Updating plumbing in a home
But throughout the 1980s lawsuits, claiming that defective manufacturing and installation had caused hundreds of millions of dollars of water damage from ruptured pipes, began to mount into the thousands.
Although the manufacturers never acknowledged that PB pipe is defective, they eventually agreed to fund a class action settlement for just under a billion dollars to resolve homeowner claims.
At some point, almost every old home will have a serious plumbing problem.
Much of that problem can be traced back to galvanized pipe, which was a popular option for homes built between 19.
While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector.
Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here. There are three categories of plumbing problems we find in older homes: 1) Pipe material that has been determined to be prone to failure and no longer used, 2) Pipe material and fixtures that are at the end of their serviceable lifespan, and 3) Defective repairs made by the homeowner or a handyman.
- Polybutylene pipe is no longer rated for installation by the building code and also no longer manufactured.