Polybutylene, also known as Poly B, is not the same as PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride) piping. Polybutylene is a form of plastic resin that was used extensively in the manufacture of water supply piping from 1978 until 1995. Due to its low cost and easy installation, polybutylene piping systems were a very popular substitute for traditional copper piping.
Throughout the 1980’s lawsuits were filed complaining of allegedly defective manufacturing and defective installation causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The manufacturers have agreed to fund the Class Action settlement and you can contact the appropriate settlement claim company to find out if you qualify under this settlement.
A few facts about homes fitted with polybutylene plumbing:
- They sell for less.
- They take longer to sell.
- They will decrease in value over time compared to those with copper plumbing.
- Insurance companies could limit coverage or increase premiums in homes with polybutylene leak claims.
Polybutylene piping is typically found in the following areas of a house:
- Entering the water heater
- Crossing basement ceilings
- Feeding sinks, toilets, and bathtubs
- Entering the home through basement walls, etc.
- Attached to the home’s main water shutoff valve
- Attached to the home’s water meter
Why you should replace polybutylene plumbing
Polybutylene water pipes are no longer acceptable by U.S. building codes. It takes about 10-15 years for polybutylene piping to deteriorate, but because it deteriorates from the inside out, it’s difficult to assess the extent of the damage. A licensed plumber can determine the material and age of your pipes. Visit Polybutylene.com for more information.
Competency, skill, and a tradition of excellence make Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer the best choice for your plumbing or remodeling needs. All of our plumbers are licensed professionals with extensive industry knowledge.
Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been replacing polybutylene pipes in St. Louis homes for more than 30 years. Our family owned business prides itself on our solid reputation in the community. Give us a call and see for yourself why our loyal customers won’t use anyone else!
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