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
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