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Polybutylene Replacement

If your home was built between 1978 and 1995, keep reading: the information below could save your home!

From 1978 to 1995, many homes throughout the Gaithersburg, Olney, Rockville, Silver Spring and Bethesda, Maryland area were built with pipes made of polybutylene. Polybutylene was cheap and easy to install, making it the preferred choice for builders and plumbers around the country, many of whom hailed it as the future of piping. A few years (and a few million installs) later, however, they started to notice the downside of using cheap materials: polybutylene tends to wear out quickly, and when it fails, it fails catastrophically and without warning!

Polybutylene pipes can be identified by their distinctive gray color. If your home is more than 10 years old and you have polybutylene pipes, call Maryland Plumbing right away! Every day you wait to get polybutylene pipe replacement significantly adds to your risk of pipe failure!

Why You Need Polybutylene Replacement

Polybutylene is a cheap plastic resin that is extremely vulnerable to the chemicals found in municipal water supplies, particularly chlorine. Over time, the chemicals in the water can wear out sensitive parts of the pipe and fittings, ultimately causing cracks that lead to total pipe failure.

If you have polybutylene pipes in your home and they’ve lasted more than 10 years already, it’s still important, arguably more important, to have them replaced as soon as possible! Every day you don’t have polybutylene replacement, your risk for catastrophic pipe failure increases significantly. Some of the risks associated with polybutylene pipes include:

  • Mold infestation from undetected leaks
  • Increased insurance premiums or cancelled insurance coverage
  • Structural damage caused by water damage

It can also be extremely difficult to sell a home with polybutylene pipes, especially as people become more and more educated about them. If you’re trying to sell your home and you have poly pipes, many mortgage lenders won’t lend unless you have your pipes taken care of!

If you need polybutylene replacement, call Maryland Plumbing today!

Polybutylene piping replacement can be messy, but it’s essential for the safety of your home and everything inside it. If you need polybutylene replacement, call Maryland Plumbing. As a family owned company, we make sure our plumbers operate with the highest level of professionalism, integrity and skill and we will do everything in our power to ensure your polybutylene replacement goes smoothly, with as little disruption to your daily life as possible.

And polybutylene replacement isn’t all bad! There are a number of benefits that come with it – not the least of which being the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home isn’t going to be destroyed by a flood! Polybutylene pipe replacement also results in better water pressure, can add value to your home and is a great opportunity to get to those other projects (upgrading faucets, toilets, water heaters, etc) you’ve been putting off!

Polybutylene pipe failure has been a nightmare for thousands of families in the Gaithersburg, Olney, Rockville, Silver Spring and Bethesda, Maryland area. Don’t let problems with polybutylene piping cost you thousands of dollars in property damage and repairs. If you have polybutylene piping and need polybutylene replacement, call Maryland Plumbing today!