PB pipe


This is a general information question for anyone who might have an answer...
I have polybutylene pipe in my home. The house was built in 1991. SO FAR (as I know, anyway) I have not had any problems...BUT...Is there a possibility that I won't have any problems with this kind of pipe?
I currently live in Virginia but hail from New England (where copper is king) so have no real knowledge of what problems I may face in the future.
My understanding is the problems associated with this pipe is with the joints as opposed to the pipe itself.
Should I be proactive and get rid of this stuff or should I wait?
Thanks in advance.
Lynn
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know, anyway) I have not had any problems...BUT...Is there a possibility that I won't have any problems with this kind of pipe?

I would and did replace mine with PEX. I installed the PB myself using reusable fittings. I really liked it as I frequently make changes around this old farm house that did have galvanized pipes. All went well for many years, then I added a chlorinator in an attempt to make the water safer since a neighbor had built 10 huge chicken houses next door and my water started to test bad.
Some few years after that I started to get splits in the PB pipes. Not sure if it was the age or chlorine that caused the splits. After a few of those I replaced all the PB with PEX using the same reusable fittings that had been on the PB. Not had any more problems.
I read about the fittings/connectors being the problem but I think it is the PB tubing.
I think most people use a crimp on fitting system but I did not. I have never had a removable fitting fail, just the PB tubing but always near a fitting so may be the fitting is somehow damaging the tubing.
Roy
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