Joined: Jan 2010
Hi, I am in major need of help and am at a loss as to where I should turn. I just bought a house a few days ago, and let's just say it has been a nightmare. The inspector had multiple conditions that needed to be completed in order to sign off for the FHA loan.
These included: the hot water heater needed to be turned on and filled and "all plumbing inclusive of the water lines to the water heater must be inspected by a licensed plumbing contractor to determine if there are any health and safety issues and that they are all in code compliance. Any repairs needed must be made by a licensed plumbing contractor."
Well the day of the final inspection, the hot water heater still wasn't turned on. I turned it on myself the day of the inspection, the inspection passed, and I went to move in two weeks later. During this two weeks, the living room filled with water because there was a leak in one of the hot water pipes.
My question is, can anyone be held responsible for this because I bought the house as is. I get that repairs to a home are my responsibility, but shouldn't a plumber have checked that this pipe was leaking and then fixed it, like was required in the appraisers conditions? The licensed contractor is saying that he did the inspection, but the hot water was never turned on. Isn't this like taking a car for a test drive, but it has no gas? How can you really inspect the plumbing with no water or hot water heater turned on?
I would really really really appreciate any help anyone can offer. I am just so at a loss as to what to do right now. Thanks!!!