During the home inspection, Ashi-Certified Inspector, Wes O. discovered varying pipes, specifically polybutylene pipes, used in the plumbing system. Polybutylene pipes were once a popular choice for water supply lines due to their affordability and ease of installation. However, over time, they have gained a reputation for being prone to premature failure and leaks.
Polybutylene pipes can deteriorate when exposed to certain chemicals and oxidants commonly found in water supplies, leading to potential leaks and bursts. Due to this inherent risk, many homeowners and insurance companies now consider them a liability.
If polybutylene pipes are present in the plumbing system, it is essential to assess their condition thoroughly. We recommend seeking advice from a qualified plumber to determine the extent of the issue and to consider replacing these pipes with more reliable and modern materials, such as copper or PEX.
As part of our commitment to providing a comprehensive inspection, we ensure that all aspects of the plumbing system are evaluated, including the presence of polybutylene pipes. Identifying and addressing these issues early on can prevent potential water damage and costly repairs in the future, promoting the safety and longevity of the home.