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Troy: Hello, this is Troy with Champion Plumbing out of Eagan, Minnesota. I’m here with Cole, we’re at the back of the shop, and there has been a lot of calls for drains leaking. It seems most of them end up being the old ABS plastic pipes. All the ABS in the Midwest is foam core and the stuff is just expiring, it’s in past its life expectancy. The quality of it works, but it’s not very good, so we replace everything with PVC, it’s going to last longer. Cole, you want to tell people even finding out there?
Cole: Well, just today out of a kitchen sink, the drain coming down into the basement, this actual piece right here was glued into a fitting and it was cracked right at the top of the fitting. Basically same fitting as this, but this is a PVC. This was cracked right up top, so it was broken right in there and it was leaking.
Troy: This is coming out of the kitchen drains is what we’re finding?
Cole: Usually every time I’ve been going to lately, it’s been kitchen drains. They get used the most, dishwashers, very hot water, right, has a lot to do with it. This was the second leak that was a few feet up that broke right off at a fitting joint also. And it looks like someone tried to put silicone on it, which that’s just kind of-
Troy: Never a good idea.
Cole: Put that on to give us a call to come the next day type of deal, but that’s about it. These do cause a lot of damage to the people that I’ve been to, the wreck in their ceilings or sheetrock, and that’s where they find the leak. And it’s always the kitchen sink lately.
Troy: So if you have an ABS pipe in a house that’s 20, 30, especially 40, 50 years old, take a peak, don’t don’t wait until you have a problem, have somebody get out there and get that stuff replaced. You can find us on the web, www.championplumbing.net, and call us at (651) 362-2622. Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button. Anything you want to add, Cole?
Cole: Well, if we’re going to do a repair, we’ll do it like this. Usually, a finished ceiling, probably just replace everything with PVC.
Troy: Then they know they won’t have any problems.
Cole: Correct. One thing quick too, ABS is this the one glue joint, just this right here, one can, the PVC actually is a two-part. You take the primer, you clean the fitting with that right here, primer, purple and then you put the glue on. So two application.
Troy: What does the primer do, why are we using two as opposed to one?
Cole: Well, the primer works has a cleaner for the pipe and also once you glue it, it makes like a epoxy bond. It basically fuses the two fittings together, basically melts it.
Troy: Kind of melts the plastic.
Cole: Yes. Versus the ABS, it’s just a one application. Three minutes for good handle, 30 minutes for full, but I just feel the PVC is a lot better way to go with the primer and glue.
Troy: Yeah, I agree. Again, click that subscribe button and give us a call if you have any plumbing issues. Thank you.
Cole: Thank you.