I did an inspection in September, I got a call back today becuse the owners found a hole in the cast Iron pipe at the intersection of the vent and 2 drain lines. The hole was covered by a bag of potting soil with 3 or 4 clay pots lined up on the rock foundation next to it. They claim they have been getting headaches since they started living there.
The repair is going to cost several hundred dollars. Not only was this hole there, but I did miss a crack further down the line behind the furnace in the cast Iron. What I want to know from you guys who have been doing this for a while, should I have picked up this little 10LB plastic bag of soil to look underneath it. In your guys opinion, am I responsable for not finding this defect?
It is also the opinion of the buyer that the previous owner knew about this problem and failed to disclose it. I think he knew about it too. But I think that ultimately if I missed it, I should be responsable for the repair. It will cost everybody a whole lot more money, for me too, if the buyer goes to the attorney and tries to go after the seller.
Looking forward to your comments.