Do you own a home in Apopka or the Orlando area, you may have a ticking time bomb known as polybutylene. So what is polybutylene and what is wrong with the pipe? Polybutylene is a pipe that was manufactured from 1978-1995. It was relatively cheap and very easy to install. The problem with poly mostly was with the plastic fittings they would get very brittle and just snap and flood the home. In the early 2000’s there was a class action lawsuit that customers with poly where able to have there home repiped for free. Since then the money has ran out so if you have poly the replacement cost is up to you. The other problem with polybutylene is the pipe itself. Also the pipe is very thin and tends to split or burst causing floods. So how can you tell if you have polybutylene? Well it is as simple as looking under your sink or your water heater. Looking under your kitchen sink or bathroom sink you should look at the angle valve. That is the valve the turns the water off to the sink, look at the pipe it is usually grey in color and has copper crimp rings that clamp to the valve. If you have this type of pipe our suggestion is to call a Apopka plumber and get some repipe quotes. Many Insurance companies will make you repipe if they find out you have polybutylene and if you don’t repipe they will cut your insurance plan. If you need a repipe and want to replace your polybutylene give Drain Genie Plumbing Services a call in Apopka at 407-710-0210 or Orlando at 407-490-1230.
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