Polybutylene Pipe Water Line Replacement
If you have polybutylene pipes, you and your family could be in danger. Most polybutylene pipes – also known as “water service pipes” or “poly pipes” are underground. These pipes carry water from the street into the house. Polybutylene pipes may also be installed inside the home plumbing system. However, this is not too common in the Baltimore area.
Polybutylene pipe is a blue (or gray) plastic pipe manufactured by the Shell Oil Corporation. Contractors commonly installed them in homes between the years 1978 and 1995—mostly in new construction—but they also used it to replace water service pipes in older homes. Over the years, people realized that the chlorine added to sanitize our drinking water reacted poorly with the polybutylene, making the pipes brittle. All polybutylene pipe will fail for this reason—it is just a question of when, not if. We typically see a surge in polybutylene water service pipe replacement when the seasons change. The ground changes temperature and so does our potable water. The change in temperature causes the “Big Blue” to expand or contract, exposing its weakness.
Replace those old pipes and give us a call today. We offer water line replacement in Joppa, Baltimore, and other surrounding areas.