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Polybutylene Pipe Replacement in N. Metro Atlanta

Pipe systems have an expiration, and if your home is over a certain age, you will eventually need to redo the piping in your home. There are many reasons you may need to redo your pipes, including leaks, reduced water pressure, corrosion, and more. Pipes wear out over time, and this can happen even faster if your pipes have been incorrectly installed or repaired.

Learn more about your repipe options by calling 770-428-2291. Based in Marietta, Dupree Plumbing provides whole-house repipe services throughout the Atlanta area.

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Why Should I Repipe My Atlanta-Area Home?

Many homes in the Atlanta area still have polybutylene pipes, a type of plastic pipe that was once standard for many builders but is now considered an inferior product due to its tendency to leak and rupture. If your home is more than 25 years old and you have never had your home repiped, or if you’re currently dealing with leaking pipes, it is a good idea to consider a whole-house repipe. Not only is repiping a good way to avoid potentially disastrous plumbing problems down the line, but it’s also a great way to add value to your home while providing you with improved performance.

There are many other benefits to repiping, including:

  • A properly working piping system
  • Avoiding the need for constant repairs
  • Improving water efficiency
  • Improving water temperature
  • Removing bad taste from water
  • Enhancing the quality of water
  • Bringing pipes up to code
  • Reducing the chance of leaks or larger issues
  • Ensuring peace of mind

When you call Dupree Plumbing to make an on-site visit, we’ll inspect your system and determine whether pipe repairs are sufficient or if repiping is necessary. In some cases, it may be possible to repair only the exposed pipes. In other cases, a total replacement is necessary, and while this will be more extensive, it is far worth the effort for the savings and peace of mind you receive long term.

The Problem with Polybutylene Pipe

Research suggests that polybutylene is not a strong enough material to withstand the oxidants found in public water supplies, which can weaken the pipe and cause it to crack from the inside out. Pipes that may look okay on the outside could very well be deteriorating as water weakens the inside of the pipe. Ultimately, a leak is inevitable. There is no way to foresee when a pipe will leak or burst, so it’s best to plan ahead and speak with an Atlanta repiping specialist about your options. As water damage can be extremely costly and potentially cause serious property damage, it’s best not to delay scheduling a pipe inspection.

Top-Notch Materials & Workmanship

At Dupree Plumbing, we work with the best product so that you can feel confident in the quality and reliability of your new piping. We offer a 100% guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with our work. We are a local, family-owned company, and when you hire us, you are hiring your neighbor.

Don’t delay in finding out if your home needs to be repiped. Make an appointment for a pipe inspection and repiping estimate when you call 770-428-2291.

What to Expect When You Call Dupree Plumbing

When you call Dupree Plumbing for repiping services, we strive to provide you with the best customer service possible. That’s why we have a standard process to make your experience seamless:

  • Step 1: Determine if you are in our service area. We respect your time and don’t want to waste it. If we find out that you don’t live within our service area, we’ll let you know right away.
  • Step 2: Diagnose the problem. We’ll ask you some identifying questions to get to the root of your issue. Let us know why you’re looking for repiping services.
  • Step 3: Explain our dispatch fee. We charge a $49 dispatch fee, but this fee will be waived if you choose to hire us.
  • Step 4: Visit your home. We’ll send one of our highly skilled plumbing technicians to your home to scope the project. Once they have determined what the job will entail, you will be provided with an estimate. We value transparency, so we will always provide an estimate before performing any work.
  • Step 5: Start service. Once we have your approval, we’ll get started on your pipe replacement!

Frequently Asked Questions About Polybutylene Pipes

What are polybutylene pipes?

Polybutylene pipes are plastic pipes used for the distribution of hot/cold water within your home. These pipes were manufactured by Shell Chemical, Qest, and Vanguard from 1978 to 1995. These inexpensive, flexible, and easily installed pipes were installed in many homes manufactured during these years. By 1995, the risk of rupture was evident. After losing a significant class action lawsuit, U.S. building codes were altered to prohibit the further use of polybutylene pipes in residential construction.

Why are polybutylene pipes a problem?

Polybutylene pipes are fragile and will degrade over time, in part due to common household cleaners and disinfectants within the water supply. As the pipes become brittle, cracks will form, and leaks will follow. When enough cracks come together, you can suffer a catastrophic rupture and subsequent flood. In most cases, you can expect a failure to occur around 15 years after installation.

Is a homeowner required to replace polybutylene pipes in Marietta?

You are not required to replace polybutylene pipes in your Georgia home. However, the presence of polybutylene pipes can impact the results of a home inspection and appraisal. Moreover, you can expect to pay higher homeowner’s insurance premiums to insure your home until replacing these pipes. 

Should I buy a home in Marietta if it has polybutylene pipes?

The presence of polybutylene pipes should not be a deciding factor when choosing to purchase a home. However, if you purchase a home with polybutylene pipes, you will want to factor the cost of replacement into your offer, as you will need to replace these before they cause damage to the home and your possessions.

Is polybutylene pipe replacement covered by my homeowners’ insurance?

In most cases, the homeowners’ insurance policy will not cover the replacement of polybutylene pipes. This is because insurers consider them risky and more likely to burst and cause damage to the home than other pipe solutions.

How do I know if the home has polybutylene pipes?

Visual inspection is all it takes to determine whether you have polybutylene pipes in your home. Polybutylene pipes are most often blue, but they can also be black or gray. When you inspect the pipe, look for any “PB” markings. The easiest place to look for these pipes is next to your water heater, sinks, and toilets. You may also see them along the ceiling if you have an unfinished basement or beside your shut-off valve and water meter.

How are polybutylene pipes removed?

Repiping your home requires the removal of the existing polybutylene pipes. Our team will shut the water off and examine your pipes. Once we know your pipes’ layout, we will cut holes where required to gain access to the pipes. We will then remove the old pipes and replace them with a more reliable option of your choice. 

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