Free piping, important pet news, phone scam

June 20, 2008 8:49:36 PM PDT
You might be able to benefit from a billion dollar class action settlement. Piping Eligibility

You may be eligible to have the entire plumbing system in your home replaced.

It's all thanks to a class action settlement, but you need to submit your claim as soon as possible.

This is the final year consumers can take advantage of a 1.1-billion-dollar class action settlement.

The settlement entitles qualified homeowners to replace leaking polybutylene pipe plumbing systems.

"Eligible homeowners will receive a free plumbing replacement, typically valued at five to $8,000," Tim Taylor of Consumer Plumbing Recovery Center said.

The PB pipe systems are distinguished by flexible, gray, plastic pipes joined by plastic or metal insert fittings. The pipe is normally found inside a home's attic, crawl space, or water heater closet and is often beneath insulation materials.

To qualify, the plumbing must have been installed between January 1, 1978 and July 1995. It must also meet specific leak and filing requirements. Class members have until May 1 of next year to file a claim.

File online at or call 1-800-392-7591.

Rating Veterinarians

The latest issue of Checkbook Magazine is now on newsstands. This time consumers rated auto repair shops, the best and worst places to go in a medical emergency, and veterinarians in the Delaware Valley.

Checkbook Magazine says when it comes to taking your pets to the doctor shop around, particularly, if you care about price.

"For spaying a six and a half-month old cat, dramatic difference, from less than $100 to more than $500 for the exact same procedure," Robert Krughoff of Checkbook Magazine said.

The chief complaint among pet owners? Vets who start procedures without first explaining the cost or other options.

It is important, according to Krughoff to look at the cleanliness of the facility and how engaged the staff is with the pets. Also, make sure to get references.


Red Cross Warns of Scam

A warning from the American Red Cross about a scam targeting military families..

Dee Durbin says she got a call from someone claiming to be from the Red Cross.

The person claimed her 19-year-old son was injured in Iraq.

"He said we're asking for a $5,000 donation from you and you can put that on a credit card," Durbin said.

The Red Cross says a con artist made the call. The Red Cross does not inform families about wounded military members nor does it solicit money from relatives.

The scam appears to have started in Central Texas but the Red Cross says it is happening elsewhere.