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Should I contact my realtor with issue?

I moved into my home less than a month ago. We now have a back-up in our sewer drain. Should I contact my realtor to inform him? Will the sellers cover cost or is this something I will have to take care of myself? 
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April 15 - Cincinnati
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Try a plunger first.

Lift toilet lid & seat. 
Put plunger into bowl...
Flush...
Plunge vigorously....
Watch to see if water drains down.
If no...continue plunging...
If yes, shake off plunger...put in some groseness containment device.  Drop seat & lid.  Go to kitchen & grab a cold one & sit out on the porch & toast your first plumbing win!
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April 27
Though there's no such thing as a perfect house -- every home, even newly-constructed ones, will have some issue or another -- the trick is to make sure the home is free of any major problems before signing the dotted line. the most important tip for homebuyers is still to hire a trained, licensed and well-reviewed home inspector.Home warranties can also protect homebuyers from problems, particularly in their first year in their new home. On an older home, especially one with older clay tile sewer lines, its generally a good idea to pay $money in the inspection  period and have the line video inspected prior to buying the house. Its  possible that the previous owners did not know about this problem. You can ask your realtor to double check your disclosures for any plumbing issues noted, but it would appear at this point it is an issue that occurred given the age of the lines and are now considered maintenance.
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April 16
Hello Mallory,

Did you execute a Home Inspection from a reputable company?  If so, give them a call and ask if they ran the dishwasher and ran the water in the shower and checked the other faucets.
 
Do you have a Home Warranty with a sewer rider?  
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April 16
Why is it always the REALTOR's problem!   Home ownership requires responsibility of the owner.  Usually 1 of 3 things or a combination of things causes sewer back-ups

1.  Stuff going down the drain that did not come from a human body (includes excessive paper)
2.  Roots clogging  the pipe, impossible to know about without x-ray vision
3.  Older clay pipes collapse, again impossible to know

If you got a home warranty with the house most cover plumbing problems within the foundation but problems in the pipe going to the street are your problem.
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April 16
My first question would be did you receive a Home Warranty on the home?  Sometimes these are written into the purchase of the home.  If you do have one then call them right away and see what they cover.
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April 15
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Call a reputable sewer person, and that's all you need to call unless you have a home warranty - then call them. 

Why should the seller cover it?   It is now your home so maintenance plus things going wrong is one of the responsibilities you signed up for when you purchased a home.
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No reason to contact your agent. The sellers are also not responsible for a routine back up. Since the house is yours now, I just would call the plumber or rooter directly and deal with it.

If you do find that there is serious issue with the plumbing that was not disclosed, the seller might be responsible, but most back ups are not a sign of a serious or concealed plumbing issue. Roots, build up or oops flushed items are the most common causes and most routine rooter services can resolve the issue.
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April 15
You certainly can inform him, there's nothing he will do about this, though. Barring a rider on your insurance policy, this is something you will have to take care of yourself.
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