How Polybutylene Pipes Increase The Risk Of Pests (And Why Pipe Replacement Helps)

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When leaks occur in a home, it requires a skilled plumber to avoid a serious problem. This is especially true with polybutylene piping, which is still common in many older houses. In fact, leaks in this piping may lead to an invasion of dangerous and destructive pests.

The Problems With Polybutylene Pipe

Polybutylene piping was discontinued after the 90s because it was found to break down easily and cause leaks in a home. The reasons for this pipe weakness are uncertain, but homes build after 1995 should not have these pipes. However, older homes may still have them and may be at an increased risk of pipe breakage, leaks, and pest invasion.

What is the connection between leaking polybutylene pipes and pests? When pipes leak, they attract high concentrations of pests to an area. Vermin such as termites, ants, and mice are always looking for a steady water supply. As a result, a leaking pipe is like a welcome sign for these unwanted house guests.

Identifying This Type Of Pipe

Those who own a home that seems to suffer from heavy levels of pest infestations need to check their home for the possibility of polybutylene pipes. Go in the basement and look for the pipes underneath of the house. They are typically blue, gray, and black in color. If the pipes have this color, it is important to look for the imprint "PB2110," which is a dead giveaway for polybutylene pipes.

Check each of the pipes for leaks and inspect the area near them for pest nests. While there might not be visible termites or ants constantly running around the leak area, they are likely to come to it for water regularly. If spotted, there is definitely pest and pipe problems.

Replacement Is The Best Step

When a home has polybutylene pipes, it is important to get them replaced by a plumber as soon as possible. Failure to do so could lead to the kind of failure that creates openings for pest invaders such as termites and ants. Repair is not advised in this case, as polybutylene piping is simply too prone to wearing and breaking. But how much is it going to cost?

That will vary depending on the size of the home. For example, it is estimated that it costs between $2,000 and $6,000 to replace the plumbing in a 1,500 square-foot house. This is the cost if the homeowner decides to a pipe-specific job. However, if they do their pipe replacement while working on a larger renovation project, it could decrease the price to $250 to $1,000.

These simple steps are required to help protect a home from the dangers of polybutylene pipes and nasty pests. If pests have found their way into a home, it is important to use pest-control techniques to get them out for good.

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