The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is urging home buyers to check their proposed home’s plumbing pipes to ensure they do not have defective plumbing pipes/plumbing tubes, or fittings or, Chinese made copper plumbing pipe or old cast iron plumbing pipe-because all of these types of plumbing pipes/systems should be replaced.
Types of Commonly Used Pipes and Possible Issues
- Chinese copper pipe in residential homes nationwide, 2005-to-prese
nt. (pin hole leaks because of inferior manufacturing):
- Pex piping systems are probably the most common pipe put in new homes in the USA since about 2009. The problem: The advocate has discovered one of the most popular brands may be failing. This could impact possibly millions of homeowners nationwide.
- Polybutylene Pipe in a million plus US homes installed between 1978 & 1995 (Class Actions and it probably should be replaced).
- Kitec plumbing systems used nationwide from the early 2000’s until 2004. (National Class Action. The brass fittings with the pipe were prone to fail because of poor metallurgy)
- Wirsbo PEX plumbing systems (brass fitting failures) 2000’s (National Class Action)
- CPVC pipes which are plastic with glued joints may break at the joint (2000’s-2017)
- Zurn F1807 Fittings (Defective brass fittings that were prone to fail because of bad metallurgy. Sold by Zurn between 1996 and 2010)
- Galvanized pipe was not subject to a class action. It was commonly used in US homes prior to 1980. Homes with galvanized plumbing pipe should probably be re-plumbed.
Most home buyers in the US will hire a home building inspector to check things like a roof, or how much life is left before the roof needs to be replaced. We are now urging a home buyer to include a plumbing inspection to verify the home does not need to be-piped. A home re-pipe could cost between $10,000 and $25,000 depending on the size of the home and what type of plumbing material is selected.
What Are The Consequences of Defective or Old Plumbing Pipes:
- Continuous plumbing leaks could cost a homeowner hundreds of dollars per year in plumbing repairs and or personal property damage.
- An undiscovered water leak could cause a side or section of the house to rot without the homeowner becoming aware of it before it is too late. If a defective pipe is responsible the homeowners insurance policy may not cover the damage because most standard homeowners insurance policies have a clause that indicates there is “no coverage for damage caused by a defective construction product.”
- A leaking water line could potentially cause foundation issues.
- A condo or single family homeowners association probably has a responsibility to inform potential buyers about defective plumbing. By not disclosing this information the HOA could be liable for concealing a known defect.
Our recommendation at least for now is if you have to re-pipe or replace a homes plumbing system please use American Made copper plumbing pipe. There have been too many problems with plastic pipes/Pex and we are pretty certain there will soon be more involving at least one major manufacturer.
Important Note: When it comes to purchasing pipe for your home only buy US made products.
Upcoming Events: We will soon be adding the names of specific US plumbing pipe manufacturers who stand behind their product and hopefully plumbing companies in US major metro areas who have experience re-piping homes.