WARNING Polybutylene Plumbing - Poly Pipe - PB Pipe WARNING

Real Estate Agent with One Realty Group Edge - The Sanders Team 279103

I would never recommend to anyone to buy a home with Polybutylene Plumbing! Unfortunately I know this through personal experience! You must see attached photos to believe it! A picture is worth a thousand words!

I found out the hard way and learned through first hand experience. The Home Inspector (that I used when we bought our home) told us that it looked like it had been replumbed with copper. Well, it had, but only part of it. Not the important part in the ceilings. I am posting photos of the disaster that can happen if you have a polybutylene pipe crack, split, or burst inside of your home. BEWARE! My home currently looks like a disaster area!

 Poly Pipe

Laundry Room- Half Bath

Fascia Damage

Water Damage

But it could have been worse..............................................

Polybutylene Disaster


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Gary Smith
Agent Marketing Today - Commerce Township, MI


My sympathy, hope your insurance covers the repairs and drying out. I'm assuming that's the gray pipe in the photos, how can we tell if it's in the home? Copper prices are through the roof, I'm sure more will be using it now.

Apr 05, 2007 12:01 PM #1
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
It is real scary the think you are living with a ticking water bomb.
Apr 05, 2007 12:07 PM #2
Lorrie Ann Thomas
One Realty Group Edge - The Sanders Team - Woodstock, GA



I was just viewing some of the other Blogs on the subject of Polybutylene. There are some other Blogs that I would recommend since they are very informative and can answer all your questions. Just search all the Blogs using the keyword Polybutylene.




Apr 05, 2007 12:10 PM #3
Caleb Mardini
Bellevue, WA

Wow Lorrie, that's incredible!

Apr 05, 2007 12:49 PM #4
Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon


Wow, amazing pictures. I would be LIVID. Hoping your insurance company makes sure the repairs are done properly and that you never have to go through anything like this again. Good post : )

Apr 05, 2007 12:49 PM #5
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal
Nice pictures.  I'll keep this post for the people with polybutylene who deny that there is a problem with it.
Apr 05, 2007 12:57 PM #6
FRANK LL0SA Esq.- Northern Virginia Broker .:. FranklyRealty.com
Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc - Arlington, VA

Thanks for sharing. I'm trying to find information on the these pipes when they are used on the exterior of the house from the street.

May 19, 2008 04:12 AM #7
Greg Greenlee

For more information on polybutylene and the repipe process visit: www.polybutyleneatlanta.com

May 20, 2008 12:01 PM #8
Jason Hall

For information on polybutylene lawsuit information visit www.polybutylenelawsuit.com

For more information the the repiping process visit www.atlantisplumbing.com


Mar 15, 2009 08:50 AM #9
David Salvato
David Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino - Los Angeles, CA

EZ fix but what a mess for you and your family to have to go through. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.


Sep 10, 2009 10:16 AM #10
Atlanta Plumber

Wow, amazing photos. For information on polybutylene or just plumbing see http://www.ridgewaymechanical.com


Sep 16, 2011 04:20 AM #11
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