Polybutylene Pipe Replacement

Polybutylene Pipe Replacement

Polybutylene Pipe Replacement & Water Service Repair

Most polybutylene pipe – also referred to as “water service pipe” or “yard service pipe” or “poly pipe” is underground. It is the pipe that carries water from the street into the house that is installed in and around homes in the greater Baltimore area. There is also some polybutylene pipe installed inside the home plumbing system, but it is not common in the Baltimore area. To learn more about our polybutylene pipe replacement services please contact us today.

Polybutylene pipe is a blue (or gray) plastic pipe manufactured by the Shell Oil Corporation. It was installed in homes between approximately 1978 and 1995 – mostly in new construction – but it was also used to replace water services in older homes as well. It was found that chlorine added to sanitize our drinking water reacts with the polybutylene making it brittle. All polybutylene pipes will fail for this reason. It is just a question of when it will happen… not if it will. I typically see a surge in polybutylene pipe replacement when the seasons change. The ground changes temperature and so does our potable water. The change in temperature causes the “Big Blue” to expand or contract aggravating its weakness.

Why should I have my polybutylene pipe replaced? 

There are several advantages to being proactive about polybutylene pipe replacement

  • If a break occurs in the foundation wall, or near it, you could have water damage which could include personal property damage i.e. carpets, furniture, walls, even AC, and heating equipment.
  • Also, the new asbestos of our time is mold. Water not properly cleaned up can lead to mold growing in your walls and under your carpets. The spores get into your ductwork system and are distributed around the house causing health risks.
  • A break outside the home can cause the earth to be washed away from under sidewalks and driveways causing them to crack or even give way.
  • Most homes sold undergo a home inspection. Most buyers will negotiate the replacement of the pipe before purchasing the property as they are aware of the potential hazards of leaving the pipe in service.
  • You could end up with a huge water bill. I have had customers who have received water bills in excess of $600.00 because of this pipe leaking underground and undetected.
  • Polybutylene pipe replacement that is done before a break often turns out much better aesthetically and usually costs less, too. You can plan when to do it rather than in an emergency type of repair. Five Star Plumbing Services offers discounts to customers who pre-schedule their polybutylene pipe replacement.

Do I have Polybutylene Pipe?

Here are some ways you can tell if you have a polybutylene pipe for your water service pipe…

  • If you see any blue plastic pipe where your water service enters the home.
  • If you see a gray plastic fitting when your water service pipe enters the home.
  • Some poly is totally hidden underground. We would have to come out and check for you. 

Other ways to tell would include a summary of info such as…

  • My house was built between 1978 and 1995. 
  • My neighbors on my street or in my neighborhood have had it replaced.
  • I have a higher than usual water bill.
  • My yard is always wet.
  • My sump pump runs too much.
  • The front wall of my basement is damp or wet. 

Why should I choose Five Star Plumbing Servies to replace my Polybutylene Pipe?

  • Over 95% of all our polybutylene pipe replacements are trenchless.
  • All polybutylene pipe replacement comes with a 10-year warranty for material and labor. 
  • There are few that do a better job than Five Star Plumbing Services!

Areas We Serve for Water Main Breaks 

Harford County

Aberdeen, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Abingdon, Bel Air, Belcamp, Benson, Churchville, Darlington, Edgewood, Fallston, Forest Hill, Gunpowder, Havre De Grace, Jarrettsville, Joppa, Perryman, Pylesville, Street, White Hall, and Whiteford

Baltimore County

Arbutus, Bowleys Quarters, Carney, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Garrison, Hampton, Kingsville, Lochearn, Lutherville, Middle River, Overlea, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Rosedale, Rossville, Towson, and White Marsh

Don’t see your town or city listed? Call us at Call (410) 836-0118 for immediate service!

