The use of polybutylene pipe was an inexpensive type of pipe popularized from the late 70s to mid-90s. The material was used for both external and internal water supply piping, which means that affected properties may heavily rely on polybutylene pipe throughout the structure.
There is much debate surrounding the reliability of polybutylene pipe and associated risks. Regardless of the data, we now have more reliable water pipe options that are less likely to fail. Leaks can destroy furniture, fixtures and integral structures in your Atlanta home or commercial premises. If problems arise with your polybutylene pipes, Atlanta Leak Detection can provide specialist services.
Are Polybutylene Pipes Destined to Fail?
It would be inaccurate to say that all polybutylene pipes are guaranteed to fail when compared to other plumbing materials. There are several factors to consider when determining the integrity of any piping system. Risk assessment is also hindered by the fact that there is no foolproof method of predicting the longevity of polybutylene pipes.
Reactions to chemicals such as chlorine in water systems can cause polybutylene pipes to become brittle. Once the pipe begins to fracture, several locations throughout the system can experience leaks in a relatively short period of time. Structures such as foundations, walls, floors and carpets are then left vulnerable to potentially significant water damage.
One of the issues that is worth considering when deciding whether to have polybutylene pipes repaired or replaced is the dangers of leaking wastewater. Destruction of pipes is the most obvious and observable damage, but there are also hidden dangers. Pathogens from wastewater represent a risk to the health of humans and pets. If you suspect that your polybutylene pipes have failed, a leak detection inspection can provide peace-of-mind.
To learn more about polybutylene pipes and when it is time to have repairs carried out on your plumbing system, contact Atlanta Leak Detection today.