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Know home-inspection red flags

What looks benign now may require costly repairs after purchase

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DEAR BARRY: We hired a home inspector before buying our home, but he dismissed a defect that has now become a problem. In the room below the master bathroom, there were water stains on the wall around a drain cleanout. We asked the inspector about it, and he said it wasn't a problem. At the time, the stains were dry because the house had been vacant for months. But he didn't even run water in the shower or sink and didn't even mention the stains in his report. After we moved in and began taking showers, the wall surface became wet. The inspector now says that it was not his responsibility to figure out if the leaking would continue in the future. Besides this, the seller says that she never had a leak while she lived in the home. This seems unreasonable and unfair. What can we do? --John DEAR JOHN: If the seller denies having known about the leak, she may or may not be telling the truth. There is probably no way to prove or disprove her position, so that issue may be a sta...