A polybutylene pipe class action lawsuit has ended, but a plethora of new claims remain. The plaintiffs are now seeking millions of dollars in damages. The number one cause of failure is improper municipal water treatment. In a 1995 case, the manufacturer settled for $950 million. While the monetary settlements are no longer being made, plumbers in the Valley are still seeing the problem. In some instances, entire subdivisions were built using this type of piping.

If you have a polybutylene pipe, you’re at a higher risk for water damage. These leaks can go unnoticed for years, which can lead to mold and deteriorated drywall. Additionally, polybutylene pipes can decrease the value of your home, and your insurer could deny or increase your coverage for the leaks. In some cases, a polybutylene pipe class action lawsuit can help you recover your money.

A polybutylene pipe class-action lawsuit was filed in 1995 against the Shell Oil Company.

This settlement gave affected homeowners $120 million in total. However, the affected homeowners cannot claim their money anymore because the settlement fund is now inactive. The lawsuit has been resolved and a $1.1 billion settlement has been reached. The lawsuit was filed after several lawsuits have been settled. You can learn more about the class action lawsuits here.

The lawsuit against Shell Oil Co. ended in 1995 and provided $120 million to the homeowners affected by the faulty polybutylene pipes. A settlement was reached in 1997 with DuPont, which manufactures the pipes and fittings. Unfortunately, the affected homeowners are no longer eligible to file a claim for damages, and both settlement funds are defunct. So, you may have to wait for a while before bringing a case against the manufacturer.

There are many types of PB plumbing claims.

These types of lawsuits have been filed by homeowners who have suffered plumbing leaks caused by faulty products. Since the class action lawsuits were filed in the early 1970s, polybutylene piping has been used for both in-home supply and water supply piping. There are two main types of PB leaks. If the faulty piping has been installed improperly, the damage will be permanent.

A polybutylene pipe class action lawsuit is the result of a settlement involving the manufacturer’s defective product. These types of claims must have occurred within a specific timeframe following the construction of a building. Depending on the type of piping, a homeowner may have to pay several thousand dollars to replace the pipes. However, the lawsuits may not be the only way to obtain a settlement.

The initial class action lawsuits centered around specific plumbing issues. Some of the most common are the leaks caused by polybutylene pipes. In most cases, the homeowner must have suffered from a plumbing leak within a certain time after the construction of the home. Often, it is only when the problem is discovered that a homeowner is entitled to a settlement. If this is the case, a homeowners’ insurance policy may cover the replacement costs.

A second polybutylene pipe class-action lawsuit was filed by the homeowner in Arkansas.

This case resulted in a settlement of $120 million for affected homeowners. The settlement was a class action, which meant that the affected homeowner must have a specific plumbing problem. Usually, the leak must happen within a particular timeframe after the construction of the home. In some cases, the repair of a leak will cost more than the lawsuit itself.

In other cases, the lawsuit was filed in a different state.

This lawsuit included both the manufacturers of polybutylene pipes and the homeowners who had them installed. It was the latter case that received the largest settlement, but it did not fully resolve the problem. The settlements were for the cost of replacing damaged homes. Some homeowners were awarded up to $1 billion, while others were left with nothing. It is not clear which method is the better choice.

The plaintiffs in this polybutylene pipe class action are the owners of houses constructed with this material. They have a similar type of plumbing system to the one in which the plumber used copper fittings. The pipes are often gray, but sometimes they are white. The fittings are connected with crimp rings made of copper or aluminum. The lawsuit includes homeowners and businesses with defective plumbing. The lawsuits are complicated and involve many facets of a household.

102 thoughts on “Polybutylene Pipe Class Action Lawsuit Ends”
    1. We have a 1983 mobile with the polybutylene pipes under our entire home. We did not have a home inspection, but do
      have a policy of home insurance. I have called them to check on coverage. Can we get in on this lawsuit? We’re looking at
      up to $8,000 to pipe.

    2. I would like to join. My family has incurred serious health problems from these resulting in organ transplants. I didn’t receive info from the parties in my community who were aware of this.

  1. I bought my home in 2000 and have lots of polbutylene pipes. How to I file a class action suit for replacement?

  2. i would like to join we now have a water main issue with several leaks and water bills in the thousands of dollars.

  3. There was a lawsuit and homeowners were given funds to repair/replace polybutylene pipes yet they did not require proof that the work was done. Now years later new homeowners are stuck with paying for and completing the job. Is there a place where we can be reimbursed for this?

    1. That’s Interesting. When my pipes were replaced, the payment / funds went to the Plumbing company if I’m not mistaken. I don’t remember getting a check to spend on anything I wanted.

