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Polybutylene pipes used for hydronic heating system
Hello - I'm looking to buy a house with polybutylene pipes. My inspector mentioned in his report that the hydronic heating system uses polybutylene plastic plumbing supply lines. Please see excerpt from his inspection below.
"Polybutylene plastic plumbing supply lines (PB 2110) are installed in the subject house and used in the hydronic heating system. (Picture 1 thru 4) Polybutylene has been used in this area for many years, but has had a higher than normal failure rate, and is no longer being widely used. Copper and Brass fittings used in later years have apparently reduced the failure rate. Unable to verify fitting material used as the pipes are under the floor."
I wanted to find out #1, how severe of an issue this is and #2, what kind of remedies/solutions we could undertake to mitigate this issue.