Polybutylene piping was once dubbed “the piping of the future” for its affordability and installation ease. That is, until this type of piping became synonymous with poor quality. It might be time for your polybutylene replacement.
Once a preferred building material and thought of as a viable replacement for copper pipes, polybutylene was commonly used over the course of about 20 years from 1978 to 1955 in all types of construction. But it isn’t a question of if polybutylene plastic piping will fail, but when it will fail. This is largely because the plastic erodes easily, which causes the joints to leak – and being that it can take several years for polybutylene to fail, you could be living with a ticking time bomb ready to cause some major water damage on your property.
While polybutylene isn’t ideal, it can be replaced – and we can help. Refitting a home can take several days and often involves some invasive cutting into wall cavities and ceilings to reach and replace all existing polybutylene, but it’s worth making the upgrade to copper plumbing as it pertains to the overall long-term well-being of your property.
How do I Know it’s Polybutylene?
Polybutylene is usually flexible and curved. If you can see the piping, look for a “PB2110” marking on it. It’s also usually gray in color and ranges from a half inch up to 1 inch in diameter. You can also contact us: We’ll be happy to come out to your property, inspect it and discuss replacement solutions.
Contact Us Today
For more information on polybutylene replacement, and to discuss refitting your property and ridding it of this error-prone piping material, contact us today.