are Polybutylene Pipes?
you're asking yourself, "What are Polybutylene Pipes?",
you maybe worried that your home or business was built with them.
If your building was built between the late 70's and mid 90's,
polybutylene pipes may have been and may still be there.
what's wrong with polybutylene pipes? To put it simply, they have
an unusually high rate of failure under normal operating conditions.
Deterioration linked to chlorine water additives has been linked
to the failures, however customers on private water supplies have
reported many problems.
pipe is grey, black or blue. Interior polybutylene plumbing
is almost always grey and exterior polybutylene plumbing is
pipe was installed and manufactured from the late 1970's till
the mid-1990's, however, stockpiles of polybutylene pipe at
supply vendors, such as supply risers were still known to be
available up to 1999.
most common sizes for polybutylene pipe are 3/8", ½",
¾" and 1".
piping was used for both residential and commercial water distribution
pipe connectors can be copper, brass, or plastic. The connector
types are barbed with a crimp ring or compression with a plastic
or metal ferrule.
are the details of the Polybutylene Lawsuit and resulting Polybutylene
Class Action Settlement?
polybutylene class action lawsuit applied to houses with polybutylene
pipe installed between 1978 and 1995. The following pages are excerpts
from the Consumer Protection Recovery Center that was formed to
disperse funds for elgible homeowners and businesses. There are
strict guidelines for reimbursement and the following pages should
be read carefully to determine whether or not to spend time filing
When the source of the water leak is not easily found, a leak detection specialist may be needed.