What is Polybutylene in Plumbing?

Polybutylene is a type of plastic resin that was used to create water supply piping from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. Because the material was so low in cost and extremely easy to install, this type of piping was often considered the optimal replacement for standard copper piping. It’s most often found in the southern part of the United States but is also seen, to a lesser degree, in other parts of the country.

A total of between four and six million houses were constructed using defective polybutylene piping. Some of the obvious signs of defective piping include chronic leaks and water flow issues. Dealing with polybutylene piping properly can be complicated and costly. To make it easier for homeowners to handle the problems caused by defective polybutylene piping, AMA Repiping LLC has created a new fix known as Repipe.

Repipe is used in finished homes of all types today. The process is complex and quite specialized. The potable water distribution system must be either replaced or entirely bypassed, and the house is then put back together just as it was before the Repipe was done. Any plumber will fix and replace pipes, but only experts in the area of pipe replacement and system bypassing can do a Repipe procedure.

The work can be done while the house is occupied, which means a minimum of interruption and inconvenience for the homeowners. The defective piping will be either replaced or entirely bypassed in favor of a new piping system. The water system will then be repaired to meet the building standards of 2017. After the Repipe project is finished, any disturbances created within the home and around the property will be repaired and made to look just like they did before.

The whole Repipe project usually takes around three to five days in a home that has defective polybutylene piping. With the new piping installed, homeowners will be able to relax and stop worrying about the constant leaks, water pressure problems, and overall water system issues. This investment is something that is well worth the money, both now and for years into the future.