Protecting America's Homeowners or Property Owners From Defective Plumbing Pipe

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Plumbing Pipe Advocate Warns Homeowners to Only Buy Copper or Pex Type Plumbing Pipe or Fittings That Are Made in The USA Because Made in China Does Not Translate into Quality

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is saying, “We are urging homeowners that are about to do a home improvement project to avoid purchasing plumbing products that are not made in the USA. Assembled in the USA in our book does not qualify as made in the USA. We need to also mention there a serious problem with Chinese made copper plumbing pipes that were used in residential construction between 2003 and 2012 in Western States like California and we suspect the problem is about to go national with class action lawsuits.

“We find it astonishing but Chinese made copper residential pipe, and Chinese made copper and brass plumbing fittings are still being sold in the largest home improvement stores in the United States. Within the last year sales associates in these stores have told us-quote ‘our customers want cheap, so this is exactly why we sell these Chinese made plumbing pipes or fittings.’ While these home improvement stores might stand behind Chinese made copper plumbing pipe or Chinese made fittings if they fail, why go through the hassle of having to hire an attorney to get reimbursed for the pipe replacement or damage?” http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is also urging home buyers who are looking at newly built single-family homes, condominiums and or townhomes to verify the property is plumbed with residential plumbing pipes and plumbing fittings that are made in the USA. Prior to closing on the property, the home buyer should get the warranty information in writing on the pipe and or fittings from the builder. The Advocate fears if the largest home improvement stores in the USA are still selling Chinese made copper pipe or pipe fittings-some homebuilders may still be using these products because they are so cheap. http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

According to the group, “As we have seen with other Chinese made building products such as toxic Chinese drywall, if the homebuilder goes broke because they used defective construction products the homeowners only recourse may be attempting a file a lawsuit against a Chinese company. As we saw with toxic Chinese drywall the Chinese do not stand behind the products they make. If you are about to buy a new home or remodel and existing one please make certain you specify only USA Made plumbing products-to include:

  • Copper residential plumbing pipe
  • Brass plumbing fittings
  • Pex pipe and or pex pipe systems
  • Cast iron plumbing pipe or fittings (Insist on McWane-The best cast iron pipe in the world)
  • Stainless steel plumbing pipe
  • Stainless steel plumbing pipe fittings

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate’s number one goal is protecting America’s home buyers or homeowners from defective plumbing pipes. In the strongest terms-possible the Advocate is urging homeowners to avoid a band-aid approach for major plumbing repairs, re-pipes, or plumbing patch jobs as the cost may outweigh the benefit. The group is urging homeowners and homebuilders to only use plumbing pipe and or plumbing fittings that are made in the USA. http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com


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Plumbing Pipe Advocate Now Urges Home Buyers Nationwide to Hire a Top Local Plumber for A Plumbing Inspection to Ensure the Proposed Home Does Not Have Defective/Outdated Pipes

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Plumbing Pipe Advocate says, “We are urging a residential home buyer to be proactive and hire a highly regarded local plumber to do a plumbing inspection of your proposed home. We do not have the same sense of urgency with a just completed new home. New homes typically come with a one-year warranty from the home builder-existing single-family homes do not. When a buyer purchases an existing home-it is incumbent on them to get a home inspection and a home plumbing inspection.

“We do not want a home buyer using a home building inspector for a plumbing inspection because they may not know what to look for, and even if they do-they might not tell you about what they discovered. The first question we would recommend a home buyer ask a home inspector is-does your inspection cover plumbing pipe, and how well versed are you on the topic defective or old plumbing pipes in residential homes or townhomes? Trust us on this one-please take our advice and hire a local plumber that has very good reviews. Use an expert for your proposed home’s plumbing inspection. It should cost about $200 and it is money very well spent.”http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

The problem the Plumbing Pipe Advocate discovered is a home building inspector may not want to tell the home buyer that the home needs a $10,000 re-pipe out of fear the proposed sale will blow up and an infuriated real estate agent will never use that home building inspector again. Home building inspectors are frequently in a very difficult position. Because of this possible conflict of interest on the part of the inspector the Plumbing Pipe Advocate always suggests the buyer find a local plumber with a sterling reputation for the home/townhome plumbing inspection.http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

Types of defective/worn out plumbing pipes a Home Buyer should be aware of Prior to purchasing a Home from the Plumbing Pipe Advocate:

  • Polybutylene Plumbing Pipe: Polybutylene plumbing was used in millions of homes built in the United States from 1978 until 1995 coast to coast.
  • Chinese Copper Plumbing Pipe: Chinese copper plumbing pipe was first introduced in single family homes in the early 2000’s and it is still being used today. It is the opinion of the Plumbing Pipe Advocate that US homes that contain Chinese made copper pipe should be re-plumbed because the pipes leak, and or are subject to pin hole leaks. Chinese residential copper pipe has been discovered in California. It is presumed homebuilders nationwide have used nationwide. Chinese made copper plumbing pipes are currently being sold in the largest home improvement stores.
  • Galvanized Plumbing Pipe: Galvanized plumbing pipe was used in the United States up to the mid 1960’s. Homes that contain galvanized pipe should have these types of pipes replaced because they are at the effective end of their life.

