If you have discovered the presence of “Big Blue” in your home’s plumbing, you should seriously consider polybutylene pipe replacement. Polybutylene pipe, known colloquially as “Big Blue” due to its color, is a type of pipe that was common in home plumbing from the mid-70s to mid-90s. While the material seemed to perform well when first installed in homes, some folks experienced flooding and water damage due to burst pipes. Over time, people learned that polybutylene is not a particularly stable material and is prone to defects. Eventually, its use in plumbing applications was halted. If you are considering polybutylene pipe replacement, keep reading to learn more about the process and its importance.
Do I Have Big Blue?
Homes that were built or had their plumbing redone in the mid-70s to mid-90s could potentially have polybutylene pipes. Because not all plumbing work is visible in your home, you may have polybutylene lurking underground. These pipes can be identified by their trademark blue color, although black and gray versions are also common. Most tubing has the letters “PB” printed on it, and many plumbers used copper connectors with the material. If you have noticed any of these characteristics, an unusually high water bill, or standing water or water damage, contact the experts at Metcalf Plumbing.
How Does Polybutylene Pipe Replacement Work?
If your home contains polybutylene pipes, a plumber will discuss your options with you. Some homeowners opt to replace all of their plumbing, while others choose only to replace the visible pipes. Your plumber will shut off your water, replace the Big Blue with CPVC, and make any necessary repairs. Some tubes are concealed within walls or underground, so your contractor may have to cut through drywall or take other action to replace it all.
What Happens if I Don’t Replace Big Blue?
Polybutylene pipe replacement can be an extensive and expensive project, but do not let the sticker shock and commitment scare you. Depending on the scale of the project and how much of the Big Blue you would like to replace, polybutylene pipe replacement can cost anywhere from two thousand dollars to over fifteen thousand dollars. However, this cost is often worth the peace of mind you will get from getting rid of Big Blue. When left unaddressed, faulty polybutylene pipes can cause catastrophic water damage. Take the first step towards getting your home polybutylene-free by calling Metcalf Plumbing today!
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