BROWSE PLUMBING SERVICES
Polybutylene Piping Replacements
Delivering the highest quality in Poly-B replacement services
In the spring of 1998, manufacturers ceased production of the Poly-B piping after their suppliers stopped production of the resin. One of the issues with Poly-B piping is that it may look fine from the outside, but over time the interior may begin to deteriorate after prolonged exposure to hot and/or chemically (chlorinated) treated water. This could lead to a fitting failure or a rupture of the piping. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if there is existing damage to the interior of the piping or the possible remaining life expectancy.
Since the damages to the piping typically originate from the inside, and with an average life expectancy of 10-15 years from the date of install, we generally recommend the replacement of all the Poly-B lines with Pex. Since Pex piping has a higher pressure limit, tolerance to heat and resistance to corrosion, makes it more superior then Poly-B.
Do you know what type of plumbing is in your home?
Was your home built between 1975 and 1998, and hasn’t undergone any substantial renovations? Then you may have Polybutylene (Poly-B) piping. With main characteristics of Poly-B piping being grey in colour with either plastic fittings of the same colour or copper/brass fittings, it is very easy to distinguish
After the imperfections of Poly-B piping became more common knowledge, home insurance for properties containing Poly-B became more difficult to obtain due to the high risk of failure that this piping was susceptible to. Since obtaining home insurance when you have Poly-B is an issue, it may also deter potential home buyers, as Poly-B is no longer a CSA-approved building material.
As a result of Poly-B piping being used to supply all fixtures within a home, a complete replacement may be an extensive project. But, not only are you investing in your homes resale value, you are providing yourself with peace of mind with reducing the risks of potential leaks and ruptures causing potentially significant damage.
Call us at 403-356-1111 to chat with a customer service representative to work out a solution to ensure that your home is Poly-B free.
I was so sick and tired of repairing the Poly B piping in our house. I asked Express Plumbing for a quote to replace all the pipe work in the house plus add a back flow preventer and a new water heater. Very prompt reply and great quote followed. We booked them in. They arrived as scheduled and did an excellent job. We were very impressed with their service. If ever I need a plumber again I will call them for sure. I highly recommend them for all your plumbing needs.
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