POLYBUTYLENE PIPING
Questions
and Answers to Common Questions

"What Is Polybutylene Plumbing?"
 

Polybutylene Failure
There have been numerous reports of failure in this plumbing system. Expert opinions regarding the failures include:

THE CLASS ACTION SUIT:
Cox vs. Shell Oil Co., et al.

There have been a number of lawsuits and settlements across the nation. Cox vs. Shell, et al. is one of the largest and well known. The Cox Class Settlement was approved by the Court on November 9, 1995, requiring Shell Oil to commit a minimum of $950 million to a Settlement Fund. This Settlement allows homeowners who had (or have) 1 qualifying leak within the appropriate time period to be eligible to recover property damages, repair costs and a complete re-plumb of the property at no cost. Keep in mind that this was a Settlement, and due to strict guidelines, many do not qualify for recovery.

"Who’s Eligible For Recovery?"
Call 1-800-392-7591 to inquire on eligibility status. Claimant must meet ALL of the following criteria:

"Won’t My Homeowners Insurance Cover This Anyway?"
Not necessarily. In some cases, homeowners are finding that insurance companies will either cancel their coverage when extensive damage is caused by Polybutylene or refuse coverage to homes piped with Polybutylene. It is best to check with you own insurance company in advance.

"We Love The House, How Can We Protect Ourselves?"
BE INFORMED! Being informed on the subject and knowing what to expect is the best protection. Having Polybutylene Plumbing in a home in no way means you should not buy the home, or if you already own the home, does it mean panic. Simply know what type of plumbing system your home has and make a plan for how to handle the possibility of serious problems.

"What Are The Claim Deadlines?"
Mobile Homes:
Leaks must occur within 10 years of PB plumbing installation. And must be fixed within 11 years of PB Plumbing Installation.

Yard Service Lines:
Leaks must occur within 10 years of PB Yard Service Line installation. And must be fixed within 11 years of PB Yard Service Line Installation.

Homes with Acetal Fittings:
Leaks must occur within 13 years of PB plumbing installation. And must be fixed within 14 years of PB Plumbing Installation.

Homes Units with Metal Fittings:
Leaks must occur within 16 years of PB plumbing installation or 1-31-2009, which ever is earlier. And must be fixed within 17 years of PB Plumbing Installation or 5-1-2009, whichever is earlier.

Apartment Buildings & Commercial or Public Structures with Acetal or Metal Insert Fittings:
Leaks must occur within 13 years of PB plumbing installation. And must be fixed within 14 years of PB Plumbing Installation.

"Who Do I Call?"
TAR cannot recommend any plumbers or home inspectors at this time. We do recommend that you seek the advice of your Sales Managers and/or Firm Attorney.

Crawford & Company Insurance (1-800-876-9280) is the Insurance company handling Cox vs. Shell settlement claims in the Tidewater area. They may be able to recommend plumbers who have done this type of re-plumb in our area.

To make a claim or gain additional information on the Class Action Lawsuit you can call the Consumer Plumbing Recovery Center at 1-800-392-7591. Or access their website at: www.pbpipe.com

Spencer Class: 1-800-490-6997 This offers 10% recovery on re-plumbing systems with plastic fittings only.

Additional Internet web sites with Polybutylene information can be found here: http://www.centerforrealestate.com/links/polybutylene.html

This information is provided as a member service. HRRA believes this information to be correct, but will not be liable for any errors or omissions. Information was gathered from various articles; the Consumer Plumbing Recovery Center; testimonials plumbers have posted on websites across the country; and from the Cox v. Shell Oil, et al Class Action Settlement document.