Re: Leaky sewer pipe in a run down house - common problem?
Posted by More on June 16, 2001 at 23:13:46:
In response to Re: Leaky sewer pipe in a run down house - common problem?


This is really not the right forum for the answer to your issue, but you need to be very keenly aware of the health hazards you are describing that are present for you and your roommate. Sewer pipes Not in the wall, Not above the ground, Not in a structure or dwelling are regulated by the Health department. New construction permits are issued for sewer pipes installed and inspected inside the wall, above the ground and inside structures and dwelling areas by the department of Building and Safety. Installers are required to be licensed and bonded, and have their work inspected, prior to a landlord being allowed to rent the dwelling for someone to inhabit. Once the Building Dept issues the permit, and the landlord rents the property, the landlord is responsible to maintain the property in a sanitary condition, and is governed by the Health department regulatory agencies, but they don't have any way to know if there is a health or sanitation problem, until they are notified in writing, and can contact the landlord to fix the health problem or have the property declared condemned until repaired. The saturation of the wood structure, floors and walls with sewage waste is in violation of the health code, but KNOWINGLY renting the property out as safe and sanitary when it is not, is wrongful, and is a criminal act for profit. If the landlord then KNOWINGLY erected a handyman built structure to shore up the damage, it is too severe for you to continue living there for every day use. The obscenity you are talking about is serious, and it is my guess that the handyman is contributing to the problem. You are well advised to seek professional counsel about the lease, but skipping out on the lease is not the right way to go about it. You signed a contract, too. e-mail me if you need more information at

: My landlord recently revealed that there is a crack in the sewer pipe running between the second and first floor of the apartment I am renting. He is not sure how long the crack has been there, but it's looking like at least a few months and possibly, a few years. He had a handyman erect a wooden support in the last month to hold up the basement ceiling, which had clearly been affected by water damage. Although I knew about the structure, it never occurred to me that the damage was from a leaky sewage pipe. I assumed it was from water outside leaking into the basement. The most revolting thing is that the wall between the bathroom & my bedroom is most likely completely rotted from the constant sewage traffic. I can't believe I was unaware of this until now & I am shocked that my landlord has, despite knowning about this for some time (based on the structure in the basement) chose to do nothing. He is now having the leaky portion of the pipe replaced next week, but even this seems too long for me, now that I am aware of the problem. Do you have any idea how common a problem this is and how people typically respond? I am considering calling my local health department to take a look & attempting to split before my lease runs out. If you knew how much my roommate & I pay in rent, you would understand how completely obscene this is.

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