Polybutylene Piping Replacements

We are committed to delivering the highest quality in Poly-B replacement services. 


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




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Poly-B Replacements

In the spring of 1998, manufactures 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 overtime 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 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. 

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 being 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, the cost of a total replacement may be expensive. 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. 


Whether you need to either maintain or replace your existing Poly-B system, with 24 Hour Emergency Service, Express Plumbing and Heating will be with you every step of the way.

Shawn Groulx Express Plumbing and Heatin

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We are a locally based plumbing and heating company, serving the Central Alberta Area since 2012.
All of our Red Deer plumbers and heating technicians undergo a criminal record check, including a check in the vulnerable sector, as well as a driver’s abstract. 
Our first and foremost priority is to ensure all of our customers feel safe with all of our technicians, no matter what time of day. 


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A Full-Year Warranty on Material and Labor, from the Date of Installation.

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"So, Halloween day I put my son down for a nap, when I realized it felt chilly in the house. I walked over to check the temp when I realized my furnace wasn’t working! I had such amazing service last time I called Express, of course I called again, in a panic I may add. I sure wasn’t disappointed! Shawn was at my door in no time, fixed the problem AND made it out the door without even waking my son up from his nap! Absolutely the best service EVER. Thank-you so much, you have a customer for life!"

Jennifer Barry-Weatherley