 

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Hear What Customers Say About Five Star Plumbing Services

 

Ryder Blaze
Ryder Blaze
11:51 06 Jun 20
I am pleased with their professionalism. Chris came out to estimate at least 5 plumbing repairs. He explained options in detail. Matt fixed 4 of the 5 issues in 1 quick day. (We opted to not have the 5th issue repaired.) Pricing was fair. I will seek there bid in the future!
Paul Sheesley
Paul Sheesley
00:22 11 Apr 20
Thorough! Professional and knowledgeable. Provided sturdy replacements and good service. I don’t usually leave reviews. Thanks again!
Tim Johnson
Tim Johnson
12:55 18 Mar 20
This is a great company to have any of your plumbing needs. They are a five star business. Thank you again Sherrie B.
David T
David T
22:33 11 Mar 20
Needed water shut off valve moved in HVAC closet. Matt arrived on time and gave me a quote. It was a little more than I anticipated but he showed me what needed to be done and I agreed. As it turned out, the old valve would not shut off properly and he installed two shut offs, one to handle water flow closer to the water tank and another which was more accessible to me which is what I needed. The work was done in 90 minutes and I had two great valves installed which seem to be working fine.
Gary Wilhide
Gary Wilhide
16:55 19 Feb 20
G Hackney
G Hackney
18:59 16 Feb 20
Five star plumbing did a great job and I will definitely use their services again.
Mamta Handa
Mamta Handa
18:28 05 Jan 20
January 2018. Chris put in a new Water Supply Pipe, a new Pressure Control Valve at the supply point, and a new Bladder-type tank near the water heater. Stopped hammering. Did a great job, would highly recommend.
Danny Robinson
Danny Robinson
14:18 02 Dec 19
We had 5-Star do several plumbing jobs at our new house. They are reliable, punctual, and very helpful. They care about the quality of their work and followed up to make sure we were happy. The employees are friendly and talented, making them a pleasure to work with. We'll certainly by using them again.
Tim Dash
Tim Dash
17:09 29 Nov 19
What a Great job!! They came on time for a quote and to perform the work. The guys doing the work were friendly and answered all my questions. They'll be my first call for any further plumbing work.
Diane
Diane
19:54 05 Aug 19
I have used 5 star 2 times in emergency situations.They responded as promised explained the best way to remedie and quoted the cost.The service was done effectively and timely.
Jeffrey Rosen
Jeffrey Rosen
16:10 28 Jul 19
I had the water pipe bringing water into my house break. Harford County turned the water off at midnight. Chris was by the next morning for a look and an estimate. He loaned me a washer hose and told me how to get water from my neighbor's hose bib (after permission, of course). The crew started work 2 days later and did a bang up job. The job took more copper pipe than was quoted and they stood by the estimate. I was very pleased with the attitude and work ethic of the plumbing crew on site. I would recommend 5 star without reservation
Donna Selander
Donna Selander
12:23 29 May 19
I had a polybutylene pipe replaced in my Abingdon, MD home. The job was done professionally and the workers were very neat. They put my yard back together so well I could barely tell that they were there. Everything went much better than I expected and I would highly recommend 5 Star Plumbing of Bel Air, MD.
Max Immigrashkin
Max Immigrashkin
23:32 08 Mar 19
Had a main water line leaking into the house Sunday night. After the County rep turned it off outside I called a few different companies to get an estimate on repairs. Chris and his crew won my business by being very professional and reasonably priced. Job was done very fast and you can’t even tell that they had to dig a trench in my front yard. I would definitely recommend 5 Star plumbing to anyone who needs plumbing services.
monica Thayer
monica Thayer
15:51 04 Mar 19
The company replaced the water supply line from the meter pit to the inside of our home. This was a trench- less installment and our concrete driveway was not cut or broken. The work was completed as promised and "to code". All permits and inspections were also completed as promised. In February, Five Star Plumbing replaced our water heater promptly and on our schedule after reviewing with us several options for heater capacity and warranty lengths. Again, we were pleased with the installation and the professionalism of all staff at the company.
Timothy Ingram
