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Polybutylene pipe?

Discussion in 'Property. Houses, Homes, Areas.' started by Barista, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Barista

    Barista TREF Member

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    Any horror stories?
    A friend is looking at homes from the 80s and 90s and poly seems to be everywhere.

    Just wondering if anyone has any first hand experience with poly in their home.
     
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  2. adele

    adele Knows the Ropes

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    what is poly?
     
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  3. Del Shannon

    Del Shannon TREF Member

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    Joyce,
    Polybutylene pipe was used for water lines in the 1980's and 1990's. Poly is more prone to leaking, and there was a lawsuit over it. Thousands of homes in the triangle have polybutylene. Some homeowners replace it even if it never leaked.
     
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  4. adele

    adele Knows the Ropes

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    thanks, del
    is it plastic?
     
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  5. Del Shannon

    Del Shannon TREF Member

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    Yes, polybutylene is plastic pipe that was joined to plastic or metal fittings by crimping rings on it.
     
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  6. He's got game

    He's got game TREF Member

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    PB isnt so bad. But if you ever have a leak change it all out.
     
  7. Ronnie

    Ronnie TREF Member

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    Plastic fittings = "bad" Brass fittings = "Not as bad."
     
  8. Barista

    Barista TREF Member

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    Why do you say that? Just asking.
     
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  9. Ronnie

    Ronnie TREF Member

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    PB with plastic fittings had more problems. Metal fittings improved the pipe's performance.
     
  10. adele

    adele Knows the Ropes

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    how much would it cost to replace the pipes?
     
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  11. Ronnie

    Ronnie TREF Member

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    $5000 or more, with sheetrock and paint repair.
     
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  12. adele

    adele Knows the Ropes

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    thanks ronnie.
     
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  13. Peaches Delight

    Peaches Delight Knows the Ropes

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    Is this only 1980's houses with polybutylene pipes?
     
  14. Chuck Finley

    Chuck Finley Poster to the Stars

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    Friends had their house replumbed. They have a slab foundation, and the plumbers ran all the new water lines through the attic. They used pex to replace the polybutylene.
    Smaller house and they paid about $4800, I think. Drywall and painting included.
     
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  15. Avril

    Avril TREF Member

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    We are looking at a house from 1995. How would we know what kind of plumbing it has? Are they all poly stuff?
     
  16. The Turk

    The Turk TREF Member

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    Have your agent check it out for polybutylene. Otherwise, your home inspector will identify what they are but you have to pay for that.
     
  17. Morrisville Mark

    Morrisville Mark TREF Member

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    Our agent showed us the difference between the old polybutylene fittings and the new polybutylene fittings. It was helpful, but we ended up buying a newer home in Morrisville. No poly pipes here!
     
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  18. Chuck Finley

    Chuck Finley Poster to the Stars

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    Ditto this!
     
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  19. The Turk

    The Turk TREF Member

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    That approach works too. Polybutylene isn't the end of the world, but if you don't hae to have polybutylene pipes why have the worry?
     
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  20. Good Wife

    Good Wife TREF Member

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    Most homes we can afford have polybutylene pipes. We'll deal with it to get something we can afford in a neighborhood we love.
     

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