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What’s Wrong with Polybutylene Pipes

December 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Charlotte home inspector Preston Sandlin is always asked what is the problem with polybutylene pipes and why will some insurance companies not insure houses with polybutylene pipes.  There are really two problems with polybutylenr pipes.  The first problem we notice while doing home inspection in Charlotte NC is that the first generation pipes with aluminum fittings and polybutylene elbows is that he elbows and the fittings just blow right out.  The second problem with polybutylene pipes that we notice whil performing home inspections in Charlotte NC is that the polybutylene gets brittle and cracks after being exposed to chlorinated water for a number of years.  City water is chlorinated.  If you have second generation polybutylene with copper connectors and copper fittings we recomment adding a water conditioning program to get the chlorine out.


Preston Sandlin


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