Commercial Poly B Replacements
Replacing Poly B Piping Across Kelowna & The Okanagan
Do you know if your commercial facility has poly B pipes? Read on to learn whether you have poly B pipes and why it matters.
What Is Poly B Piping?
Polybutylene piping, more commonly known as poly B piping, is a type of plastic plumbing pipe that was commonly used in residential and commercial plumbing systems from the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. It gained popularity due to its relatively low cost and ease of installation. However, as the years went on, it became evident that poly B was not a suitable material for plumbing. Poly B pipes break down and leak regularly, leaving business owners and homeowners dealing with severe damages and costly repairs.
Do I Have To Get My Poly B Pipes Replaced?
It’s ultimately up to you, but we highly recommend getting poly B pipes replaced immediately in order to save yourself money, time, and stress in the long term. Many commercial properties still have poly B pipes that are functional, but it is just a matter of time until these pipes fail, leaving you with a lot of water damage and significant repair costs. Need another good reason to replace your poly B pipes? Most insurance companies will not cover buildings that have poly B pipes because of their reputation for causing damage (and those that do cover poly Bs will charge you a hefty premium).
Poly B pipes are usually made of grey or blue coloured plastic. The easiest way to find poly B in your building is to check the pipes under sinks and near water heaters and see if they fit the description. If you think you may have poly B pipes, contact Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling to have us confirm your suspicion and replace them with more reliable pipes as soon as possible.
When Was Poly B Used In BC?
Poly B piping was commonly used in British Columbia during the same time frame as it was used in other parts of North America. It became popular in the late 1970s and was used in residential and commercial plumbing systems throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. However, as concerns about its reliability and durability emerged, its use began to decline in the mid-1990s. In 1997, poly B was banned by the National Plumbing Code and in 2005 the Government of Canada officially removed it from the list of approved plumbing materials.
Many commercial property owners in British Columbia with poly B piping have since replaced it with alternative plumbing materials like copper or PEX due to the issues associated with Poly B pipes. However, there are still plenty of properties that still have poly B pipes that haven’t been addressed. If you have concerns about Poly B piping in your business or commercial space, consult with a plumbing professional for an assessment and potential replacement options.
Understanding The Costs Of Commercial Poly B Replacement
The expense associated with replacing poly B pipes can fluctuate based on various factors, such as the extent of piping replacement required, the choice of replacement materials, and the intricacy of the installation process. At Vision Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we prioritize transparency in pricing. Feel free to reach out to us for a cost estimate by sharing essential details about your commercial poly B replacement project. We’ll provide you with a reliable approximation of the expected expenses.
Not sure if you have poly B pipes or not? We can help you there, too! Give us a call, and we’ll send an experienced plumber to come to your property to perform an inspection. We will determine whether or not you have poly B pipes and, if you do, we’ll assess the situation and let you know your options for replacement, give you professional recommendations, and help you determine the best next steps.
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