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Polybutylene pipes were used for water supply piping in many homes beginning in 1978. Polybutylene was cheap and quick to install at the time, but we now know that the longer it remains in use in a multifamily structure, the greater the risk of serious complications. Polybutylene pipe replacement may be necessary if polybutylene pipes are in use in your residence.
Improper installation and plumbing structure can cause polybutylene pipe failure. Often, however, the issues are with the poly material itself. Common water additives such as chlorine attack poly pipes and fittings. This leads to cracking. The chemicals in drinking water and flow pressure cause interior flaking and peeling.
Polybutylene pipes degrade from within, making failure impossible to see from the outside and difficult to predict. Left unaddressed, polybutylene cracks can result in catastrophic property damage from flooding, mold infestation from undetected leaks, higher premiums, or even cancelled coverage.
If you own an apartment building or condo that was built between 1978 and 1995, there is a great chance that you have polybutylene piping. Those pipes are just waiting to become brittle enough to crack lengthwise and create a nightmare for you and your residents. Current standards do not allow polybutylene to be installed, but homeowners are not required to remove it. Rather than letting it destroy your building and ability to have it insured, let SageWater bring your system up to code.
Polybutylene pipe replacement can be a big job. Our OneCall Repipe process takes the stress out of it for you by providing a complete, turnkey solution. Our crews work together as an integrated team, insuring quick turnaround and minimization of the impact on residents’ lives.
Contact SageWater today to talk about replacing the polybutylene pipes in your multifamily residence.
“…the pipes are like ticking water bombs for many homeowners – in Atlanta and across the country – who will one day face their own leaks because of polybutylene.” – Gene Tharp, The Atlanta Journal Constitution