  4. I would like to join a class action suit. I just found out recently about this. I’ve had a major leak that had to be fixed about 10 years ago & today another is being fixed. Is this still possible?

    1. I would like to join the lawsuit we have had four leaks within the past 7 years all due to quest pipes the home was built in 1984. Would like more information thank you.

        1. In my homeowner inspection there was no mention of gray piping I would like to join a class action suit for replacement cost

  5. I bought a house had it inspected and never told about these pipes until a plumber came to fix leak. He suggested replace asap. What can I do to get help on cost of this project?

  6. Is there going to be a new Class Action for this Quest Pipe? I moved into a home May 2020 and we’ve suffered 2 pipe bursts with the last one running up a $300 water bill that is in excess of $270 – $280 above our normal water bill and usage. I was unaware of the issue with the pipes until we had our 1st bursts and had a plumber to come out afterhours to fix the initial pipe and we do not have the means to pay $10,000 plus for a total replumbing. This is the 3rd pipe burst that Im aware of since October 2019 which was before we occupied the home but that incident resulted in a home owners claim in excess of $35,000 in damages to a vacant, non-furnished property.

  7. I would like to join the class action lawsuit for polybutylene pipes. I’m in the state of Maryland and have a stack of repair receipts.

    1. Is there any active lawsuit, or remaining fund to pay for repiping a house after multiple leaks involving polybutylene pipes.

  8. I just found out I have a water leak making the water bills high and I’ve been here for 10 years How can I get reimbursed if I have it fixed

  9. I would like to join the class action law suit. Our pipes burst on sunday and caused enormous damage, cost to repair and replace plumbing is $17,000.

  10. I hope someone gets a class action suit together. I have had issues before and now being turned down for homeowners’ insurance because of existing polybutylene plumbing. The best estimate I got for replacing all the plumbing was $14,000.

  11. We recently had a PB pipe burst in one of the shower walls, and it is the first time we discovered we have PB piping. A real estate agent has advised us that the entire house will nee to be replumbled if we expect to sell it. Can we file any type of claim against the manufacturer of the pipes?

  12. I would like to join this class action suit everytime I turn around I half to have a pipe fix and I can’t afford this I’m on a fixed income.please let me know asap thank you

  13. I would like to join, I was told if you had brass fitting you were ok So they said I did not qualify
    I’m disabled as well

  14. I jus had to leaks fixed in my home .For a total of 4 leaks .I missed the Deadline and is having to deal with multiple leaks .I would like to join as well .

  15. I would like to join the class action lawsuit. I just had the bathroom pipe burst n now going thru fixing the flood damage/disaster. Both insurance adjuster n plumber strongly recommended to replace all the polybutylene pipes to prevent the next burst or leaking disaster from happening!!

  16. My house that I bought last year has these pipes. One broke and cost me 10,000 to fix. How can I claim a Reimbursement ?

  17. I would like to join a polybutylene class action lawsuit. We purchased a home in the Outer Banks which we live year round in. We have had a number of pipes burst and now we are living in a situation where we have to shut down the water to entire house prior to leaving, even if just running to the store. This is a huge problem. The costs are going to be extremely high to replace all this piping.

  18. I would like to be part of any class action law suit. Need plumbing work done and no one in my area will work on this type of piping.

  19. I’ve paid a plumber about 15 years ago to fix a leaking pipe that flooded my bedroom. They had to cut into the foundation to repair. About 5 years ago I had another pipe leak behind my dining room wall. The wall was bulging and the drywall had to be replaced and repainted. Then when I changed homeowners insurance, they wouldn’t cover my house until I had the whole house re-piped. I never new of the class action lawsuit. My home was built in 1990 and most people in my subdivision have had to have their homes re-piped as well. Is there anything we can do now?

  20. I had a home built in 1995, was told it was pex, but it is polybutylene, I have had major leaks since,, actually have one now, I would really love to jump both feet in a lawsuit against this company, ty

  21. Our home has the polybutylene plumbing and when we bought this house that was not disclosed to us. We would have never bought this house had we known. This home was built in 95′ I believe. We had a major leak with damage and had to call in a plumber and use our homeowners insurance to fix it. That is when we were told about this polybutylene piping.

  22. I would like to be included in a class action Lawsuit, Naples, Florida, as this was just found by a professional, plumbing company in my condo. I am having a total repipe done April, 25, 2022.

    1. Need my polybutylene pips replaced did not know of the pipe issue or of the cost that would have trying. to fix this problem the leaks the floor damage ,carpet damage need to join this lawsuit please help. Have had problems ever since I bought this home. Jack

  23. I would like to join the class action lawsuit. We have had problems with the plumbing in our house since 1986 when it was built.

