In our fifteen years in real estate in the Lowcountry we have seen countless sellers have to spend thousands of wasted dollars to replace water systems because an uninformed inspector has raised the panic flag to an unsuspecting buyer about "faulty" water systems. An average of about $7000 per home!
In some cases, we have seen reports that state "There was a large class action suit on the use of polybutylene pipe and you better get this replaced with PEX now or you'll have a $10,000 problem down the road." Most of the time, sellers feels pressured to update their water system because the buyer is frightened and it's a problem they really don't understand.
Let's look at the facts: There really isn't a perfect water system in the Lowcountry. Even copper will fail over time. Our contention is a polybutylene pipe with metal fittings and crimp rings is a completely acceptable system and shouldn't have to be replaced after a very professional inspection.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's over six million homes had grey polybutylene piping with polybutylene fittings installed as the major residential water systems. Over time, oxidants in the water especially chlorine disintegrated the fittings from inside out.
The solution was to replace the polybutylene fittings with metal fittings that can be purchased at any hardware store and change instructions can be found on the internet and I personally learned a lot from You Tube.
We are by no means experts on water systems but have helped buyers & sellers many times to over come this confusion and more forward with a successful sale. The fear around water systems can be scary especially for buyers moving into this area. A good inspector and a good plumber can help set both sides straight.
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