From 1978 to 1995, polybutylene was the preferred piping material for builders across the country. It was cheap, easy to install and was proclaimed to be the future of piping. The problem with polybutylene is that it tends to fail suddenly, spectacularly, and completely without warning. Polybutylene pipes are typically gray in color, and you should be able to see them near your water heater and leading to your sinks and toilets. If your home is more than 10 years old and you have polybutylene pipes, call James A. Wheat & Sons right away! Every day you wait to get polybutylene pipe replacement significantly adds to your risk of pipe failure!
Polybutylene is a cheap, easy to install plastic resin that, unfortunately, was too good to be true. What happens is the chemicals added to water to fight bacteria, specifically chlorine, also attack sensitive parts of the poly pipe and fittings. Ultimately, this leads to cracking and total failure of the pipes.
If you’ve had polybutylene pipes for more than 10 years and they’ve been fine, don’t be fooled into thinking that they’ll last forever. This is not true! Every day you don’t have polybutylene replacement, you significantly increase your risk of catastrophic pipe failure. Some of the risks associated with polybutylene pipes include:
Moreover, many mortgage lenders have been refusing to lend for properties with polybutylene pipes, specifically because these risks are so prevalent. If you’ve got polybutylene pipes in your home and you are planning to sell, you could have some trouble! Normally, real estate agents leave it up to buyers and sellers to negotiate the terms of polybutylene replacement.
Polybutylene piping replacement can be messy. If you need polybutylene replacement, call James A. Wheat & Sons. Our plumbers operate with the highest level of professionalism, and we will do everything we can do ensure that your polybutylene replacement goes smoothly and with minimal interruptions to your daily activities.
Polybutylene replacement comes with a lot of other benefits as well! In addition to the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home isn’t going to be destroyed by flooding, pipe replacement also usually results in better water pressure, can add significant value to your home and is a great time to take care of other projects, including upgrading faucets or toilets and even your water heater!
Polybutylene pipe failure has been a nightmare for millions of families throughout the country, and many here in Montgomery County, Maryland and the Washington, DC area. Don’t let problems with polybutylene piping cost you thousands of dollars in property damage and repairs. If you have polybutylene piping and need polybutylene replacement, call James A. Wheat & Sons today!