You can sue anyone for anything at any time. These lawsuits are usually messy, drawn-out affairs (we're talking YEARS) that generally end up costing way more in legal fees than it would have cost you to just fix the problems yourself.
You have to be able to prove the person who sold you the house knew about these things. Do you have proof? Thinking they "should have known" is not proof.
Secondly, what you're describing - particularly with the drain seems like something that would have shown up on a basic inspection. Did you get one? Does it make any mention of plumbing issues?
You can go talk to an attorney but you're facing an uphill battle.... more
It really just depends on what was supposed to be inspected. If the inspector you went to doesn't normally check plumbing, then there's no reason that he would have. If you have a contract, I would look at that. Once you have an idea of what was expected, then you can figure out what kind of recourse you have. One major thing you should definitely do though is get the problem fixed, and make sure it's completely resolved so more problems don't come up.
We too just bought a house and within the first 2 weeks the pump in the boiler went out and then went to do laundry and water starts shooting up the drain. Thought we had a clogged pipe so rented a snake which we never got the clog out. Call a plumber, comes to take a look at it and tells me broken pipes. After they jackhammer the basement they tell us these pipes have been broken for some time and the main drain was capped off which he says should never be done. We had an inspection but now am wondering if he did his job right. Did not run the washer because it wasn't hooked up. Did run the dishwasher though. House had been empty for sometime. Paid 1450.00 in repairs and now wondering who would be responsible for this? Inspectior or sellers? Plumber says this has been broken for at least a couple of years and there's no way sellers didn't know but nothing disclosed.enriched... more
It would probably take a lawyer to get anything out of this. If I were you I might have a consultation with a lawyer and see what they think of the situation. Do the plumbers know what you'd have to do to get this problem fixed permanently? http://www.watsonsplumbing.com/plumbing-well-pumps-service/2105299... more