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What are polybutylene pipes, and why are they a problem?

Polybutylene (PB) pipes are a type of plastic piping that was commonly used in home construction from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. They are known to degrade over time when exposed to chlorine and other chemicals found in public water supplies, leading to leaks, bursts, and potential water damage.

Will repiping my home create a lot of mess and disruption?

While repiping does involve accessing your home’s walls and floors to replace old pipes, professional repiping companies like PB Pipe Guys take extensive measures to protect your property and minimize disruption. Expect some dust and noise, but we aim to keep it as clean and unobtrusive as possible.

How do I know if my home has polybutylene piping?

Homes built or remodeled between the 1970s and mid-1990s may contain PB pipes. These pipes are typically gray, blue, or black and can often be found near water heaters or entering the home’s main water supply. If unsure, it’s best to consult a plumbing professional for an inspection.

Is repiping covered by homeowners insurance?

Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover the cost of repiping since it’s considered a preventative measure. However, damage caused by a failed plumbing system (e.g., water damage from a burst pipe) may be covered. It’s essential to check your specific policy for details.

What are the benefits of repiping my home?

Repiping your home can prevent potential water damage from pipe failures, improve water quality by removing aging and corroding pipes, increase your home’s value, and provide peace of mind knowing your plumbing system is up to current standards.

Can I stay in my home during the repiping process?

Yes, in most cases, you can stay in your home during the repiping process. Our team works efficiently to ensure water is turned off for only short periods, and we strive to keep the impact on your daily life to a minimum.

What materials are used to replace polybutylene pipes?

The most common replacement materials are PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) and copper. PEX is popular due to its flexibility, resistance to scale and chlorine, lower cost, and ease of installation. Copper is known for its longevity and reliability.

How much does it cost to repipe a home?

The cost of repiping a home varies based on the size of the house, the type of pipes being installed, and the complexity of the job. PB Pipe Guys provides transparent pricing and financing options to make the process affordable.

How long does the repiping process take?

The duration of a repiping project can vary depending on the size of your home and the complexity of the plumbing system. Most repiping jobs for an average-sized home can be completed within a few days to a week.

Why choose PB Pipe Guys for my repiping needs?

PB Pipe Guys brings decades of experience, a commitment to quality, and a customer-first approach to every repiping project. Our skilled professionals use the latest materials and techniques to ensure a seamless and durable plumbing system upgrade for your home.

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