Problematic Pipes:

POLYBUTYLENE PIPE REPLACEMENT

REPLACING POLYBUTYLENE PIPES

As polybutylene replacement specialists we’ve been replacing polybutylene pipes throughout Colorado and Utah since 1992. We were the primary replacement contractor for the Polybutylene Class Action Lawsuit from 1992 to 2009. And, we developed and perfected the “containment process” copied by most replumb and repipe contractors today.

Polybutylene pipes were popular in construction between 1978 and 1996. Polybutylene was used because it was flexible, easy to install, and inexpensive compared to Pex and Copper.  As a result, it was installed in homes, hotels, multi-family housing, and mobile homes. Approximately 7 million installations of Polybutylene pipe occurred across the United States in both interior and exterior water service applications.

WHY REPLACE POLYBUTYLENE PIPES?

Polybutylene pipes installed with acetal resin fittings have failed when the water supply has a high concentration of chlorine.  The chlorine causes the pipe and the acetal fittings used on the pipes to lose their solubility. This in turn causes them to shrink and become brittle resulting in failure of the crimp ring calibration. The erosion and failure can take years to happen. Failures occur without warning (like when you are on vacation) and often go undetected for some time. 

HOW TO IDENTIFY POLYBUTYLENE PIPES

To identify polybutylene pipes, look for dull gray or black piping near the water heater. Also look at the lines running to the fixtures (toilets, sinks, etc.) throughout the property. You may find acetal or copper fittings with copper or aluminum crimp rings (see the fittings pictured below.) 

But, do not be fooled by copper “stub outs” under sinks and toilets. These, quite often they have been crimped to Polybutylene behind the walls. Additionally, you should inspect the main line or yard service line entering the dwelling from the meter (street.)

BUYING A HOUSE WITH POLYBUTYLENE PLUMBING

Are you considering buying a house with polybutylene plumbing? If the pipes have not failed yet, they will eventually.  Water leaks are most often found at the most inconvenient times. Because of that, we recommend negotiating the polybutylene replacement with the seller during the home inspection. Your Realtor should be able to guide you through this.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions, would like an inspection, a FREE ONLINE QUOTE or an onsite inspection and formal quote.

WHAT IS THE COST TO REPLACE POLYBUTYLENE PIPES?

The cost to replace polybutylene pipes varies from property to property.  To calculate the cost of polybutylene replacement we take into account a number of factors.  Firstly, we look at the type of home: single family, multi-family, condo, etc.  A single-family home will have fewer issues than a condo or multi-family home.  Secondly, we take into consideration the floorplan.  Is it a single level or multi-story?  If it is a single level does it have a crawlspace or is it on a slab?   If there is a basement, is it finished or unfinished? How many square feet is the house?

Lastly, we look at the number of fixtures to be replaced and the product we are replacing it with. For example, Pex or copper.  As you can see, based on the number of factors involved the cost to replace polybutylene pipes is not a one price fits all kind of thing.  That being said, getting an estimate is simple with our online repipe cost calculator.

ONLINE REPIPE COST CALCULATOR

Our online repipe cost calculator gives you a free price quote instantly. It will ask you a series of simple questions as described above. Once you’ve answered the questions it will produce an initial quote to replace the polybutylene pipes in your property. No need to make an appointment or wait for a site visit. Our price quote includes a ‘Turnkey’ professional replumb including all drywall, texture, paint, and tile repairs. Using our online cost calculator to generate a quote to replumb your home is simple and only takes a few minutes.