Poly-B Piping

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Does Your Home Have Poly-B Piping?

Was your home built between the early 1970s to mid-1990s? It may contain Poly-B pipe systems. At the time, these systems were considered to be better and cheaper alternatives to traditional copper piping. However, Poly-B has proven to be less durable and reliable than copper tubes.

Within ten years of installation, many homes with Poly-B waterline installations have suffered from:

  • Visible leaks
  • Undetected leaks that lead to mold in the home’s drywall
  • Flooding and water damage
  • Increases in insurance premiums
  • Cancelled insurance coverage

Check Your Home for Poly-B

If you want to do a quick scan for Poly-B in your BC home, try these initial steps:

  • Figure out how old your home is. If it was built before 1974 or after 1995, you aren’t likely to have Poly-B piping.
  • Look under the sink, near your hot water tank, or close to your water main shut off. Poly-B is grey or black in colour, plastic, and somewhat flexible.
  • Figure out how old your home is. If it was built before 1974 or after 1995, you aren’t likely to have Poly-B piping.
  • Look under the sink, near your hot water tank, or close to your water main shut off. Poly-B is grey or black in colour, plastic, and somewhat flexible.

Should you find Poly-B in your home, you will need to determine when the pipes were installed and where potential breakage points may be.

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I’ve Assessed My Plumbing and Have Poly-B Pipes. Now What?

If you find Poly-B piping, the next step is to figure out if your pipes meet the National Building Code of Canada’s current standards. Homeowners with pipes that meet the criteria won’t need to do anything except ensure any Poly-B lines aren’t connected to water heaters.

To meet current Code standards, pipes must have the CSA standard number “B 137.8”, the word “POTABLE,” a date code, a material designation (PB2110), and the piping manufacturers identifying mark. It should also have a pressure rating of 690 kPa @ 82ºC or 100 psi @ 180ºF.

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Still Unsure? We Can Help

Our qualified technicians can help advise BC homeowners on various options. Our goal is to help you remedy the situation economically so that you can protect your home from failed equipment and costly leaks.