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TUBOS: The Faster, Less-Expensive Method

   Author: Kate Gawlik
Location: Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, FL-Aug. 11, 2011: Tubos, Inc. has introduced TUBOS„µ, a plumbing vent pipe extension. With TUBOS, projects meet local building codes by increasing the height of existing vent pipes to the required applicable height. This is done faster with fewer tools and less waste than traditional methods. TUBOS is designed for commercial and residential applications in any climate zone, and the product fits PVC and cast-iron vent pipes.

"TUBOS takes about two to three minutes to install and requires a saw and sealant for installation"-that's it," said Kevin Morris, CEO of Tubos, Inc. "This is a much more efficient and cost-effective system than the stainless-insert and no-hub methods traditionally used for plumbing vent pipe extensions."

TUBOS is a PVC system available in 4-, 3- and 2-inch widths to match standard vent pipe sizes. Installation begins by selecting the appropriate sized TUBOS and inserting it into the existing plumbing vent pipe; it is marked to the code-required height; and it is cut at this height. Once the extension and vent pipe are cleaned of any dirt, dust or debris, the extension is sealed in place with adhesive and/or sealant applied to TUBOS (this also stops methane gas from leaking out). An approved pipe flashing is then installed, following the manufacturer¡¦s recommendations.

Each TUBOS has a 6-inch-long joint splice-sleeve insert at each end, so one TUBOS is designed for two applications. "We eliminated wasting material by designing TUBOS to have two tapered ends for two vent pipe applications," Morris said. "Once one extension is cut to length, the remaining segment on the other end can be used for another pipe vent." In addition to reducing waste, this design saves contractors money; about $35 per application. TUBOS comes with a product warranty matching the length of the roofing application warranty.

Many contractors in Florida have been fortunate to test TUBOS, and the results and recommendations speak for themselves. Adam L. Smith, an estimator with McMullen Roofing, Clearwater, said: "The TUBOS product has made a tremendous impact on our roofing projects by saving us labor and providing a unique solution to a common problem. We have received excellent support and customer service from Tubos, Inc., and we highly recommend this product!" Geoffrey Hagan, LEED AP, environmental solutions manager at Tecta America Central Florida, Sanford, Fla., added: "Every commercial and/or residential reroof contractor has run into a sub-8-inch VTR scenario, broken or as is. Before TUBOS you had to enlist the plumber or get creative with an exterior sleeve¡Xnot ideal. These are great to stock in your service vans. Foremen hoard them behind the bench seat in their truck. You cannot do a reroof or a recover without them. Thank you Tubos, Inc. You have created a must-have for us."

The product also has improved the specification process. "Tubos, Inc. has invented an indispensable product that fills a huge void in the roofing industry. We like the product so much that it has become a permanent line item in our project specifications. Congrats on the idea, and we wish you every success with your business," said Robert Whitcomb, AIA, RRC, forensic architect, roofing & waterproofing consultant.

For a list of TUBOS distributors, visit or contact Kevin Morris at (727) 504-0633. Additional product information also is available at the site.

TUBOS, Inc., located in Clearwater, Fla., was founded in 2009 by Kevin Morris and Rick Maddox. Morris has been involved in the architectural sheet-metal industry since he was 15, and Maddox has been roofing since 1974. Together, Morris and Maddox founded the company and invented TUBOS based on plumbing vent pipe extension problems they regularly encountered.

TUBOS is a new and improved plumbing vent pipe extension. TUBOS, patent pending, is the fastest, cheapest and strongest method for extending your existing roof vent pipes/stacks. It¡¦s a user-friendly plumbing vent pipe extension to be installed at any location where the plumbing vent pipe height above the existing level of the finished roof system does not comply with applicable building code minimum requirements.

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