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The Problem with Polybutylene Pipes (and What to Do if You Have Them in Your Home)


What’s Wrong with Polybutylene Pipes?

Between the years of 1978 and 1995, manufacturers switched from making pipes out of copper and began using polybutylene, a more affordable plastic resin typically found in shades of dull gray or white. It is estimated that roughly 10 million homes were built with polybutylene pipes during the construction boom of the 1980s and 90s.

Despite its prevalence, polybutylene has proved to be in adequate to meet the demands of home plumbing systems. Pipes made of polybutylene tend to wear down and are often slowly eaten away from the inside as they interact with oxidants in the water, making it difficult to gauge the strength or functionality of a given pipe from an outward inspection.

If you have polybutylene pipes in your home, it is only a matter of time until they burst, causing a very expensive mess and costly re-piping.

What Should I Do if I Have Polybutylene Pipes in My Home?

To find out if you have polybutylene pipes in your house, check the color of the pipes and identify those that are white, grey, black or blue. They are usually between .5” and 1” in diameter and often run underground, entering the home through places like basements, typically close to a home’s water heater. They are also often visible in basements and typically run along the walls or across the ceiling.

Plumbing Service in Idaho Falls, ID

If you have polybutylene pipes in your home, act immediately and call Advanced Home Services for help with re-piping and installation of new plumbing fixtures that will last. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you resolve any piping problems you may have, even in case of an emergency.

We’re ready to help at the drop of a hat! Call 208-745-9406 to get your free estimate or contact us online to request a service.

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