Replacing Your Polybutylene Pipes

In the 1970’s to the 1990’s homes were built with polybutylene pipes. These types of pipes were inexpensive and easy to install. However, plumbing professionals have found that these types of pipes are prone to oxidation and exposure to chlorine in the water can cause the pipes to swell and crack; leading to flood damage in the home.

If you fear you have polybutylene pipes in your home, call a plumbing professional to check on them. If they are found, you’ll want to replace the pipes as they can rupture without notice.

If you purchased a home or are looking to purchase a home built during this time, make sure you hire a professional plumber to ensure the pipes are still in good shape. A thorough review of the pipes will alert you to any serious issues that can be foreseen and potentially avoided.

Then, check your homeowners’ insurance policy to guarantee you’re protected from any damages.

Since Polybutylene piping has been banned, almost all new home builds and renovations use copper or durable PEX. This includes adapters and valves. These options are durable, flexible and corrosion resistant. In fact, copper can have a lifespan of 50+ years. While PEX is the more affordable option for most home owners.

If you are looking to replace your Polybutylene pipes, the best choice in plumbing systems will be the one that works best for you, your home, your budget and your climate.

If you have questions or concerns about Polybutylene pipe, call Connelly Plumbing Solutions are locally owned and operated right here in Kansas City. We will provide you with the proper testing you need.

At CPS, we strive to help customers understand what is going on with their plumbing system and to give them the pros and cons of every option so that they can make the most educated decision.