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Polybutylene Piping Problems

Posted by Kelly on September 28th, 2002 09:39 PM
In reply to polybutylene piping problems by Kathy on September 19th, 2000 08:51 PM [Go to top of thread]

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> My Polybutylene, Poly Butyl, Plastic, PB, Quest/Qwest pipe is leaking or brittle, Find Help Here! by Handyman on 10/28/2004

We purchased the mobile home we are living in today in March of 1996; it was manufactured in 1987. The
water in our area has been heavely chlorinated over the past 6 years; thus eating away at our pipes.
We did not know that this house had the Polybutylene piping in it, when we purchased it; nor was it disclosed by the inspectors or the previous owners.
On Fathers day of this year; our pipes between the floor & under the house broke in our bathroom- flooding our bathroom and then again on July 4th in the same exact spot underneath our kitchen sink. In doing some investigating of the rest of our mobile home; we found that underneath the pantry sink & the other bathroom sink we found cracks in the piping in the same exact spots. The plumbers that came out to fix the first mishap told us to check into the Class Action suit regarding this piping; but everyone we have spoken
to said we fall outside the dates allowed.
We live in an area where there are many mobile homes & due to the constant chlorinating of our water; several people are having this problem.
I understand that the class action suit has been reopened for anyone who purchase a home from 1999 on. The last suite that was open was from 1978 to 1995. Why is there such a gap between those dates?
Why is there no restitution for anyone who owns a home with the defective Polybutlene Piping in it? How do we find out who to contact in our area? Insurance companies do not even want to speak to you if you have this piping in your home & if we do file a claim - we were told our insurance would be dropped. I think any home built between 1978 and 1995 regardless of when it was purchased should get restitution for a product that was not even tested before it was put on the market. And if you do research under Shell Oil Company &
the class action suit you will find that it was not tested against chlorine.

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