Polybutylene reasons to replace and repipe your Orlando home. There are many reasons to repipe your home if it has poly piping. But, lets first give an overview of how to spot polybutylene if you own your home or are purchasing a home. Poly pipe is easily recognizable. First thing is to go to a water heater or look under a sink. Look at the water pipes, polybutylene is gray in color and is cramped together, similar to PEX with metal rings. If you see you have poly pipe, it is a good idea to think about a repipe. Here are some reasons why polybutylene should be replaced. Poly has issues with splitting or zippering. The pipe is very thin and tends to split causing plumbing leaks and water damage. Another issue is the fittings. Polybutylene was joined using two types of fittings, plastic and metal. The plastic fittings get brittle and burst. The metal fittings are a little better, but still have issues. The last reason and the big reason is insurance. Most companies will not insure you if you have poly piping. There is only a few insurance carriers that will cover it and it is expensive and has many limitations. Most carriers will make you repipe your home by a licensed Orlando plumber and show documentation that the piping is replaced. If the insurance industry is not insuring polybutylene, then that should say something about the product. If you have poly pipe, there is no need to panic. You should plan to get estimates on repiping. It may be a out of pocket expense you do not want, but it is much cheaper in the long run than coming home from vacation to a flooded home with all your property damaged. We see it all the time. If you need or are thinking of repiping your home give Drain Genie Plumbing Services a call at 407-490-1230.