Polybutylene Pipe Inspection
Standalone or “secondary” inspections starting at $150
Note: this unique and patented service is included at no extra charge on all home inspections we perform. We can also perform this as a stand-alone service.
About Hidden & Defective Polybutylene Piping:
Water supply piping delivers water to, and in between, all of the plumbing fixtures in a home. For the last century copper has been the industry standard water supply piping in residential structures. However, in the 1980’s many plumbing contractors installed a flexible plastic tubing (trade name ‘Quest’) which was technically called polybutylene (PB) and billed as a “the new and improved water supply piping”. The main reason for the change to the polybutylene (PB) tubing was reduced cost – PB piping was significantly easier and less costly to install when compared to copper. This inexpensive alternative became popular with some builders in the 1980’s through the mid 1990’s and made it’s way in to millions of residential structures. As the years passed there were widespread leakage issues and major property damage associated with PB pipe failures, including many floods that completely ruined countless homes. Specifically, the crimp connectors between fittings were widely accepted as the weak link. Subsequently came gigantic class action lawsuits against the manufacturer and later a near billion dollar settlement. Even though settlement monies were paid out, there are many structures scattered throughout San Diego County that still have hidden PB water piping in service! Needless to say these homes have a high risk of pipe failure and associated water damage. Today it’s common practice to replace any PB piping in a home via a messy and expensive re-pipe with copper or other approved tubing. Replacement costs can range from $7,500 – $20,000 and up.
About Our Polybutylene Piping Inspections:
Buying any home or condo in San Diego County built between 1978 – 1995 has a high risk of having hidden PB piping behind the walls. Even veteran plumbers and seasoned home inspectors can’t always tell what material lurks behind the walls. For many years cutting holes in the walls was the only way to now for sure whether or not PB piping is present.
But our clients need not worry because we have developed a foolproof system to identify hidden polybutylene plumbing. Our patented technology allows us to determine whether or not polybutylene or other plastic piping exists behind the walls without having to cut open the walls or perform any invasive inspections! We do NOT need to turn the water off, we do NOT cut or drill any homes, or do anything invasive whatsoever. Our technology is so reliable that the US Patent and Trademark office agreed enough to issue us the first utility patent of it’s kind. This is a true game changer in the residential real estate inspection field that does something very important – helps protect our clients from unwittingly purchasing a home with increased risk of a major flood. This is especially useful during the contingency period in real estate transactions, where the buyer wants to know what’s behind the walls without causing any damage to someone else’s home.
Image above shows how copper water supply stub-outs transition to hidden and possibly defective plastic piping behind the drywall. After the drywall is installed it will appear that copper piping continues throughout the structure, when in fact the majority of the water piping system is actually plastic.
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