Antique pipes (polybutylene plastic grey pipe, galvanized pipe, copper 20 years or older)
Water leaks, Water spots on walls and ceilings
Water pooling in crawlspace or basement
Water lines can be made of various materials:
PEX pipe is the new style of water line that has been on the market for more than 20 years with little to no issues. It is more cost efficient than copper lines and less prone to leaks than its predecessor polybutylene.
Blue max and polybutylene (also known as quest pipe) were mainly used in late 80s and early 90s homes. While these were a precursor to pex pipe they tend to split much more often than pex pipe. Polybutylene is grey plastic pipe and blue max is a blue plastic pipe (not to be confused with blue colored pex).
Black roll is commonly seen on well systems and early 2000s new construction. It is a cost-effective option but can be less reliable than pex pipe as it is more prone to breaks when dirt shifts
Copper is the old gold standard of pipe. It has been installed since the 1930s and is still very common today. While pex has taken over as the more commonly used material copper can be found in many commercial and residential applications.
Galvanized pipes are most commonly found in homes built before the 1960s. While galvanized has lasted almost 100 years it is no longer used in this way. Galvanized pipes rust from the pipe wall towards the center of the pipe causing water discoloration and poor pressure. It can also be extremely fragile which leads to leaks.
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