Timothy Ingram
18:14 21 Jan 19
Very responsive and great quality work on a leaky faucet a few weeks back. I highly recommend them.
Stitch Allen
Stitch Allen
14:19 14 Jun 18
5 star plumbing is the only plumbing company I will ever use. Called them Monday morning,6/11/18 with a water heater leaking real bad.. Chris the owner was here in 40 mins. and the gentlemen that was with him{ sorry bad with names} did a great job replacing my water heater. Real class A act... So Nice, Cleaned everything up.. Thank you guys for everything.. Bless you all. Richard
Beth Wellmann
Beth Wellmann
18:22 18 May 18
I contacted 5 Star Plumbing about my water heater that was leaking in my basement 5 minutes before close of business on a Friday night. Chris, the owner, sent a tech out that night who quickly stopped the leak and ordered a replacement water heater that was installed the next day. The tech was polite and efficient and cleaned everything up and somehow removed the old water heater without getting water anywhere on the way out the door. 5 Star Plumbing made an unexpected repair much more bearable - very grateful!!
lev svitchar
lev svitchar
15:33 10 Sep 17
An absolutely wonderful company! Honesty, integrity and value is everything you get from Chris and his excellent group of employees. They were accurate; their work was professional; and they provide excellent service. If you want an honest plumber who does it right the first time, call Five Star Plumbing. I would recommend his services to someone, including family and friends.
Michael Hutchins
Michael Hutchins
18:55 25 Jul 17
It is somewhat unusual for a company's title to reflect its service. These guys have my five star rating. Without going into details about what they had to do and the manner in which they did it, I recommend them to anyone with a plumbing problem or concern.
Mad Stork
Mad Stork
21:32 29 Jun 17
Great, smart, friendly Worker. Saved me $1,400 from a huge Rooter-Mega firm wanting to re-do everything over one simple hairball clog. 5 Stars!
James Daniel
James Daniel
22:29 08 Feb 17
An absolutely wonderful company! Honesty, integrity and value is everything you get from Chris and his excellent group of employees. If you've landed on this site I would do yourself a favor and shop nowhere else - this is who you want repairing your plumbing. They were neat; their work was pure craftsmanship; and they provide an excellent service.
koury ensley
koury ensley
18:28 19 Jul 16
Cindy T
Cindy T
16:38 09 May 16
Courteous, knowledgeable and clean. Immediate response, the best price of 3 quotes and worked around my schedule. If you want an honest plumber who does it right the first time, call Five Star Plumbing.
William Rapley
William Rapley
10:05 11 Nov 14
I called them at 8am on a Monday Morning due to an issue that happened over the weekend. Not only did they answer the phone but were able to give me a reliable time frame for arrival. He said he would be there between noon and 2pm and he showed up at 1pm. He was fast and courteous and had the job completed quite quickly. I will definitely call him next time I have a need.
Nick Montanarelli
Nick Montanarelli
15:19 27 Jun 13
My failing hot water heater came from Home Depot and the heater itself was covered under warranty. Their contractor wanted $450 to replace it for labor delivery and removal. They came out and said that they could not do the job because they had to lift the empty hot water heater out.I picked up the new water heater from Home Depot and called 5 Star, they were the only ones who answered, spoke to Portia at the office who was very friendly, and they were out here within 18 hours of the call which was not an emergency.Excellent service, no issues with the install, very professional and they were cheaper! They also removed the old heater.Highly recommeded
Charlie Richardson
Charlie Richardson
19:35 28 Feb 13
Excellent service from a competent, knowledgeable professional. He diagnosed a difficult drainage problem and provided the solution. A pleasure to have working in my home. Unequivocally recommended... I would recommend his plumbing services to anyone, including family and friends.
Carl Powell
Carl Powell
03:06 30 Aug 11
A lifesaver during a very bad time to have plumbing problems! After a storm of this size, it meant a lot to me that these guys could fit me into the schedule on such short notice and stop a small (but potentially serious) problem from becoming a whole lot worse. THANK YOU!

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