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Polybutylene Pipes Can Cause Home Damage

Polybutylene is a type of plastic resin that was commonly used in the manufacture of water piping from 1978-1995. Because it was cheap to make and easy to install, it was seen as “the pipe of the future” and was used in anywhere from 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 southern Florida. If you have polybutylene plumbing in southwest Florida areas, specifically Estero, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Naples or Bonita Springs, you may way to consider home repiping before you run into major problems.

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 micro-fractures 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 in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Marco Island, or the surrounding areas, let the experts at Best Home Services 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 our home’s plumbing to determine if repiping is needed.

Whether you are in need of a full or partial repipe, trust Best Home Services. Give us a call at 239-284-1472 or 941-564-0004 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled technicians.

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