- Had renovation work done last year by contractor that was let go 75 % into the job and who has consequently went bankrupt. - The work done was for a full bathroom in my basement with ceramic heated. - Had sewer blockage in mid-January. - It took a plumber 5-1/2 hours and 950 dollars to unblock finally it.
There is an issue with the way the clean out was installed and must be replaced. It is too small (3”) and on an angle that does not meet code, and cannot easily be accessed to properly accommodate a rigid “snake”. Further, no back watch valve was installed.
I am a “good” citizen and did what I believed was everything by the book, including purchasing a building permit. The city asked for plans. I supplied them with plans. They were aware that the was plumbing and electrical work to be done.
After all this mess, I read up on building permits to find out what the actual purpose was aside from an indirect tax that will boost my evaluation up faster than my neighbors who don’t bother with permits. From what I can gather, it appears that I could have asked the city to inspect the work that was done at certain junctures in the job to make sure that all was done and proceeding correctly according to spec. Nobody at that city told me this when I got my permit and it was not an obvious question for me to ask as I am not in the industry. Mind you, they were quick to come over and see the finished job once it was completed (no doubt, to increase my evaluation in time for next year’s tax bill).
Question: Does the city have an obligation to tell permit holders what services they can use (periodic inspections) ? Or is it my responsibility to be a mind reader ?
I would like to consider trying to recoup my past and future costs to repair what I believe was an avoidable situation.
Forgive my sarcasm.