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If you have polybutylene piping in your home, you have an increased risk of leaks and water damage.
Polybutylene is a plastic resin that was very popularly used in the making of pipes and fitting from 1978 through 1995, and it is estimated to have bee installed in between 6 to 10 million homes in the United States. Because of how easy it was to install, and how much less it cost than copper piping, it was sometimes considered the pipe of the future. Typically gray, black, or blue in color, polybutylene piping can most easily be found under kitchen sinks or around hot water heaters, but it could just as easily be hidden behind your walls and under your floorboards.
Why is polybutylene piping bad?
Over time, as the pipes age and are exposed to chlorine and other oxidants in the water supply, polybutylene piping will begin to scale and crack, usually on a scale too small to be seen with the naked eye. In fact, detecting problems with a polybutylene plumbing system is so difficult, that there can be a serious systemic issue throughout your house that show no symptoms until the point of a catastrophic failure.
If you have a water leak issue in your home and suspect that it may be due to failing polybutylene plumbing, call us today. Leaks caused by failed pipes are typically covered by insurance. We’re certified specialists and can help with removing and replacing water damaged walls, floorboards, or any other part of your home affected by failed plumbing.
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