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26 Jul 2001 at 2:35 am #275113ANTHONY AVALLONE
I just bought a house that was built in August, 1996. Two months after we moved in, we have developed multiple leaks in the slab. We had a plumber come out and he said we had polybutylene pipes throughout the house and that it would be more economical in the long run to replumb the house. I contacted the PB Recovery Center and they originally said that I would be eligible to make a claim if the pipes had dates on them that were pre- August 1995. I checked the dates, and the pipes were manufactured in 1993. I called the Recovery Center and a supervisor there told me that the original person I talked to was mistaken. She said the house had to be built before August 1995 to be eligble for settlement funds. I had the house inspected before buying and the polybutylene pipes were not noted. Do I have a recourse with the home inspector? I can’t believe that PB pipes were installed in a house constructed in 1996 after the class action suit. Are there any options for situations like mine. The house is 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2 half baths. The estimate for a repipe was $5200. The plumber encouraged me to get other estimates. Any help would be appreciated. – Steve
26 Jul 2001 at 12:04 pm #291137PlumbParticipant
We have been in the Polybutylene replacement program for 7 + years in Tucson, AZ. Unfortunately you probably have no recourse to help you in this matter. Most states do not yet have a disclosure law specific to PB pipe, which would greatly help any buyer, and plumber; Of course!. As for the quote you received on your home. It sounds like it could be reasonable for a home with 3 full & 2 half baths.
27 Jul 2001 at 10:43 pm #291138GuestParticipant
Do I have a recourse with the home inspector? I can’t believe that PB pipes were installed in a house constructed in 1996 after the class action suit. Are there any options for situations like mine. The house is 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2 half baths. The estimate for a repipe was $5200. The plumber encouraged me to get other estimates. Any help would be appreciated. – Steve
Steve, I would go after the home inspector.
Sue this guy and hopefully he has enough insurance to cover you for the following
1- opening and closing of all the walls slabs etc.
2- complete replacement of the piping
3- inconvenience your suffering as you would never have purchased this home if he had performed his job properly and told you in his reports about the crap plastic installed.
4- Go after the installer who installed this junk, after the fact they knew it was a complete failure
5- Get the sleaziest lawyer you can find (very easy to do) and tell the lawyer he gets to keep 40% of what ever you get.
Your best bet is the home inspector as you went by his advice.
Just like a master plumber or a doctor if they screws up you have recourse.
Do not let this guy get away from charging you for inept advice
Contact SylvanLMP IM sure he can guide you as he works for several law firms going after these mutts of society.
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