issues due to the Orangeburg. Recent repair estimates on this block range in $6000-$13000.
The previous owners were a family of 5 living in the home for 10 years. How likely is it that they never experienced plumbing issues? I feel as though this should have been disclosed to us. The disclosure we have states no plumbing issues/repairs were ever done.


02:51PM | 06/13/14
I have since learned they definitely had their main sewer line cleaned out at least one time...I have not found any other proof yet but plan to meet with an attorney to see what action, if any, can be taken.


10:18AM | 05/09/15
Easy case to prove? I don't think so. They bought a house that apparently has a very old sewer system. They didn't have any problems until 5 months after purchase. Just because it's old, orangeburg, and five months later they have a problem, does not a strong case make. Or even a case, IMO. They would have to prove that the seller *knew* there was a problem related to the orangeburg pipe. The fact that he found they had their sewer line cleaned out at least one time, doesn't add much either. If by found out he means he's located the plumber who did it, then he may have something, depending on if the plumber can be located, remembers what he told them, etc. If by found out he means the guy across the street told him, good luck with that. Also, not in evidence is what the sales contract stipulates with regard to warranties or lack there of, "As is", etc. All the talk of lawyers, is IMO, nuts. The cost of pursuing it on the *chance* that you might prevail, would exceed the cost of the replacement. Small claims is an option, but good luck there, for the above reasons. When you buy an old house, you take some risks. That risk could have been reduced by having a sewer inspection performed.


06:03AM | 05/19/18
It is very possible that the previous owners didn't have any issues with the pipes. The lifespan of Orangeburg pipe is not very consistent. It depends on conditions. Sometimes it gives out in 10 years, sometimes it can go for 50 years or more before wearing out. In your case, you said a tree root is running through it. The tree root may not have been a position to collapse the pipe at the time the previous owners were living there. It may not have grown into that position until long after they were gone. I wouldn't think you would have much of a chance in court because you have to prove that they knew of a condition that was required by law that they disclose prior to the sale. If you have been living in the house for a long time, it would be hard to prove that it happened on their watch and not on yours.

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