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This is a good question, and I'm glad you asked. From a legal perspective, you are looking in the wrong place for reimbursement. Under the circumstances, the inspector who didn't find the problem in the first place may be legally responsible for paying you back, and here's why: Since no one has lived in the house for five years, the inspector probably should have known to leave the water running long enough to figure out whether there was a problem with the pipes that would cause damage with normal use. The inspector didn't do this and therefore may have conducted a negligent inspection. if the inspector was negligent, and knowing of the problem would have let you negotiate repair with the seller prior to closing, the inspector is responsible for paying you back every penny of what it cost to repair the pipes.
if you decide to seek reimbursement from the inspector, you could write him a demand letter explaining the situation, in detail, attaching receipts for the repair, and demanding payment within the time you specified. If you don't receive payment or a response to the letter, you could bring a small claims court action
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