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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Polybutylene Pipes

Polybutylene is a plastic resin that was used in water supply piping from the late 1970's until the mid 1990's. This material is very low cost and easy to install, and was lovingly named "the pipe of the future." It was also used as a substitute for traditional copper piping.

Polybutylene pipes are typically grey or white in color and have a dull finish. During the years these pipes were manufactured, they were installed in about 1 out of every 5 homes built, used mainly for underground water mains and interior water piping.

While these pipes were considered to be very reliable during their time, there has been talk of this piping reacting with chemicals in the water supply, such as chlorine, and causing the pipe to deteriorate and flake off into the water. While there is no scientific evidence of this taking place, it is believed that the structural integrity of the pipes could be compromised should this chemical reaction take place.

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