Polybutylene pipes

I am currently living in a townhouse that I rent; it was built in the 1980s, which means that it is relatively new as far as housing goes. I mean, I own a house, as well, in a town about an hour away, and it will be 100 years old next year. So, the thing about this 1980s townhouse is the plumbing. I am thankful I am not the owner because this townhouse has what is called polybutylene plumbing or pipes. If a realtor is selling a house that has polybutylene pipes, he is required to do a disclosure to the buyer. This is because if your building has polybutylene pipes, you are most assuredly going to have plumbing leaks and maybe even water damage at some point. In the four years I have lived here, I have had two plumbing leaks. One was a pipe leak in the wall behind the kitchen sink. The other was in the wall behind the bathroom cabinet. Two plumbing leaks that happened while I was at work. I came home and there was water everywhere due to the kitchen sink leak and the bathroom pipe leaking. I was glad that I could call the landlord and not have to worry with paying the plumber. The plumber did recommend to the property owner that he replace all the plumbing in the whole house. I really trust the plumber he uses from this local plumbing company, and if it were me, I would complete the replumbing. However, I kind of hope the owner doesn’t because it would mean I would have to move out, which is a nuisance.

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