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4 Reasons Polybutylene Pipes Should Be Replaced

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Polybutylene Pipes

If your Whiskey Creek, FL building’s pipes were installed sometime between the 1970s and the 1990s, then it is possible that you might need to have them replaced. During that time, it was common to use polybutylene pipes because they were both easy and inexpensive to install. However, over time, it became clear that this material was not suitable for plumbing. If you do have this kind of pipe in your building, here are several reasons to have it replaced.

1. They Are Old

Even if polybutylene worked perfectly well in plumbing systems, plastic pipes don’t last as long as metal pipes and generally need to be replaced more often. If your pipes were installed around 50 years ago, they might be reaching the end of their lifespan and may start causing problems.

2. It Breaks Easily

One reason that this material is no longer used for plumbing is that it does not react well to chemicals commonly used for treating water. Anti-bacterial products and chlorine can cause the material to become brittle and more easily damaged. If the pipes break or crack, you will end up having to deal with water damage.

3. It Can Contaminate Your Water Supply

Another reason to consider installing new plumbing pipes is that this material can affect the quality of your water. As the pipes break down, chemicals can begin leaching into the water. You certainly don’t want to drink contaminated water or serve it to employees or guests.

4. You Cannot Have Them Repaired

Because polybutylene piping has proven to be unsuitable for plumbing systems, you cannot have it repaired. Building codes in the United States will no longer recognize this kind of pipe and they will always need to be replaced.
For these reasons, if you have this kind of pipe in your plumbing system, you should have it replaced as soon as possible. If you experience damage to your building as a result of a broken or damaged pipe, a water damage remediation company can clean and restore the property.

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