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How to Deal with Outdated Polybutylene Pipes

How to Deal with Outdated Polybutylene Pipes

Polybutylene pipes are much more prone to erosion from chemicals in the water systems than your other pipe materials.

If you are a homeowner and have polybutylene pipes, you have to know everything about them. Polybutylene pipes are inexpensive, flexible pipes that were installed in millions of homes from 1978 to 1995. Although this was the go-to pipe choice of the time, it was of substandard quality, causing these pipes to wear out quicker than higher quality materials – such as PVC or copper. Polybutylene pipes are also much more prone to erosion from chemicals in the water systems than your other pipe materials. Read on to learn how to deal with outdated polybutylene pipes.

Pipe Leaks from Chemical Harm

Chemicals such as chlorine can corrode your pipes, weakening them to the point that leaks will crop up and cause them to rupture. The pipes have to be replaced, but the water damage caused by leaks and broken pipes can be quite extensive. Damaged walls, floors, and ceilings would have to be all repaired and replaced, resulting in many costly repair bills. Another factor that causes this kind of plumbing system to fail is poor installation.

Do You Currently Have Polybutylene Pipes?

Polybutylene pipes have been used for indoor plumbing and for outdoor water mains too. The pipes were sometimes paired up with metal fittings making it much more challenging to determine if your home has polybutylene pipes. A professional plumber knows that there is more involved than just looking at the parts of the pipe that are visible.

A professional plumber can help you find out whether or not your property has polybutylene pipes. If the seller/owner doesn’t know whether a home has polybutylene pipes. It is crucial to have your house closely inspected for this reason because it can otherwise be next to impossible to tell. If you are trying to sell your house, either the seller can have the pipes replaced by a professional plumber of the selling price could be reduced and a disclaimer written out that shows that the buyer was aware of the kind of plumbing system that is currently in the home. In this way, the seller, realtor, and buyer are protected against any potential claims in the event the pipe system fails.

Alpha Plumbing will help you remove and replace your polybutylene pipes with a more updated system that won’t cause water damage or leaks in your home.


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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