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Old 01-21-2016, 09:36 AM   #1
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A friend is buying a house here, built in 80's and her home inspector said pipes need to be changed as they are polybutylene and can burst.

I didn't say anything to her but wonder if her pipes under the slab are polybutylene and in danger of bursting?

My daughter is househunting so we're curious.

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There has been a class action suit against polybutylene for a good while now. It would just start leaking for no reason, most has been replaced or will soon be in the very near future, as it won't last.
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MiKe, that was a good link. Thanks

Jim, thats sort of scary in this day an age.

Our friend was told its about $3,000 to replace pipes so her closing is on hold while they decide who's paying.
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That is not a bad price to replace the pipes providing it isn't a small house. But still $3,000 could be a deal breaker when buying a house.
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When I bought my house 10 years ago. it had all PB plumbing (house was built in 1988). I was aware of the issue and made 2 offers on the house. Replace all the PB $x, "As is" $x - $4000.

The owner went for the "as is" price.

The house is a 1400 sg ft ranch (3 bedrooms, 2 baths) on a crawl space. I replaced all the PB with PEX for less than $1000 material. I already owned the tools.

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