I recently purchased a new house and one of the conditions on the
purchase was that a leak coming from the upstairs toilet into the
downstairs kitchen be fixed. The leak was found by our home inspector
and was actually a trickle coming straight down our kitchen wall from
the upstairs bathroom. He estimated the repair would cost between
So the owner had it fixed ... apparently. Here is my question.
The plumber went in, removed a part of the wall, fixed a leaking joint
between two pipes and put in a new section of wall. I went in to
inspect that the work was done the day after and it looked fine.
Three weeks later I returned to the house and noticed considerable
brown stains running across and down the newly laid wall in the
So I spoke to the plumber again and he said that it is always the case
that there will be water stains coming from the fixed leak. He said
that this is normal and that after painting over the stains, we will
never see a stain again.
This seems a little fishy to me and would like some advice on this
matter. I believe that the leak wasn't actually fixed. Why should
there be any stains at all coming from a leak that was apparently