  24. Hello, my name is Loriann Rice I would like a class action lawsuit. We were not aware of out poly pipes until the winter when our pipes busted. We had a plumber come out and inspect our pipes. He told us about the pipe problem but said it was going to cost more than 10 to 15 grand fix the issues. We don’t have homeowners’ insurance and even if we did, they would not touch it on a 1995 mobile home. We cannot afford to fix that plumbing problem. I really need this one fixed or I need enough to buy a new single wide home. We were not aware of the pipe issue or the lawsuit when we bought the home.
    Thank you

  25. I bought this house in 1998 and several times over the years have had leak issues. Today had a major leak and damage to drywall and ceiling. Never knew of the class action situations over the years and now MUST replace all water lines. I live in Delaware. Let’s Go Brandon!!

    PS – I would be very wiling to join in on class action lawsuit- please advise.

  26. I had my house re-plumbed W. this in 1995 & understand the material was outlawed in 1996–just had leak fixed & want to join lawsuit.

  27. When we purchased our home, we were not informed that it had polybutylene pipes and that there was a problem with this. Our home was inspected through FHA. We have had numerous leaks. We have a box full of fittings and pipe that have been removed. We are now retired and are not able to replace these pipes. Please include us in the class action law suit.

  28. I have polybutylene pipes in my house also. It was built in 1993. I would like to be part of the class action lawsuit to replace my piping.

  29. I have a slab leak. I had two companies come and do estimates. They both said I needed to do the whole house because I have polybutylene pipes. Apparently, you can fix one leak but there might be another one coming shortly. I would love to be a part of a lawsuit because my home inspector did not notify me of these pipes.

  30. I would like to join a polybutylene class action lawsuit. We closed on our home (manufactured home) November 2020. Lender didn’t require a home inspection. Our hall bathroom had leak and required subfloor, walls, etc be replaced due to extensive damage.

    1. I would like to join the polybutylene lawsuit. I just bought this house from my 80 year old mom. She had a leak behind her toilet in the master bath that leaked under the tile. I needed a 4 point inspection to get homeowners insurance and can’t get any because of the polybutylene pine. Cost to replace is 10,000. I can’t afford that. My mom was never notified that her house had this pipe in her house. HELP

  31. Just found out that I have to get the whole house done because of the polybutylene pipes. I would like to join a class action lawsuit.

  32. We have a townhouse/condominium community of over 500 inits, all of which were constructed with polybutylene supply lines. Our property insurer is threatening to terminate our entire communities policy if we do not complete a total replacement of these lines in short order. The cost is falling on the individual unit owners as the supply lines are not considered Common Elements.
    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  33. Would like to join lawsuit. Pipes were connected or joined behind walls of a mobile home on cement block with no basement. Pipes had slow leaks and gypsum walls to absorbed water and caused mold to grow up the side of the wet walls five plus feet until gravity would not let capillary action to work any higher. Visible side of gypsum wall on rooms usually covered with plastic or vinyl so damage not visible until finally slow leak appeared on vinyl flooring. Beneath vinyl floors the chipboard flooring gets wet, expands and weakens. Units like this need new piping, new walls, and new flooring.

  34. I had a leak this week and just found out about PB pipes and their flaws. I too would like to be involved with a class action lawsuit for the cost of re-plumbing my entire house. There was nothing in my inspection when I bought my house 5 years ago.

  35. We bought our home in 2010, and just found out that the entire plumbing is Quest plumbing, we are having leaks everywhere and plumber told us we have to pretty much replace the entire plumbing systems, which is going to cost thousands! Where can we get help?? Is the lawsuit still going?

    Please help! I like to be included in the lawsuit. I have a leak issues that will cost more than I can afford. is there still action that can be taken?

  37. I live in a 1995 mobile and am having my poly b replaced right now due to no insurance companies willing to insure me anymore. Big pricey job but without insurance i will lose my home so not really a choice. Also, never had a single issue with them leaking in the past and insurance will not help with replacement costs.

  38. major leaks under my house right now and cant even turn my water on or get financed to get them replaced. I need help joining the suit ASAP

  39. Trying to sell My home and had an inspection done and advised I have “PB221” pipes that need to be replaced! $8500 !! how do I get on this class action Lawsuit????

  40. My home was built in1992 and purchased in 1993. A home inspection performed and no issues were reported. I recently had a Polybutyline Line leak in an upstaires Bath Room that caused extensive damage. I have to have all the water lines replaced at an estimated cost of $8,000.00 to $ 10,000.00.
    I was not aware I had water lines that were faulty or that there was a Class Action Lawsuit regarding them. I would like to be added to any and all future Lawsuites.

