Problematic Pipes:

POLYBUTYLENE PIPE

REPLACING POLYBUTYLENE PIPES

As polybutylene replacement specialists serving greater Colorado and Utah  areas since 1992, we’ve helped thousands of Colorado property owners replace polybutylene pipes. We were the primary replacement contractor for the Polybutylene Class Action Lawsuit from 1992 to 2009.  Polybutylene pipes were popular in construction between 1978 and 1996. We developed ‘the containment process’ and had a large influence in the type of piping that was used for replacement.

Tell me about Polybutylene?

A typical Polybutylene system is found in homes, hotels, multi-family housing, and mobile homes built between 1978 and 1996. Polybutylene was an inexpensive alternative to copper. It was much easier to install and one-third the cost of copper piping and PEX to purchase. Builders and plumbers welcomed the pipe as efforts to maintain profits in a slumping economy increased in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Approximately 7 million installations of  Polybutylene pipe occurred all across the United States. Installations include interior potable distribution, and hydronic heating. 

Do I have Polybutylene piping?

Conduct an inspection (BELOW) of your home to see if you have Polybutylene piping on your property. The first thing you should look for is dull gray (BELOW) or in rare cases black piping near the water heater area and running to the fixtures (toilets, sinks, etc.) throughout the home. You will also find acetel (grey plactic) or copper fittings with copper or aluminum crimp rings, see the fittings pictured in the photos below – there were 3 generations of  Polybutylene fittings, each redesigned to eliminate the recurring problems after installation. Do not be fooled by copper “stub outs” which may appear under sinks and toilets, quite often they have been transitioned via crimp to Polybutylene behind the wall. These three photos will help to identify Polybutylene pipes in a home:

WHAT NOW?

Over a period of time Polybutylene is alleged to fail and cause damage to the home and or property. The acetel fittings, as well as the pipe lose their solubility, then shrink and become brittle, resulting in failure due to the lack of calibration on the crimp ring. Failures occur without warning and often go undetected for some time. Several lawsuits were filed throughout the 1980’s and a Class Action was funded by the manufacturers (COX V SHELL).

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

Our online cost calculator gives you a free price quote instantly. It will ask you a series of simple questions about your home and then produce an initial quote to replace the Kitec plumbing in your home. 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.