Which water pipes are an insurance problem and possibly uninsurable?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Galvanized steel water pipe was used extensively in residential construction from the 1950s through the late 1970s. The other problematic pipe material is polybutylene, often referred to by the acronym “PB,” and it was installed from the mid-1970s to mid-1990s.

    Insurance companies do not want to write a policy on properties with either of these two types of pipes because of the higher-than-normal likelihood of leakage that will end up as an expensive insurance claim. To get all the facts about galvanized steel pipe, go to our blog post Why is old galvanized steel water pipe a problem for homebuyers?. And see our blog post What does polybutylene pipe look like? Why is it a problem? for more information on the history and problems with PB pipe.

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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about PLUMBING PIPES:

How can I protect my pipes to keep them from bursting during a hard winter freeze in North Florida?

Can galvanized steel pipe still be used for new water lines in a house? 

How can I tell if I have cast iron pipes in my house? 

Why can't a sanitary tee be used for a horizontal-to-horizontal drain pipe connection? 

Is a washing machine drain hose required to be secured at the standpipe?

What are the abandoned pipes sticking out of the wall in my house?  

What are the code requirements for plumbing vent terminations?

What are the code requirements for layout of drain piping under sinks?

What causes a gurgling sound when a bathtub or sink drains? 

What is a "combination waste and vent" in a plumbing system? 

What is a building trap?  

What is a galvanized nipple?

What are the pipes sticking out near my water valves?

How do you accurately find a broken water pipe leak under the floor slab?

What is the difference between water pipe and sewage (waste) pipe? 

Are plastic pipes (PVC, CPVC, and PEX) safe for drinking water? 

Is a hot water faucet handle required to be on the left? 

What is a dielectric union? 

What's that powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater? 

If all the plumbing drains have water in them and you can still smell sewer gas, what's causing the problem?  

How can I tell what type of plumbing pipe I have?

Why is there a flexible accordion pipe under the sink? 

What is the difference between PVC and ABS plumbing pipe?

What is the difference between water service pipe and water supply pipe? 

What are the pipes on my roof? 

What is a P-trap?

• Which water pipes are an insurance problem and possibly uninsurable?

• Can you connect CPVC pipe directly to a gas water heater? 

      Visit our PLUMBING and INSURANCE pages for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 

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