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is urging a potential home buyer to review an article from an insurance trade publication about defective plumbing pipes.http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2013/03/25/285518.htm

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate’s number one goal is protecting America’s home buyers or homeowners from defective plumbing pipes. If the home buyer is aware of plumbing issues they can plan for a re-pipe before they move into the house. A re-pipe of a house is no different than replacing a home’s roof. If a home’s plumbing system is past its effective life span or if defective plumbing pipe or plumbing fittings are in the home-the home should be re-plumbed with plumbing products that are made in the USA and come with a warranty. In the strongest terms-possible the Advocate is also urging home buyers to avoid a band-aid approach or plumbing patch jobs as the cost may outweigh the benefit. 
http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

MarketWatch

Plumbing Pipe Advocate Now Urges Home Buyers Nationwide to Hire a Reputable Local Plumber to Inspect the House Before Closing-So There are no Costly Plumbing Pipe Surprises

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is urging anyone who is about to purchase an existing home in any US state to include a plumbing inspection by a reputable local plumbing contractor. The reason they are urging this is so the soon to be homeowner knows they are not buying a home that needs to be replumbed because it has defective plumbing pipe or because the home’s plumbing system needs to be replaced because of the age of the pipe. In the event the home needs to be replumbed-the replacement cost might be something that could be negotiated with the seller.

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is urging real estate agents to share this press release with their home buyer clients especially in California, Texas, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida,Georgia, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

According to the Plumbing Pipe Advocate, “We do not trust that a home building inspector will necessarily be up to speed on defective plumbing pipes such as polybutylene or defective brass pipe fittings that all combined are still in millions of homes throughout the United States. Unfortunately, a home inspector may be up to speed on the condition of a home’s roof but probably may not know much about plumbing pipes-and a water pressure test will not necessarily detect a plumbing pipe issue.

“Why is an independent plumbing inspection by a reputable local plumber so important? If you purchase a home with defective plumbing, or a plumbing system that is at the end of its useful life there may not be insurance coverage for damage done by a pipe burst or leaking pipe down the road.”http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

Types of defective/worn out plumbing pipes a Home Buyer should be aware of Prior to purchasing a Home from the Plumbing Pipe Advocate:

  • Polybutylene Plumbing Pipe: Polybutylene plumbing was used in millions of homes built in the United States from 1978 until 1995.
  • Chinese Copper Plumbing Pipe: Chinese copper plumbing pipe was first introduced in single family homes in the early 2000’s and it is still being used today. It is the opinion of the Plumbing Pipe Advocate that US homes that contain Chinese made copper pipe should be re-plumbed because the pipes leak, and or are subject to pin hole leaks that could cause extensive damage to a home. Chinese copper plumbing pipes in residential homes could soon become part of a national class action. If the litigation is successful there may not be insurance coverage for homes that contain Chinese made copper pipes because the litigation will have rendered them as defective.
  • Galvanized Plumbing Pipe: Galvanized plumbing pipe was used in the United States up to the mid 1960’s. Homes that contain galvanized pipe should have these types of pipes replaced because they are at the effective end of their life.

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is urging a potential home buyer to review an article from an insurance trade publication about defective plumbing pipes and general information about residential plumbing.
http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2013/03/25/285518.htm

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate’s number one goal is protecting America’s home buyers or homeowners from defective plumbing pipes. If the home buyer is aware of plumbing issues they can plan for a re-pipe before they move into the house. A re-pipe of a house is no different than replacing a home’s roof. If a home’s plumbing system is past its effective life span or if defective plumbing pipe or plumbing fittings are in the home-the home should be re-plumbed with plumbing products that are made in the USA and come with a warranty. In the strongest terms-possible the Advocate is also urging home buyers to avoid a band-aid approach or plumbing patch jobs as the cost may outweigh the benefit. http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com


MarketWatch

Plumbing Pipe Advocate Now Urges Home Buyers Nationwide To Hire a Plumber to Inspect for Polybutylene Plastic Pipe or Chinese Copper Plumbing Pipes-As Both Should Be Replaced

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is now urging home buyers throughout the United States to include a reputable local plumber as part of their home inspection team to avoid unknowingly purchasing a home that has defective polybutylene pipe or cheap Chinese made copper plumbing pipe. Polybutylene plastic pipe was used throughout the United States from 1978 until 1995 and it should be replaced.

