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.

Commercial poly b replacement in progress by Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling

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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Kaylyn RobinsonKaylyn Robinson
15:13 14 Dec 23
Highly recommend this company. After contacting numerous plumbing companies, and having a couple no-shows and getting the run around, I reached out to Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling. The booking process was easy, they showed up on time, and Esteban (the technician) was very friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. I will certainly use this company again, should I need them in the future.
16:28 12 Dec 23
I used vission plumbing for few jobs in my house. Vision plumbing team is awesome. The house is old and I had to change and fix many things, from changing pipes to fixing bath overflow and installing dishwasher. Vision team helped me with all that. I had hired, unfortunately, another company (Bee's knees plumbing and heating) to install furnace and they did so wrong that I had flood in my basement for a month. I called again Dave, they came, found problem and fixed everything for me. I am definitely taking this company for any future jobs that I will have in the house. I trust them and I know I won't have any problems after they leave. Dave is amazing. For any issue he explained me what is going on and how they can fix that. Every worker from vision was very profesional and respectful. Great job vision team!!!
Roy AndersonRoy Anderson
22:22 11 Dec 23
Jeff came as a follow up visit and didn’t take long to diagnose the problem and find a solution. Fireplace now operating efficiently, Thank you!
Graham BenderGraham Bender
00:17 01 Dec 23
Problem solved quickly and then offered to do another small job because of minimum one hour charge. That is extraordinary.
Junya NakamuraJunya Nakamura
16:10 30 Nov 23
Contacted with them and had responses right away. Had choice of 7am!! Or 3 pm and picked 7pm. Tech: Esteban showed up on time, fixed the problem. Explained about his work and cost. Employing good employees must be good company. They also do commercial work, they did some of the work at my restaurant and again I had no issue at all and did great job!! Highly recommended!!
That FarmThat Farm
04:15 18 Nov 23
Levi expertly tuned up the Natgas fireplace. Excellent work!! Timely and professional. Thank you.
Joanna FoxJoanna Fox
19:22 16 Nov 23
The BEST customer service and knowledgeable maintenance. Thank you Jeff, we are so happy to have our gas fireplace up and running again! ♡ Highly recommend!!!
Barb MacWilliamsBarb MacWilliams
06:58 08 Nov 23
Very happy with Jeff’s work on my old fireplace which needed cleaning and maintenance. Excellent communication and explanation of how things worked and what he was doing.
Brad KoppBrad Kopp
01:49 04 Nov 23
I have used Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling twice in the last six months, once to fix the condenser on the A/C and today to fix the furnace. They are a very responsive and professional company. I arrived home a few nights ago to find the house was an ice box as the furnace was not working. I called Vision the next day and within 24hrs they had a technician on site. His name was Jeff and he was a pleasure to deal with. He removed the motor on the furnace and showed me the source of the problem - two birds had gotten in through the exhaust vent and clogged the system so it shut itself down. He cleaned out the motor, reinstalled it and answered all of my questions. The charges were very reasonable for an hour of time spent at our home to fix the issue. I had a similar great experience with their technician in the summer time. I used Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling as prior to them I had used one of their competitors, Border Plumbing, and the experience was brutal. They sent a technician to diagnose a noisy water pipe in our mechanical room. The tech was onsite for 25min and he told me the problem was in the irrigation line, which I already knew. Then he was done and I got a bill for twice as much as what Vision charged, but Vision actually spent an hour to fix something. Border told me after the first 15min the price goes up, and in response to the negative review I wrote, they said that the technician had to drive for ~50min to get to our place, so they allocated one hour and 17 minutes to the service call, hence the charge. Jeff from Vision had to drive to our place in Kelowna from West Kelowna, spent an hour at the house, fixed a real issue with our furnace, and Vision charged half as much. Use Vision.
Valerie MarshinewValerie Marshinew
01:12 03 Nov 23
We had work done on our plumbing manifolds and most valves in our house . Although Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling were the most second most expensive of the four plumbing quotes we chose them. Michelle was terrific to deal with in the phone being very professional and friendly. On the day of the work Alex and Keenan arrived on time. Both were professional and courteous. They were very helpful and ensured we understood the work being performed and answered all of our questions. I give this company 5/5 for their service performed and I would hire them again. Thank You.Rick & Val MarshinewKelowna, BC
Abe GalAbe Gal
18:14 29 Oct 23
We had Jeff sevicing an oldish fireplace that would not start.We appriciate his vast experience and knowledge , fireplaceworks perfectly now. Cost was fair also. Abe
kevin tomaszewskikevin tomaszewski
01:37 24 Oct 23
I had a plumbing emergency spring up overnight and had to shut off the water supply to the house. They were able to make room for me in their busy schedule the next day and made the repairs I needed in a quick and timely manner. I would recommend Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling to anyone seeking plumbing services, in fact l am going to call them up for a larger job I've been planning for next year.
Shelah PansegrauShelah Pansegrau
23:12 23 Aug 23
Visions had excellent customer service and communication from the outset. Within two days of my request, Jeff came to diagnose and repair the pool heater. He is knowledgeable and respectful, thoroughly explaining the problem while repairing the heater. Thanks Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling!
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