Yes, the section of the drain pipe that was in the wall had a hole in
it. A hole about 2 inches long, that was undiscovered for about 30+ years. A hole which caused all the water that went
down the drain--to not flow into the city sewer, but instead flowed to the crawl space under the house.
Yes, we had a pond under the house. A pond 2.5 inches deep by 15
feet long! (I put my new shop vac to the test that weekend sucking out a horrendous brew of sludge.) After
we had it dry, we found no rot or insects. Amazing.
Some have asked me since, if we had called the inspector we hired to
go over the house--pointing out his omission--and perhaps taking legal action.
We have not even thought of that route because knowing this information
last year when we were in negotiations for the house wouldn't have lowered the price, nor would it have stopped us from buying
the house. It would've only served to make for many a sleepless night until we had the cash to restore the kitchen.
This was a perfect case of "Not knowing won't hurt you".