We Have Expertly Replaced the Piping Systems in Hundreds of Homes & Businesses
Our process is turn-key, we handle all the plumbing, permits, drywall repair, and painting. From beginning to end we ensure that your property is treated with care. You will never be left without running water overnight and you do not have to move out during the process. Even if you have not had an issue, but have concerns regarding your existing piping, you may want to consider replacement before costly leaks and damage do occur.
What is polybutylene?
Polybutylene was a piping used from the late 70’s to the mid 90’s. It was used in the majority of homes constructed in the Triangle area during that time period. Polybutylene can be identified by it’s grey or blue coloring. It was only after polybutylene had been installed in an approximated 6-10 million homes, that it was proven to have major issues. Polybutylene breaks down in reaction to the chemicals used to treat water as well as the heat generated by a water heater. As a polybutylene system gets older the risk for leaks increase. It is not a matter of if, but when the system will leak.
If your home was built from the late 70’s to the mid 90’s there is a good chance it has polybutylene piping, even if there is copper piping visible under the sinks or behind the toilets. It was common practice to use copper piping “stub-outs” at fixtures, but these typically transition to polybutylene within several inches inside the wall. So it can be misleading when trying to inspect the plumbing in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. We will be glad to help you determine if you have polybutylene piping.
What is CPVC?
CPVC is a rigid plastic piping that has an off-white or cream color and is still used today. It is intended for use in cold and hot water distribution in residential and commercial applications. While CPVC may be a suitable option in unique situations, such as high acidity personal well systems, it reacts poorly to heat and chemicals just like polybutylene does. Over time when exposed to these detrimental factors it becomes very brittle leading to potentially catastrophic leaks. Also, if CPVC is exposed to freezing temperatures it shatters and when the frozen section thaws a massive amount of water can leak in a very short amount of time.