Inspector to blame for $3K repair?

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DEAR BARRY: We purchased a home a few months ago and had it inspected. At the time, everything seemed OK with the plumbing. But within a month, all the drains became clogged. The plumber had to break out the concrete floor to expose the bad pipes, and the repair bill is now more than $3,000. According to the plumber, this problem should have been disclosed by the home inspector. But the inspector insists that no drain problems were apparent at the time of the inspection. Is anyone responsible for these repairs, or am I just out of luck? --David DEAR DAVID: Whether your home inspector is liable depends on what defects, if any, were visible at the time of the inspection. Contractors and tradesmen often make judgments regarding what "should have been disclosed by the home inspector." But these people are rarely familiar with the standards of practice of the home inspector profession. To determine whether your home inspector is at fault, the plumber should be very ...