Polybutylene pipes are blue or gray and somewhat flexible as opposed to PVC or CPVC pipes that are rigid and white or off-white. They are sometimes simply referred to as plastic pipes.
Polybutylene pipes have a manufacturer's defect that causes the pipe to split over time. This causes major plumbing problems for homeowners with these pipes resulting in extensive plumbing services. Polybutylene pipes were installed in approximately six million homes in the the Orlando area and throughout the United States from January 1978 to July 31, 1995.
Due to the manufacturer's defect in Polybutylene pipes, a class action lawsuit was settled in 1995. Homeowners involved in this class action lawsuit were able to replace their pipes with PVC or CPVC pipes with money from the pipe settlement fund.
Today, many Orlando area homes are still undergoing the process of Polybutylene pipe replacement. During this process, all pipes must be located, removed, and then replaced with PVC or CPVC pipes. They are usually located in an attic, crawl space or water heater closet. They are often installed beneath insulation materials.
Due to the seriousness of this process, residential or commercial repiping should only be performed by a licensed plumber with years of experience in this area. The plumbers at Reliance Plumbing & Drain Cleaning are well trained and use the right equipment to safely and efficiently perform Polybutylene pipe replacements.
We understand that any interruption to your home plumbing system is an inconvenience for the entire family. Our goal is to provide you with the high quality services with the least amount of disruption.
If you know or suspect Polybutylene pipes were installed in your home or commercial building, call or contact the Polybutylene pipe Replacement Experts at Reliance Plumbing & Drain Cleaning. We will schedule an appointment for one of our licensed plumbers to come to your home or place of business and inspect your pipes. If a Polybutylene replacement is needed, we will provide you with a free written estimate before beginning any work.