Chinese made copper residential pipe was introduced into the United States around 2004 and it is still being installed. There are numerous lawsuits related to Chinese made copper residential plumbing pipe that probably will become national class actions. Chinese copper pipes are prone to developing pin hole leaks and they should be replaced. The Chinese copper plumbing pipes are stamped ‘China’ so they should be easy for a plumber to discover. http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

According to the Plumbing Pipe Advocate, “We do not want a person or couple in any state who has just purchased a single-family home to get a shocked by the fact that their home building inspector failed to notice Polybutylene plumbing pipe or poorly made Chinese made copper plumbing pipe. It is for this reason we are urging a home buyer to include a very reputable local plumbing contractor to inspect the buyer’s potential home before closing. In addition to Polybutylene and or Chinese made defective copper pipe we are urging a home buyer to print out the list of defective pipe or pipe fittings from our website that we know are defective so that the plumber is on the lookout for these defective plumbing products.” http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

For a list of the 20 hottest US real estate markets please refer to the March 2017 Realtor.Com website that provides this information. The Seattle metro area should also be included in this list. In extremely hot real estate markets a seller may not be willing to provide an allowance for a home’s pipe or plumbing system replacement. The typical cost of a home re-pipe in the United States is between $8000 and $17,500 depending on the home and the cost of the material.http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/hottest-markets-real-estate-march-2017/.

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate is urging a potential home buyer to review an article from an insurance trade publication about defective plumbing pipes.http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2013/03/25/285518.htm

Important Tip for Home Buyers from the Plumbing Pipe Advocate: “The reason we are so focused on making certain a homebuyer does not inadvertently purchase a home with defective plumbing is-your standard homeowners insurance policy has language in it that states something like, ‘this policy does not cover damage caused by defective construction products or material.’ Translation-if an insurance adjuster discovers the pipe that caused significant-damage to a home was defective plumbing piping or a defective plumbing fitting-there may not be any insurance coverage for the damage.”

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate’s number one goal is protecting America’s home buyers or homeowners from defective plumbing pipes. If the home buyer is aware of plumbing issues they can plan for a re-pipe before they move into the house. A re-pipe of a house is no different than replacing a home’s roof. If a home’s plumbing system is past its effective life span or if defective plumbing pipe or plumbing fittings are in the home-the home should be replumbed with plumbing products that are made in the USA and come with a warranty. In the strongest terms-possible the Advocate is also urging home buyers to avoid a band-aid approach or plumbing patch jobs as the cost may outweigh the benefit. http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com


MarketWatch

Plumbing Pipe Advocate Launches a New Initiative Designed to Educate Home Buyers About Why a Home Inspection Must Include a Plumber Who Knows About Defective Pipe or Plumbing Fittings

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Plumbing Pipe Advocate says, “We are urging a home buyer anywhere in the United States to include a reputable local plumber as part of home inspection team to ensure they are not about to unknowingly purchase a home with defective plumbing pipes or pipe fittings. An average building inspector is probably up to speed on a roof that needs replacing-but it is highly unlikely they will know much about Chinese made copper plumbing pipes that are a failure waiting to happen or plastic plumbing pipes or plumbing fittings that could be problematic, or just a matter of time before they fail.” http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate’s number one goal is protecting America’s home buyers or homeowners from defective plumbing pipes. The last thing the group wants to see happen is a home buyer in any state unknowingly purchase a home that needs to be re-plumbed-or re-piped because of the age of the home’s plumbing pipes or because the home has plumbing pipes that are defective. If the home buyer is aware of plumbing issues they can plan for a re-pipe before they move into the house. A re-pipe of a house is no different than replacing a home’s roof. If a home’s plumbing system is past its effective life span or defective a re-pipe should happen and a band-aid approach or patch jobs are not a very good idea as the cost may outweigh the benefit.

 

Every home buyer or homeowner should know a home’s plumbing pipes will need to be replaced every thirty to fifty years-if the homes plumbing system consists of high quality plumbing pipes-such as the first-rate copper plumbing pipes that used to be made in the USA. However, with the advent of cheap plastic plumbing pipe, poorly made pipe fittings and or cheap US or Chinese made copper pipe-a home’s plumbing system may not last 10 years. http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

According to the Plumbing Pipe Advocate, “We are starting from scratch on our initiative. Our website has some very good information and we intend to add a lot more so that home buyers or homeowners are up to speed on need to know plumbing pipe issues. In the future, we also intend to start recommending US plumbing pipe manufacturing companies that we know make superior plumbing products that come with a warranty.

“We also intend to identify highly regarded local plumbing companies in each of the top 100+ US metro areas that have experience doing residential home re-pipes or plumbing system replacements. Like having a good roofer on call-we believe every US homeowner needs to have a dependable plumber that only installs the highest quality plumbing products as will explain.” http://PlumbingPipeAdvocate.Com

So that home buyers understand how big of an issue the integrity of a home’s plumbing system is according to the National Association of Realtors, “Last year saw a whopping 5.45 million sales of previously lived-in residences.” The Advocate believes a significant number of these previously lived in homes should have had a re-pipe prior to the buyer moving in. http://www.realtor.com/news/real-estate-news/existing-home-sales-december-2016/.

The Plumbing Pipe Advocate also fears some home building inspectors may fail to mention the age of a home’s plumbing system and issues related to replacement of the pipe. For information related to the average age of most US homes please refer the National Association of Home Builders website on this topic. http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/01/age-of-housing-stock-by-state/.

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