Polybutylene tubing (Poly-B tubing) is a flexible grey pipe that was used in residential plumbing systems from the mid 1980's - mid 1990's. Poly B was manufactured as an alternative to the more expensive copper piping for its flexibility, low cost, and ease of installation.
Unfortunately, Poly-B was discontinued several years ago due to the fact that over time the pipes have begun to leak and burst without warning, causing devastating effects for the homeowner. Many insurance companies will not cover plumbing issues caused by Poly-B failure.
How can you tell if your home has Poly-B Tubing?
Check the pipes running to the water meter, those coming from the top of the water tank, or under your sink . If the pipes are grey plastic with copper connections, it is likely that your home has poly-b tubing.
If you're having issues or concerns with poly-b tubing, give us a call. We can help.