polybutylene plumbing and its interaction with chlorine

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      Has there been a study done on the effects of chlorine on polybutylene plumbing pipes? The house Im buying has PB pipes w/ copper inserts and copper crimp bands. The water source is well water, which Im told has gradual ill effects on copper due to mineral content. I have the option to tap into county water at the street, but the chlorine content may have bad effects on polybutylene (it was found to corrode the old plastic inserts). Has a study been done to see what chlorine does to PB pipes themselves? Has anybody else had this concern? So far, the current owners have not had a leak. The house is only 5 years old.

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      If you ever have a leak within ten years from the time the house was first sold, you are qualified for a free replumbing job administered by Consumer Plumbing Recovery Center.If you decide to replace polybutylene with copper, make sure that the plumber does a very good job installing the new pipes. Otherwise you may have a BIG noise problem.: Has there been a study done on the effects of chlorine on polybutylene plumbing pipes? The house Im buying has PB pipes w/ copper inserts and copper crimp bands. The water source is well water, which Im told has gradual ill effects on copper due to mineral content. I have the option to tap into county water at the street, but the chlorine content may have bad effects on polybutylene (it was found to corrode the old plastic inserts). Has a study been done to see what chlorine does to PB pipes themselves? Has anybody else had this concern? So far, the current owners have not had a leak. The house is only 5 years old.

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      At the current time, the time limit to replace the PB piping, if you have problems, is 12 years from date of construction.: Has there been a study done on the effects of chlorine on polybutylene plumbing pipes? The house Im buying has PB pipes w/ copper inserts and copper crimp bands. The water source is well water, which Im told has gradual ill effects on copper due to mineral content. I have the option to tap into county water at the street, but the chlorine content may have bad effects on polybutylene (it was found to corrode the old plastic inserts). Has a study been done to see what chlorine does to PB pipes themselves? Has anybody else had this concern? So far, the current owners have not had a leak. The house is only 5 years old.

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