  41. Is it too late to get in on the polybutylene water piping class action? I just found out that I have it though-out my house and currently have water leaking under my house. This is the 2nd leak in a few months. The plumber says I need to replace all of the PB piping. This will cost over $8000.That doesn’t include the cost of the ruined insulation.

  42. I would like to join a class action suit involving the PB pipe used when my home was built in 1990. I have had 3 KNOWN leaks due to the PB piping in my home. I am now having to consider pipe replacement throughout my home due to leak #3. Leak #3 caused water to seep up through my vinyl flooring. Which at present, I have had to turn off the water to my home to lessen any further damage until my plumber arrives. The damage found so far is evidence the PB pipe has been leaking for some time. Like other home owners, I bought my home in 2017. At that time, I no knowledge of PB piping or the class action suit active at that time was disclosed.

  43. I too would like to join have had several leakes with these pipes, especially in the last couple of years. Was never aware of any previous lawsuite(s) is there an active lawsuit that I can join.

  44. We would like to join a class action lawsuits as well. Our home was built in 1990 and has the. PB pipes and we have a leak

  45. Obviously Polybutyl piping has caused a great deal of suffering for homeowners in the past and continues to this day to cause significant problems. We need a new series of lawsuits to help out those affected by manufacturers and builders who sold and used this material and left innocent people holding the bag for their mistake.

  46. I would like to join a class action lawsuit. Our house was built in 1994, apparently they used the PB piping for our water main but copper for the inside of the house. We just had it repaired due to a leak in the yard…we are approx 140 ft from the road and this all should be replaced to avoid additional water leaks and expenses in the future.

  47. I would join a class action also we bought a home in 2019 have had 4 leaks 2 were line bursts 1 in august that ran all day while we worked 53,000 in damages we were just about to get our kitchen back after4 months and another pipe burst in the ceiling.cabinets are now on hold we must repipe.

  48. Yes , I have had my Polybutylene water pipe replaced years ago and had to pay a lot of money for replacement. I have not heard from anyone about reimbursement after
    joining the class action lawsuit. I have a Ref..number (714366) when i called but no follow-up information.

  49. I would like to join the lawsuit. The house was built in 1978. I bought it in 1998. There have been 4 leaks in the last 10 years.

  50. I would like to join a lawsuit. We had our house repiped recently due to leaks in the polybutylene pipes. It cost $11,520 plus expense for all the drywall repair.

  51. I would like to join the lawsuit. We did not know when we bought our house of this piping and we have had several leaks. I am experiencing a current leak now, that ruined my floors and dry wall.

  52. At my primary residence I have just discovered severe leaks that have damaged all floor joist, serious mold problem, main beam and sill plate, I would like to join the class action lawsuit. I own a few other rental houses that probably have the same problem.

  53. I am paying $2900.00 today to fix a pinhole leak between the water meter and my condo. The first plumbing company whose $1800.00 estimate I accepted, could not repair the leak. They had to call an L.A. plumbing company who charged an additional $1100.00. I have owned the condo since 1976 and have not had any work done to the outside underground pipes. I did have to have the interior recipe about 7 years ago due to multiple leaks, mold, floor and wall damage for a total of over $10,000.00. I would like to join a class action lawsuit!

  54. I have these pipes and have had several leaks. I can’t afford to replumb my whole house in one sitting. I’m having to do it piece by piece, costing me tons in the process. How can i be compensated from this class action lawsuit?

  55. I would like to join a class-action lawsuit. Had no knowledge about the previous class action lawsuit and was unable to benefit from it.

  56. I am experiencing pipe burst weekly under my home. This is just not fair to all of us who have experienced this after the lawsuit has expired. How can we /I move forward with getting my home and plumbing fixed and the pipemakers expense and not mine… we are talking $10,000.00.???

  57. we have had multi leak which have destroyed our bathrooms in both rooms to where we got one toilet fixed had to cut thought the sub flooring to reach it the other bathroom we cant use , the sinks and cabinets. are destroy in both bathroom and this piping has cost us a lost of use of our bathroom, so time we were gone and the carpet and wood under it were water logged, i would also like to be added to any class action lawsuit . or like to find out who we can turn to for help we are older people and dont hae the money to fix all this mess………

  58. House built in Aug. 1993 and the Main Water Supply Line burst yesterday (blue poly pipe.) Mostly under concrete so a new line must be pulled. $10,000 to replace. No trees nearby so roots not a cause.
    Homeowners need s recourse for premature failures.

  59. 2nd leak in MB bath. Rotted the subfloor and framing under the shower. Black mold in walls and crawlspace. Built in 1984 with gray Polybutylene Pipe. Hope there is a new case.

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