I know a couple of contractors that would just get on with life and accept
responsibility for their past error. In this case if they do bill, I'd
negotiate something as they did cause the problem and were not able to
implement the fix. They may be just happy to be out of there.
In the past year we moved our manufacturing operation to a different
building. Total outside contracting was over $2 million. Some worked to a
quote with purchase order, others were time and materials. I can think of
only two that had written contracts. None screwed us out of a penny or did
not finish their job. When you have a good tradesman, hold on to him.
You are. No written contract means no warranty.
Even with a contract, would the plumber warranty their work for four
years? That's an awful long time.
There is no way to PROVE that the problem stems from the original
You said it was an honest mistake from an otherwise good plumber. To
keep the peace, and still be able to call on this plumber in the
future, I would pay him his bill, pay the repair costs because of the
lack of a contract and warranty, and move on with life.
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