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What is polybutylene and how does it affect me?

From 1978-1995 polybutylene pipes were in high demand. Polybutylene is a plastic resin used for piping. Qualities like being inexpensive, flexible, resistant to freezing, and easy to install made it very popular. About 6-10 million homes installed this “pipe of the future”, but it was a costly disaster resulting in a $1 billion Class Action settlement in 1995.

Polybutylene pipes were thought to be durable, but now they are known for rupturing and deteriorating after 10-15 years. They’re in fact, so unstable, that they can develop cracks and holes leaving them susceptible to leaks. Leaks lead to growing mold, water damage, and flooding. They have even been known to affect homeowners insurance and cause thousands of dollars in damages.

How do I know if I have it?

Polybutylene is commonly gray and between ½” or 1″ in diameter. It may also show “PB” lettering from the printed label and have a curved appearance. Some places you can find them in your home are:

  • The walls connecting the sinks and toilets
  • By the water heater
  • The main water shut off going into house

What do I do next?

The sooner you start re-piping the better. Every year produces greater risk because oxidants, like chlorine, run through the water supply and react to the polybutylene piping and acetal fittings. As a result, there will be micro-fracturing that make the pipes scale, flake, and then become brittle. Once the basic structural integrity of your home is compromised there’s no telling the damage it’ll do to your property.

Homes that have polybutylene are often blacklisted by insurance companies. To get proper insurance coverage and keep the resell value of your property you should consider re-piping as soon as possible.

At DiMartino Plumbing we specialize in re-piping.
Our trained & trusted technicians are experienced in inspecting, planning and executing re-piping projects preserving the flooring intact (as much as possible) by diverting pipes through walls and above the ceiling. This is much faster and less disturbing to your property, your budget, and your family life.

What should I expect from re-piping?

Depending on the complexity and size of your home’s piping system, re-piping usually takes about 1-2 days. You can be present in your home for the process, but your water will have to be shut off.

We understand your home is your biggest investment. If you’re not sure about the pipes in your home or know you need them re-piped, call us at (561) 733-0500! We’d love to answer your questions and assist you.

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