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Why Utah Homeowners Should Replace Polybutylene Pipes

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A Utah home with water-damaged walls from old poly pipe
A Utah home with water-damaged walls from old poly pipe

Have you heard about issues related to PB pipes? Are you concerned about possible PB pipes in your Utah home?

We've got you covered for all your PB pipe (aka Polybutylene, Qest, Quest, Poly-b, Pb-1 pipe, or just plain "poly pipe") questions.

In this article, we will investigate why PB pipes were used in Utah homes, why it is crucial to replace them, whether you can sell your Utah home if it has PB pipes, and if there are any Utah-specific financial incentives for PB pipe replacement.

Why Were PB Pipes Used in Utah Homes?

Polybutylene (PB) pipes were used in Utah homes primarily during the 1970s and 1980s due to their cost-effectiveness and ease of installation.

At the time, PB pipes were viewed as a suitable alternative to traditional materials like copper due to their flexibility and lower material costs. The construction boom during that period led to an increased demand for affordable plumbing solutions, making PB pipes an attractive option for builders and homeowners alike.

Over time, the use of PB pipes diminished, and homeowners are now encouraged to replace them with more resilient and durable materials to avoid potential plumbing failures and water damage.


Why Should I Replace PB Pipes in My Utah Home?

Replacing PB pipes in your Utah home is crucial to ensure the long-term integrity and reliability of your plumbing system.

PB pipes have proven to be prone to premature deterioration and leaks. As these pipes age, they become brittle and may develop micro-fractures, leading to potential water damage and costly repairs. We have a detailed article that discusses why PB pipes fail.

mold from a polybutylene pipe leak
Mold from a polybutylene pipe leak

By opting for replacement with more durable materials like PEX tubing or copper piping, homeowners can mitigate the risk of plumbing failures, safeguard their property's value, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a resilient and modern plumbing infrastructure.

Investing in the replacement of PB pipes is a proactive measure that ensures the long-term safety and functionality of your home's water distribution system.


Can I Sell My Utah House with Polybutylene Piping?

PB plumbing can cause significant problems when it comes to selling a home, whether that be in Utah or across the United States.

PB pipes are no longer an approved material for remodels or new construction in the USA. However, we don't know of any laws or restrictions that would prevent you from selling your house with polybutylene pipes; only, you'll be required to disclose its presence to potential buyers. Home buyers will factor the presence of polybutylene pipes into their offers, and some buyers may pass entirely.

Even if there hasn't been a previous polybutylene leak, or you aren't sure that you have Quest pipe - so decide not to disclose - the issue will be discovered during a home inspection. It is very easy to identify polybutylene pipe.

We've performed many "last-minute" repipes, where a seller is scrambling to resolve a PB pipe problem late in a home sale cycle. We also perform many repipe quotes for buyers looking to lower their home offers.

Feel free to contact us to schedule a free consult with one of our local repipe consultants.


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Are There Any Homeowners Insurance Incentives for PB Pipe Replacement in Utah?

We don't believe there are any situations where a current homeowner's insurance policy would pay for a full or even partial replacement of PB pipes.

Some insurance companies will refuse to provide (or renew) coverage for homes with polybutylene plumbing, while others will require higher premiums or specific exclusions related to PB pipes. We've heard of policies being canceled with very short notice, leaving homeowners scrambling to get new coverage (or quickly complete a repipe).

We've even had situations where the annual insurance premium due to poly pipes exceeded the cost of the repipe itself, sometimes running as much as $5,000 to $7,000 extra in premiums per year for a small 2-bath single-story home.

Repiping your Utah home will not only save you money if you have an unexpected leak, but will also save you financially when it comes to homeowners insurance premiums. For more information, you can read our article on what to know about Polybutylene Pipes and Home Insurance.

If you are choosing between high premiums vs the cost of a repipe, we have several financing options to ease the burden of any unplanned repipe expenses. Learn more about the terms of our nothing down and zero interest financing offers.


Receive a Free Polybutylene Replacement Quote

Here at Repipe Specialists, we've fully replaced polybutylene plumbing in homes across Utah using both copper piping and 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. Our quotes typically range from $4,500 to $15,000 depending on the size and complexity of your project.

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 polybutylene plumbing issues at the source, repipe now.


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Since our founding in 1991, we've been completing residential and multi-family building repipes to the highest standard.

With over 75,000 repipes completed, we've perfected our  One Stop Repipe™ process: providing you with a high quality and convenient repipe experience while offering significant savings compared to traditional plumbers - plus, our work is guaranteed for life.

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