Starting out the New Year with below-freezing temps in the Outer Banks can put a damper on the post-holiday spirit. But even worse than frigid temps outdoors are freezing temps that can harm your indoor or outdoor plumbing. We are outlining our thoughts on preventing frozen pipes on the Outer Banks, whether you live in […]
If your home or office was built in the 1980’s, it’s likely that polybutylene water pipe was used. It was a popular material because it was a faster and cheaper alternative to copper or PVC pipe. It is suspected that the rate of failure was high in homes with this type of piping because oxidants like chlorine used in municipal water supplies reacts with the pipes and fittings, which then causes the material to scale, flake and become brittle. This can result in breaks or leaks that compromise the integrity of the entire system and could possibly flood your home.