I’m looking for some advice on a home inspection matter, specifically about legal liability. I bought my home 18 months ago and have had 3 plumbing leaks because my home was built with Polybutylene plumbing. It is a mobile home, but is in otherwise good condition. Because of the frequency with which the plumbing is failing, I need to have the whole system replaced. I got three quotes from plumbers and all are over $2000. My home inspector described the plumbing system as “plastic” and never used the term polybutylene at all in his report.
I spoke with the inspector because I felt “plastic” wasn’t sufficient information, and now I have a $2000 repair on my hands. I said I’d rather not pursue legal action (I’m not a litigious kind of guy), but felt that some recompense from him was fair (1/3 of the price of the repair). His response was that “plastic” was standard practice and he has no responsibility by law or standard practice to go into more detail than that.
My question is, should I pursue this in small claims court, or is the inspector correct? Are there written standards of practice that would support my claim?
Any advice would be very appreciated! Thank you!