Currently, homes are built with plumbing systems of PVC, PEX and copper. Polybutylene pipes were used in about 10 million homes and businesses from 1978 to 1995. In Georgia, there are now about a quarter of homes built in this time frame, that still have Polybutylene piping. Polybutylene piping was inexpensive and easy to install. Homeowners and plumbers were delightfully pleased with this new type of material. However, many consumers a decade later are paying the damage costs associated with pinhole leaks and burst waterlines from Polybutylene Piping. The reported problem with polybutylene is that it fails abruptly, without warning, and often fails catastrophically.
Unnoticed, these leaks can cause moisture inside the walls, under the house or slab leak in the foundation, all of which will cause a large amount of damage to ones home.
In most cases it took a few years for polybutylene systems to fail. While some leaked within a few years of installation, the majority of leaks started to occur in the 10-15 year time frame. The pipes began leaking due to corrosion from chlorine and chemicals commonly found in tap water.
The manufacturers of the pipes agreed in a 1995 class action lawsuit against manufacturers to cease production. Polybutylene has been removed from the National Building Codes list of acceptable plumbing supply line material in the United States and Canada.
The degree of deterioration is often undetected and hard to evaluate. This is because the damage comes from the interior of the pipe, rather than the exterior. The only long term answer is to completely replace the polybutylene plumbing.
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