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Poly-B Pipes2022-03-17T19:47:30+00:00

If your house was built between 1975-1998 there is a possibility you have Poly B water lines. Why is Poly B a problem? Polybutylene piping, known as Poly B, is no longer an acceptable material for water lines. Poly B is a grey plastic pipe that is known to degrade, crack, and split causing severe leaks. Most of the houses we’ve seen with Poly B in Calgary were built between 1985-1997. If you have Poly B piping in your home, or if you are unsure if you do, we can help assess your piping and help you replace these lines in your home quickly and efficiently.

Contact 180 Plumbing & Heating today to book a consultation.

Issues With Poly-B Piping in Your Home

  • No longer covered by many home insurance providers due to a history of frequent and severe leaks.
  • Poly-B plastic pipes can react to oxidants and disinfectants in the water, like chlorine. This causes scaling and flaking that creates fractures in the pipes, eventually causing them to leak or burst.
  • Poly-B pipes often leak in high-temperature areas (such as hot water tanks or above furnaces).
  • Improperly installed fittings cause leaks in Poly-B pipes (installed too tightly causing cracks, or use of improper fittings).

What To Do If You Have Polybutylene Plumbing In Your Home

Assess Your Pipes With a Professional Plumber

Submit an inquiry to 180 Plumbing & Heating so we can assess your pipes and evaluate their integrity. It can be costly to replace all of the Poly-B piping in your home, but the alternative of waiting and having a leak or pipe burst will result in a much larger hassle and cost to you. A pipe burst can cause costly damage to your property, but there are other risks to consider such as unseen leaks. Water can pool in walls and ceilings causing harmful mold to grow. For the health and safety of your family, if you see water stains or leaks, it’s time to have your pipes inspected.

While it is possible to sell a home with Poly-B piping, it is considered a significant risk and is usually noted as a high priority issue on a home inspection which can bring your property value down. It’s a great investment for your home safety and improved home value to replace polybutylene plumbing in your home.

Replace Your Poly-B Piping With a Trusted Calgary Plumber

We Are Ready to Assess, Repair and (if necessary) Replace Your Piping

If you have Poly-B plumbing in your home, get in touch with 180 Plumbing & Heating today so you can resolve this plumbing issue without delay. We will be happy to provide you with a quote that reflects all of the costs and explain the replacement process so you understand every step involved in this project.

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Poly-B Pipe Replacement

Is there a lawsuit or reimbursement for Poly-B plumbing?2022-03-17T19:47:05+00:00

Unfortunately, reimbursements are no longer available through a lawsuit or insurance in Canada. There have been previous lawsuits and partial compensation for the faulty plumbing materials, but those programs have since closed.

However, do check out our Government Incentive Programs Guide and our Current Plumbing Promotions.

How much does Poly-B plumbing replacement cost?2022-03-17T19:45:28+00:00

The cost of replacing Poly-B plumbing can vary greatly depending on the amount of piping throughout the home and if the removal of drywall, ceilings, or flooring is required to access the pipes.

To accurately understand the costs to remove polybutylene from your home, contact us to arrange a consultation.

Is Poly-B piping the same as PEX piping?2022-03-17T19:44:35+00:00

No, PEX is short for “cross-linked polyethylene,” which is a different type of plastic than Poly B (polybutylene). PEX is a higher quality plastic pipe that can be used safely within your home. It can withstand heat, pressure, and chemicals better than Poly B piping.

What does Poly-B Piping Look Like?2022-03-17T19:44:14+00:00

Polybutylene piping is a flexible pipe typically in a light gray colour. If you look along the pipe, often it will be stamped with “poly B potable,” ”CSA-B 137.8.” or “PB2110.” Check exposed pipes in your home under the sink, connected to appliances, or in the ceiling of an unfinished basement. Keep in mind that not all plastic piping is Poly B, you might have PEX plastic piping which is typically white or translucent.