Plumbing Repipe Services

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Do you need a repipe plumbing service from polybutylene to pex pipe? Polybutylene pipe has been around for over 40 years. It was supposed to replace copper which was very costly at the time. When builders first realized that there was replacement for copper pipe it was really an amazing thing.

In the 1970s new advances in plumbing were made available. PVC replaced cast-iron plumbing which was used for sanitary systems and residential and commercial usage. Still today PVC is used for sanitary and irrigation systems for the home.

Polybutylene pipe came out about the same time. It was flexible it was cheaper and  labor costs were a lot less. During the early 70s copper was used a lot, the labor was more expensive because every solder joint needed to be done correctly so there would be no leaks. Polybutylene pipe was developed in California in the early 1970s the idea is to use plastic tubing and connected to a push fitting and then compress a copper ring around the joint to conceal the plastic pipe.


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Polybutylene was discontinued in the mid-90s because of manufacturing defects. The defects were identified as the rings got older they would have a tendency to split causing large leaks in homes which met flooding.

Repipe Plumbing Service with Pex Pipe

Pex pipe, is something of the same order but the materials have lasted a long time and presently no problems have occurred.

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Repipe Plumbing Service

When a homeowner is getting ready to purchase a house he must ask if the house has any polybutylene pipe anywhere. There has been cases where the inspector who supposed to protect the homeowner from unknown problems in the house have said that there is no polybutylene and there really was. The sale of the house went through and a few years later the nightmare begins with leaks in the wall in the ceiling and in the floor.

This problem with polybutylene has been so bad that some insurance companies will not ensure home unless the pipe has been completely removed and replaced with something acceptable.

How do you find out if you have polybutylene pipe in your house?

The first thing you can do is to check the water heater is the piping in the back wall seems to be loose, and your house was built in the 1980s there’s a good chance it could be in your house.

The second way is to check in the attic to see if you can see great piping running in the ceiling polybutylene is gray in color and flexible so you can’t miss it. It is very important that you do try to remove the piping before the nightmare occurs.

Nowadays you can replace the pipe with Pex pipe or cpvc they work well and there is no complaints because it has been used for many years. The homeowner will ask the insurance company if they can help you with the cost of replacing the polybutylene pipe, the reason would be that it would eliminate future floods in the house which could cost them thousands of dollars to mitigate the water and repair costs of new construction.

If the homeowner would like Hardenburgh Plumbing to give a free inspection of their home to check for polybutylene pipe and needs a repipe plumbing service please call us at any time so we can provide the appointment to help you, call us : (561) 968-0000


Plumbing Inspections Checklist


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Plumbing inspections in west palm beach should be conducted on your house every year, just as your heater is serviced every fall and your air conditioner is serviced every spring. A thorough annual plumbing inspection can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs down the line should something unforeseen happen. The following is my checklist to complete an inspection.

Water Heater
The water heater should be checked annually to insure there is no rust or corrosive build-up. The flue pipe, pressure relief valve, pilot and burner assembly and the electrical and gas valve connections all should be checked to insure they are in good working order. The temperature setting should be noted as should the tank capacity, and finally, the shut off valve should be checked to insure that it is working properly.

Leaky toilets can not only waste over one hundred gallons of water a day, but it can also waste a lot of your money in the form of your water bill. Annual toilet plumbing inspections on all toilets would include checking the supply line, shut off valve, flapper and flush valve, and ballcock. Finally, a flush test will be given to spot any leaks.

A leaky faucet can not only be annoying, but can also waste water and money. When inspecting each sink in your house, I would check the supply line and shut off valve. I would also check for any faucet or waste line leaks and check the drains for clogs. In the kitchen, I would check the garbage disposal, the DW aircap and shut off switch.

Each tub faucet and showerhead will be checked for leaks and all drains checked for clogs.

Miscellaneous Items
There are also  other plumbing inspections related items in your home, such as your ice maker’s line and shut off switch. Your sump pump will be inspected to insure that it is in good working condition.

Your laundry room is another area that needs  plumbing inspections. Your washer supply lines will be checked, as well as the washer drain hook-up and laundry tub assembly. If you have any floor drains in your house, those will be inspected for clogs, as well. And finally, I will check your main water shut off valve to insure that it is in good working condition.

As you can see from the large checklist I have, there are quite a few important items that should be inspected on an annual basis. Set up your appointment today so we can get started.

Hardenburgh Plumbing is your full service Palm Beach Plumber servicing West Palm Beach and Surrounding areas. For more information visit us online at Hardenburgh Plumbing | 3565 S Jog Rd Greenacres, FL 33467 | 561-968-0000