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 Polybutylene pipes
Author: betterplumbing (FL)

Hello,

I have a couple of questions.

1. The current single home has polybutylene pipes. The home built in 1994. I know this pipe has issues and eventually could bring up an issues. My question is that ...when would be good time for repiping whole house? I meant...I guess I could wait until I actually see some issue from this polybutylene piples..is this wrong?
....Would you just start right away to hire some plumbers to re-pipe even though it doesn't have any issue at this moment?

2. PEX or CPVC....Which one would you choose for re-piping, and why?

Thanks in advance.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: packy (MA)

pex for ease of installation.
you don't have to 'swiss cheese' the house as pex comes in long flexable rolls and is easily fished thru walls.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

If you have copper crimps rings and brass fittings on the polybutylene I wouldn't worry about changing it.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: betterplumbing (FL)

Is that something I can simply check by just looking at it? If so, then how?

Thanks,

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

Yes, if the rings are silverish- greyish then they are aluminum and it should be replaced. If the fittings are gray or copper colored then it should be replaced.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: betterplumbing (FL)

So..

Copper crimps rings
[www.homedepot.com]

Brass fittings
[www.arvindindustries.com]

If I see looking like those two in above images, then I should be fine. Is my understanding correct?

I just googled images and added link..so you can click above to see the images.

Thanks!



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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

Those are Pex crimp rings, they are more black in color. If you have copper crimp rings they will be about the same color as a copper penny.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: betterplumbing (FL)

Hello,

I just took some pictures.

This is the pipe I see in my bathroom.

Please click below to see those images.

[drive.google.com]

Would like to get better opinion based on this picture.

Looks like this is not the one you were talking about though.


Thanks,

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: steve (CA)

What the pictures show are NOT polybutylene piping. Those are stainless steel braided fixture hoses. I wouldn't be concerned with them until I was replacing the plumbing fixture and them probably would replace at that time.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: betterplumbing (FL)

Hello,

Thanks for your answer.
I just added three more images at different places..
(Please click the same link in above Google link. You should see three added images)
What about those?

Thanks in advance.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: steve (CA)

Pic #4 looks like copper, #5-stubs coming out of wall most likely copper(scrape a little paint to check) and the trap is polypropylene.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: betterplumbing (FL)

Steve,

I appreciate your comment.
Based on these pictures, what do you think? What's your opinion?

1. So you don't see polybutylene pipes from the pictures. Right?

2. Should I worry for re-piping?

3. Do you agree that I can use them until they starts having some issues?

I truly appreciate again for your opinions.

Thanks,

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: steve (CA)

No repipe. The worst thing I see is the corrugated trap inlet. They tend to get a build up of gunk inside them.

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 Re: Polybutylene pipes
Author: PlumberMD (MD)

Your Water Heater needs to be replaced. Those rust stains dripping down the jacket are red flags

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