Who’s to blame for faulty plumbing?

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DEAR BARRY: We purchased our home two months ago, after hiring a professional home inspector. After moving in, we had plumbing problems with the drains. The plumber we called wants $9,000 for a new sewer main to the street. The old clay pipes are cracked, full of roots, and need to be replaced. We feel that something should have been disclosed about this, by the sellers or our home inspector. Further investigation has revealed a new drain cleanout in the backyard, covered with a tarp and overlaid with tree limbs, as though someone didn't want it to be noticed. We believe the sellers were having problems with the main sewer line, had installed a new cleanout to deal with blockages, and failed to disclose this condition. What do you think about this? --Dusty DEAR DUSTY: The problem with claims of nondisclosure by sellers is to prove that the sellers knew about the problem and that their intent was to conceal. In your situation, there are indications that the seller knew abo...