WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Homeowners Consumer Center is now urging a prospective home purchaser in a top 200 US metro area to retain the services of a reputable local plumber for an inspection to ensure the proposed home does need substantial plumbing repairs or a complete plumbing system replacement also known as a re-pipe. The average cost of a plumbing re-pipe for a single-family home in the United States is about $10,000 and most home inspections in the US do not cover defective plumbing pipe, or a plumbing system that needs to be replaced.
A reputable local plumber should be able to determine if a home's plumbing system for an existing single-family home is adequate and not in need of expensive repairs or a complete replacement. The cost of this inspection should not be more than $200. http://HomeownersConsumerCenter.Com
The Homeowners Consumer Center says, "We seriously doubt your average home building inspector will know about defective residential pipe and we doubt they will they mention--a home's plumbing pipes need to be replaced because of age or because they are defective. As mentioned, a home plumbing replacement costs about $10,000 and we do not want one new homeowner to unknowingly get stuck for the cost of a home re-pipe if they do not have to. If a home's plumbing system needs a re-pipe or replacement, we think this is something that can be negotiated between buyer, and the seller with the bank-mortgage company holding in escrow the amount needed to complete a home's plumbing system replacement.
"Our affiliated groups have been involved in some of the most important plumbing pipe recalls or litigation in the US for the last fifteen years. These recalls or class actions involve millions of homes. In most instances the plumbing pipe was never replaced. We were also the first group in the nation to call attention to poorly made imported Chinese copper residential plumbing pipe-used in at least a million US homes." http://HomeownersConsumerCenter.Com
Types of residential plumbing pipe subject to a recall, litigation or that should be replaced because of age:
- Imported Chinese copper residential plumbing pipe (2003-2009).
- Kitec Plumbing Systems (recalled 2005)
- Polybutylene plumbing pipe frequently starts to fail within 20 years.
- Older homes built in the 1960's may have galvanized pipe that should be replaced-because of age.
- Pex Pipe with defective brass fittings
In order to assist home buyers in a top 200 US metro area such as Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Chicago, Omaha, Boston, Phoenix, Minneapolis or Atlanta the Homeowners Consumer Center intends to create a list of reputable residential plumbing firms in each of the top 200 US metro areas that know a potential residential plumbing problem when they see one. The group intends to have this initiative up and running by March of 2019.
The Homeowners Consumer Center's goal is to prevent a home purchaser from unwittingly purchasing an existing home with a defective plumbing system in need of major repairs, a home's plumbing system that needs to be completely replaced or both. At the same time the group intends to educate existing or potential home buyers about why it is necessary to re-pipe/install new plumbing pipe in a house with roughly the same regularity a home needs a roof replacement. http://HomeownersConsumerCenter.Com
M. Thomas Martin
SOURCE Homeowners Consumer Center