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Faulty shower will cost buyer $3,000 to fix

Inspector in hot water after approving unit without drain

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Dear Barry, I hired a home inspector before buying my house. He was supposed to find the defects. After moving in, I discovered that the shower in the basement has no drain connection. During the inspection, the inspector turned the shower on briefly, but he didn't find any problem with it. Now it appears that the shower is a manufactured stall that was set in place on the basement floor, connected to the water lines, but not to the sewer drain system. Instead, it is located near a clogged floor drain. The first time I used the shower the water ran onto the basement floor and began to rise. I've called the former owner, but he denies any knowledge of the problem. The plumber's estimate to repair this mess is about $3,000. Do I have recourse against the former owner or the home inspector? --Sharon Dear Sharon, Before we consider recourse, let's review this lack of disclosure. The seller claims he was unaware that the shower drains onto the basement floor. To accept this, we must believe...