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What is Polybutylene  Call Lilburn Plumbing at 770-925-4311
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 Polybutylene "PB" was used extensively in the Atlanta area for  new homes built from 1978 until 1995.  It was used because it is less expensive than other piping, more flexible, easier to work with and less likely to break when frozen.

BUT CHLORINE and other oxidents causes it to decay, crystallize and eventually break!!   Your water has chlorine in it as part of the purification process that the water company performs.  It usually takes over 10 years for the pipes to fail.  We have seen hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages from burst and leaking pipes.  Lilburn Plumbing Service has lost count on how many homes we have replaced the PB plumbing over the years.  We always try to give as reasonable a price as possible.

How to Tell If You Have Polybutylene...(PB)

It is usually Blue or grey, but sometimes it is black when used outside to connect the water meter to your house.
Black PB piping also can be polyethelene which is ok, so call us if you're not sure!

Outside Water Lines: Underground water lines are usually blue, but may be gray or black (do not confuse black poly with polyethelene pipe).
The pipe is usually 1/2" or 1" in diameter and comes into your home through the basement or crawl space wall or floor.  The water main shutoff is attached to the main water line.  You can also check what kind of piping is attached to your water meter by the curb or street.

Inside the house:  Look at the piping around your hot water heater, in the ceiling if you have an unfinished basement or the crawl space. 

Warning: Sometimes plumbers used copper "stub outs" where the pipe exits a wall to connect fixture.  
Because you have a copper water line inside your bath or kitchen does not mean you don't have PB!!

See the photos above of polybutylene pipes and fittings.

PB plumbing may fail without warning causing damage to the building structure and personal property.  It is believed that other factors may cause the oxidation process to speed up, such as improper installation, but it is virtually impossible to detect installation problems throughout an entire system.

Throughout the 1980's lawsuits were filed complaining of allegedly defective manufacturing and defective installation causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Although the manufacturers have never admitted that poly is defective, they have agreed to fund the Class Action settlement with an initial and minimum amount of $950 million. You'll have to contact the appropriate settlement claim company to find out if you qualify under this settlement. Often your homeowner's insurance may cover a portion of pipe replacement as well.

Lilburn Plumbing Service is in business to help.  Please call us with any questions or for guidance anytime.  We strive to be professional and as reasonably priced as possible.  Give us a call for an estimate to replace your poly-B plumbing.  Lilburn plumbing cares about our clients and their homes.

If you are not sure if your pipes are Polybutylene, call us to find out.  The pipes are differently colored from other piping in most cases.   We can often tell you with a phone call.

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