If your home was built around 1978-1995, there is a good chance that the original installer ran Polybutylene piping on your house. This piping may be in your yard between the meter (or Well) and your house, throughout your house, or both. Polybutylene may be identified by its color. It is typically gray or blue but was also manufactured in black as well.
The problems with Polybutylene began to occur in the early 1990’s. The piping begins to develop pinhole leaks from the inside out. These leaks can cause major damage to your home as well as skyrocket your water bill.
When the leak occurs under a slab, hardwood floors may buckle or carpet padding could be ruined. In extreme scenarios, a large leak could begin to cause a foundation issue with the slab itself. If a leak occurs in the walls or ceiling of your home, it can quickly create mold in the walls before revealing itself.
A leak on the pipe running to your house is less likely to cause severe damage to your home, but may still be very costly. Unless the leak occurs at the house or at the meter box, it tends to go below ground rather than surface. As a result, you may be completely unaware that you have a leak until your next water bill comes in. We have had customers tell us that their unknown leak added an additional $400 to their monthly water bills!
If your home has Polybutylene pipe, it will have to be removed one day. If you wait for it to leak, you may find yourself in an emergency situation. Polybutylene still develops these pinholes every day. We recommend taking preventative action and eliminating this pipe from your system before it becomes a catastrophe.
If you would like to eliminate any Polybutylene in your home, or if you are uncertain if your home has Polybutylene, feel free to call us to schedule a free, no pressure consultation. Each of our plumbers are licensed plumbers and will happily present their licenses to you upon request. We are also a proud winner of the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award and have over 100 5 Star Reviews across the web. It is our goal to provide you peace of mind by offering you a permanent solution that will serve you and your family well for many years to come. We do offer financing as well as a 5 Year Parts and Labor Warranty when replacing Polybutylene pipe. We can be reached at (770) 252-9966.