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What Is the Cost of Replacing Polybutylene Pipes in SW Florida?

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Poly-b leak damage can far exceed the cost of a repipe
Poly-b leak damage can far exceed the cost of a repipe

Does your Southwest Florida home still have poly-b (aka polybutylene, Qest, Quest pipe, pb-1 pipe, or just plain "poly pipe") pipes? Are you wondering how much it might cost to replace your polybutylene pipes?

You've come to the right place. Here at Repipe Specialists, we have replaced polybutylene pipes in thousands of homes across Southwest Florida and the USA.

In areas such as Fort Myers and Naples, poly-b pipes are beginning to fail at an increasingly rapid pace, making it crucial to know how to protect your home against any future leaks. Furthermore, you may find your home uninsurable and/or unsellable - until you get your old polybutylene replaced.

In this article, we will explore the common signs that indicate your poly-b pipes need replacement, the average cost of replacing polybutylene in SW Florida, whether you can get homeowners' insurance coverage for poly pipes, and whether you need to replace your poly plumbing even if you haven't experienced a leak.

What Are The Signs That My Poly-B Pipes Need Replacing in Southwest Florida?

Polybutylene/Quest pipes, prevalent in homes built between the late 1970s and mid-1990s, are prone to degradation over time, especially in the warm and humid climate of Southwest Florida.

It's crucial to recognize the signs indicating that these pipes may need replacement. Here are key signs to look out for:

  1. Frequent Leaks or Water Damage: One of the most common signs of deteriorating poly-b pipes is the occurrence of frequent leaks or instances of water damage in your Southwest Florida home. These leaks may appear at joints, bends, or weak points along the pipeline and can result in water stains, mold growth, or dampness in affected areas.
  2. mold from a polybutylene pipe leak
    Mold from a polybutylene pipe leak
  3. Reduced Water Pressure: Noticeable reductions in water pressure throughout your home can be signs of internal corrosion or blockages within poly-b pipes. If you've observed a gradual decline in water pressure despite no apparent issues with your fixtures or appliances, it may be time to inspect the condition of your poly-b plumbing system. We have a thorough article on how to fix low water pressure in your home.
  4. Discolored or foul-smelling water: As polybutylene pipes degrade, they can release chemicals into the water supply, causing discoloration or a foul odor. This can affect the taste and quality of your drinking water.
  5. Visible Fractures or Brittle Pipes: Inspect accessible sections of poly-b pipes for visible fractures, stress cracks, or signs of brittleness. Poly-b pipes are susceptible to becoming brittle over time. Polybutylene piping is usually gray. If you find the tell-tale gray tubing, look for the code "PB2110" printed on it. This will confirm you have poly-b pipes.
  6. Age of the Plumbing System: If your Southwest Florida home was constructed during the peak usage period of poly-b pipes, it's important to consider the age of your plumbing system. As poly-b pipes approach or exceed their expected lifespan of 25 to 30 years, the likelihood of deterioration and failure increases significantly.

Looking out for these key signs of deterioration in poly-b pipes is essential for maintaining the safety, efficiency, and integrity of your plumbing system in Southwest Florida.

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What Is the Cost of Replacing Poly-B Pipes in Southwest Florida?

The cost of replacing poly-b pipes can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the size of your Southwest Florida home and the type of repiping material you select.

Generally, our repipes range from $4,500 for a two-bedroom, one-bath house to up to $15,000 for a larger property with more bathrooms and longer pipe runs.

We would replace all your polybutylene plumbing with either new copper or PEX tubing. Our repipes come with a lifetime warranty, can include drywall repair, and are typically completed within 1 or 2 days. Additionally, we have special financing options available.

For more information, we have a detailed article on how much does it cost to replace polybutylene plumbingContact us to have one of our local consultants provide a free consultation and quote, delivered in-home or remotely.

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Can I Get Southwest Florida Homeowners' Insurance Coverage For Poly-B Pipes?

From what we have seen, obtaining homeowners' insurance coverage for poly-b pipes in Southwest Florida homes is becoming increasingly challenging, let alone coverage for their replacement costs.

Having poly-b pipes in your home is unlikely to prevent you from obtaining homeowners' insurance in most states. For instance, you should still be able to maintain coverage for losses from fire, theft, liability, etc. However, insuring a home against plumbing failures, particularly if it includes poly-b pipes and fittings, has become increasingly difficult.

Homeowners' insurance almost always has exclusions for water damage from slow, ongoing leaks, which are common with polybutylene pipes. Southwest Florida Insurance clearly states that their homeowners' insurance will cover the "repair of the damaged property - the walls, floors, tiling, and carpet." However, they will not cover the replacement of the damaged pipe if "caused by simple wear and tear or age of the system".

Insurance companies are working to eliminate their exposure to poly-b leak damage claims, rendering the pipes uninsurable. Many of our customers in Southwest Florida have turned to us for a complete home repipe after failing to secure homeowners' insurance coverage for their poly-b pipes.

For more information, we have an article that details what you need to know about homeowners' insurance and polybutylene pipes.

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I Haven't Had A Leak: Do I Really Need To Replace My Poly-B Plumbing?

Even if you haven't experienced leaks or other issues with your polybutylene pipes, it's still important to consider repiping. Some homeowners may not have encountered problems with their poly pipes, but this doesn't mean their luck won't run out.

The damage caused by a single poly-b water leak can easily exceed the cost of a full repipe to PEX tubing. Slow leaks that go undetected for long periods within walls and behind cabinets can cause mold buildup that is extremely costly and intrusive to remediate.

A sudden catastrophic leak can wreak significant damage to your home and furnishings if you can't quickly shut off the water supply.

Many of our polybutylene repipes involve homes that have gone for many years without problems. However, homeowners often contact us after making repairs on one or more leaks, only to find out that our repipe cost was less than their previous damage repair.

It's important to get ahead of the known issues that come with having polybutylene pipes. Our full home repipes will ensure the longevity of your Southwest Florida home for many years to come.

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Receive a Free Polybutylene Pipe Replacement Quote

Here at Repipe Specialists, we've fully replaced poly-b plumbing in thousands of homes across Southwest Florida, primarily with new PEX tubing. We continually get positive customer feedback from customers about their overall home repipe experiences. We often exceed their expectations on:

  • Speed: Our repipe crews typically complete a repipe in a day, returning on another day for wall patching.
  • Convenience: Through our One-Stop Repipe™ Process, we handle everything from permits, to wall patching, to inspections.
  • Cleanliness: Our crews are trained to protect your home while working (we cover all surfaces with protective sheeting), and to clean up fully at the end of each day.
  • Peace of Mind: Repipe Specialists is a fully licensed plumber in every state we operate in, and we back all of our repipes with a lifetime warranty.
  • Financing programs: To help take the sting out of unplanned repipe expenses, we offer several financing programs.
  • Price: As a specialist that performs hundreds of repipes a week, we can deliver high-quality repipes at a lower cost vs. generalist plumbers. We have an article that covers repipe cost factors in detail.

Schedule a free in-home consult, and one of our local repipe consultants will explain all your repipe options and provide you with a written, fixed-price quote. Fix poly-b plumbing issues at the source, repipe now.

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