Don’t Let Polybutylene Pipes Damage Your Home
Polybutylene is a type of plastic resin that was commonly used in the manufacturing of water piping from 1978 to 1995. Because it was cheap to make and easy to install, it was seen as “the pipe of the future” and was used in anywhere between 6 million to 10 million homes.
Unfortunately, the failure of polybutylene plumbing systems has caused millions of dollars in damage in areas where it was commonly used, such as the “Sun Belt,” which extends through the southern portion of Florida. If you have polybutylene plumbing and you live in Southwest Florida, you may want to consider home repiping before you encounter major problems.
Avoid Disaster with Best Home Services’ Polybutylene Pipe Replacement
BHS provides polybutylene pipe replacements for residents across the Southwest Florida region. Our service area includes:
Identifying Polybutylene Plumbing
Typically, underground water mains made from polybutylene are blue, but they could also be gray or black. However, black polybutylene pipe should not be confused with polyethylene pipe. Exterior polybutylene pipes are usually ½” or 1” in diameter, and they frequently enter homes near the water heater. You should also check the pipe going into your water meter. Even if the plumbing in your home is copper or another material, polybutylene plumbing at the meter indicates that there is at least some poly pipe on your property.
Inside your home, polybutylene pipe can usually be found near your water heater, coming out of the wall to sinks and toilets and running across the ceiling in unfinished basements. They are usually white or gray in color and have a dull finish.
What to Do If Your Home Has Polybutylene for Plumbing
If your home has polybutylene for plumbing, your best option is to consider repiping as soon as possible. Over time, things like the chlorine in your water can react with polybutylene pipes and acetal fittings. This causes them to flake, scale and become brittle, eventually leading to microfractures and decreased structural integrity.
Replacing polybutylene plumbing is the only way to ensure that the plumbing in your home will not fail unexpectedly. If you require repiping and live within our service area, let the experts at BHS help. We offer reliable and affordable repipe services for homes with polybutylene plumbing. Not sure what type of plumbing your home has? One of our technicians will gladly come out and inspect your home’s plumbing to determine if repiping is needed.
Schedule Your Repiping Service Today
Whether you are in need of a full or partial repipe, you can place your trust in BHS for quality and efficient service. Our staff is mindful of your home and your time, arriving when we promise and taking great measures to ensure a clean work area. You’ll always know when one of our technicians arrive because they do so in a fully stocked and branded BHS vehicle. We run background checks on all of our technicians, and make certain that they are both licensed and insured.
Ready to get started? Give us a call at 941-306-4165 with any questions you may have and to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to send out one of our friendly and professional plumbing technicians promptly!