I Bought A House with A Huge Plumbing Problem, Now What?

Oh no! You bought a new house, only to find some serious plumbing issues you didn’t know about.

Wondering what to do now?

Follow these 3 steps:

  1. Contact a plumber to diagnose the problem.
  2. Next, determine who’s liable to pay for the plumbing repair.
  3. Hire a plumber to repair the problem.

Let’s go into more detail about these 3 steps…

Note: We are not licensed real estate agents or attorneys. However, we are plumbing professionals who have seen this issue before. You should contact your real estate agent or an attorney for advice on what options are best for your situation.


Step #1: Contact a plumber to diagnose the problem

The first thing you’ll want to do is contact a plumber to diagnose the problem so you can get an estimate on how much the repair will cost.

If the repair cost is small, it’s usually not worth trying to get your home’s previous owner to pay. Just hire a plumber to fix the issue.

On the other hand, if the plumber quotes you an expensive repair cost based on the source of the problem, then you’ll want to determine if you or the seller are responsible for the repairs…


Step #2: Determine who’s liable to pay for the plumbing repair

This is the part where you’ll want to talk to an attorney or your real estate agent.

Generally, the buyer is responsible for the plumbing repair, but under certain circumstances, the seller could be legally obligated to pay for the repair.

For example, the seller might be responsible for the plumbing repair if:

  • According to the purchase agreement, the seller was supposed to fix the issue but didn’t
  • You couldn’t have reasonably discovered the plumbing issue before the sale of the house
  • The seller intentionally misrepresented the condition of the plumbing (Florida law requires that the seller must disclose any conditions of the home that have an impact on its value or desirability)

Step #3: Hire a plumber to repair the problem

Regardless of who is liable to pay for the repair (you or the seller), you’ll likely be the one in charge of finding a trusted plumber in your area to fix the problem.

You’ll know you’ve found a quality plumber if they…

  • Are licensed and insured: Make sure your plumber is licensed in your area. If you live in the Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral or SW Florida area, Aztec Plumbing serves your area and is both licensed and insured.

    You’ll want to make sure your plumber is insured in case anything goes wrong during the repair. That way, you’re not held liable for any damages to property or people.
  • Have a long company history: Has the company been around for a long time? That’s usually a sign that they have good business practices. A company that does poor work or doesn’t leave customers satisfied won’t be around for very long.

Aztec Plumbing has been serving Florida families since 1991.

Need an in-depth look at how to pick the best plumber in the Florida area? just check out our blog, “How to Find the Best Plumbers in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida”.

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Whether you need a plumbing repair estimate or a repair, we can help.

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