WHAT IS A POLYBUTYLENE REPIPE?
Polybutylene re-pipe is a complete replacement of the defective polybutylene potable water system in a home. All pipe, fittings, stop valves and supply lines are replaced with either Copper or Aquapex (PEX) (Zippy Zebra Recommended).. Most re-pipe jobs take 1-4 days, with minimum interruption of water service (up to 4 hours total), ensuring the livability of the home.
HYSTORY OF THE POLYBUTYLENE PIPE
Polybutylene water pipe was used in the construction of millions of homes and commercial buildings in the late 70’s through the mid 90’s while the construction industry, in many of the warmer states, was flourishing. At that time the co-polymer plastic pipe was considered to be the “pipe of the future” used as both underground water mains and interior water distribution lines, when it suddenly started to fail causing devastating losses for many homeowners across the nation.
WHAT MAKES IT FAIL?
What causes polybutylene pipes to deteriorate can be attributed to the oxidants in the water. With the increased usage of chemicals like chlorine and other bacteria fighting ingredients significantly more failures occurred. These oxidants react with the polybutylene making it brittle and help in the development of micro cracks in the pipe that cause pipe bursting and severe floods.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE POLYBUTYLENE?
Interior Polybutylene pipe is easily recognized by its bluish gray color. Coming in from the outside this pipe will typically be attached to your main shutoff valve located close to your hot water heater. Just looking at the pipes may not give you any indication that there is a problem because the erosion and cracks start on the inside of the pipe. Be aware, what appears to be okay, may not be! It’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” your polybutylene water system will fail.
WHY YOU MUST REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE POLYBUTYLENE PLUMBING?
- IT ALWAYS FAILS.
- Polybutylene is proven to be a defective pipe and it is rather a matter of “when” than a matter of “if” it is going to fail.
- It lead to consecutive water leaks.
- Once your polybutylene pipes start failing that is usually followed by more water leaks and damages in a short period of time.
- Causes severs water damage.
- Polybutylene pipes leak two ways. The most obvious is when the pipe bursts. It is the most noticeable and if you’re very lucky you will find it quickly and stop it before extreme damage occurs, or if you are not so lucky a lot of damage can happen quickly. But more likely than not, you will get a pinhole leak that may go unnoticed for extended periods of time and will have the same cumulative effect as a burst line with the added problems of mold that can grow unnoticed as well.
- Repairs have no guarantee.
- A polybutylene leak is a symptom of a failed system that needs to be replaced. A repair is only very temporary buying time until the system replacement can be done. It is not even worth it to make repairs to Service Lines or leaks under concrete slabs.
- Leads to decreased property value, high insurance premiums, or even insurance policy cancelations.