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Why Are Polybutylene Pipes No Longer Used?

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial loss in Brenham, TX

Polybutylene pipes were commonly used in the late twentieth century. Some structures built between the 1970s and mid-1990s that have the original plumbing may still have poly pipes. This material is unreliable and may be unsafe. Most building codes in North America ban the installation of poly pipes. Learn more about why this pipe material is no longer used and why property owners should replace poly pipes at a commercial structure in Brenham, TX.

Poly Pipes Degrade

Chlorine and other oxidizing treatments used to treat water can cause pipes made out of polybutylene to break down. As the pipes become more brittle, chemicals in the pipe material may start to leech into water. New plumbing materials such as PVC or CPVC are affordable and less likely to degrade.

Poly Pipes Break or Leak

As poly pipes start to wear down, they may be more likely to cause water damage than other pipe materials. These pipes may require more frequent repairs, which can be challenging as components made out of this material are no longer available. The condition of these pipes, which are likely to be more than twenty years old, will continue to worsen over time.

Poly Fittings Are Not Available

Poly pipes relied on Quest fittings, which are no longer made. Although it may be possible to use copper, PVC, CPVC, or PEX push fit or transition fittings with the same outside diameter with poly pipes, these connectors are not designed for use with this material. Using these fittings will not make the pipe material more durable.

Property owners may want to invest in new plumbing for a commercial structure in Brenham, TX. Although this update can be costly, weakened polybutylene pipes can result in expensive water damage and increase the risk of secondary damage, such as mold growth. If a pipe bursts, contact a mitigation and restoration company.

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