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How to Repair and Replace Polybutylene Piping

Posted by Nicole Platt on Apr 30, 2018 5:42:25 PM

Polybutylene piping was used in the manufacturing of water supply piping from 1978 until 1995. It was seen as a cheaper alternative to copper piping and was labeled the pipe of the future. Polybutylene is flexible, polymer piping and has a thin layer of aluminum between an inner and outer layer of plastic piping. Typically, the pipes are orange and blue and have brass fittings but sometimes that is not the case - it can also be gray or other colors. 

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What is Kitec Piping and Why is it an Issue?

Posted by Nicole Platt on Feb 28, 2018 1:50:05 PM

Kitec plumbing is a polymer pipe, typically installed in homes between 1995 and 2007, that is prone to spontaneously burst. While you can take steps to prevent leaks from these this type of piping, Kitec pipes are more likely to crack at any minute and cause major damage to your home. A major leak of this sort can not only cause serious damage to homes, but can also result in mold, mildew, and extremely high repair costs.  

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What Are Automatic Water Shutoff Valve Systems?

Posted by Nicole Platt on Feb 28, 2018 10:37:53 AM

Damage from water leaks cost insurance companies and homeowners billions of dollars every year. In the United States, around 23% of homeowners’ insurance claims are related to water damage. Water damage is so prevalent that a homeowner is 7 times more likely to experience water damage than burglary, and 6 times more likely to experience it than fire damage.

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Irrigation System Leaks: How to Identify and Address Them

Posted by Nicole Platt on Feb 12, 2018 4:03:11 PM

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

Most leaks indoors can be found when you notice water in a place it shouldn’t be. However, outdoor leaks, such as ones coming from irrigation systems, are much more difficult to detect. So how can you spot and address a leak outdoors?

If you have an unusual spike in your water bill, it could mean you have an undetected leak using costly amounts of water per day.

If you have soggy patches on your lawn, it could mean that a portion of your yard is being subjected to an overflow of water.

If you have a dying lawn, it could be a sign that your system is underwatering or overwatering your grass, depending on where the leak is.

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Leaks in Your Toilet Supply Line and How to Address Them

Posted by Nicole Platt on Feb 7, 2018 9:22:59 AM

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

Leaks in or around your toilet are often hard to detect and can cause damage that may not be immediately visible. Leaks in or around a toilet supply line can be coming from the tube itself or from around the fittings. It’s important to identify where a leak may be coming from to prevent damage to your bathroom and unnecessary charges on your bill.

Supply lines don’t last forever. If you have a leak coming from the supply line itself, such as holes or cracks in the tube, you will need to replace the hardware.

If you have a leak coming from the fittings, it’s likely you either need to tighten or replace the fittings themselves.

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Water Leaks & Why Leak Detection Is Crucial - Water Hero

Posted by Nicole Platt on Jan 23, 2018 2:05:14 PM

If you own a home, it’s likely you’ve experienced a leak of some kind. Whether it be minor and easily fixable (like a dripping faucet) or catastrophic and very damaging (like a burst pipe that ruins furniture and possessions), water leaks are costly and stressful. Water leaks can come in all sizes and strengths, but are often an overlooked issue until it’s too late. Here are a few answers to some common questions regarding water leaks.

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Water Hero Saves Home From Catastrophic Leak Damage

Posted by Dan Sterling on Jan 22, 2018 10:06:48 PM

On October 9th, 2017 at 10PM, a pipe burst in the ceiling of a doctor’s home in a small town on Staten Island while he was about to go away for the weekend.  We know this is typical - 1 in 55 homes have a severe water leak each year in the United States, and this one had the potential to cause over $100,000 worth of damage. 

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Water Hero Saves Home from Burst Pipe

Posted by Dan Sterling on Jan 2, 2018 4:35:47 PM

On October 9th, 2017 at 10PM, a pipe burst in the ceiling of a doctor’s home in a small town on Staten Island while he was about to go away for the weekend.  We know this is typical - 1 in 55 homes have a severe water leak each year in the United States, and this one had the potential to cause over $100,000 worth of damage. 

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