11 Aug Bought house last October, just found out today that the washing machine drains into the side of the front yard. :/
This is probably more of a rant than anything, but we bought our first house (NorCal) last Fall and have just gotten around to doing some major landscaping (major for us — it is a tiny place). As we pulled out a bush, we found a long PVC pipe draining into the yard that suspiciously went back around to the back of the house. It turns out that it is the washer drain. We already knew the washer/dryer were shoddily put in (they are in a quasi-shed on our back deck, and the dryer vent is a nightmare), but we never thought to check on the drainage.
I am guessing that it is way too late to do anything about it with regard to the previous owners (and they were a piece of work — the place was a mess when they vacated, and their agent ended up having to get haulers to come in and remove a couple of tons of garbage they left behind). I'm not looking forward to getting a plumber in to fix it, but that's the next step.
My question (for the future): when should something like this get recognized? Should the inspector have found it? Should we have done more due diligence in looking for things like that? Should our agent have done more? Thanks!