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3 Common Mistakes People Have About Polybutylene Piping

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Polybutylene, otherwise known as ‘Poly­B’, is most common in homes from the late 70s to mid 90s and was used because it was inexpensive to buy and install. As time goes on, Poly-B deteriorates and can leak and cause flooding in the home if not replaced.

Learn more about Poly-B Replacement on our website.

The risks associated with Poly­B waterlines are flooding, increased insurance premiums, cancelled insurance coverage and costly deductibles, as well as mold infestations caused by undetected pinhole leaks within waterlines covered by drywall.

The more we talk to our customers, we learn that there are common mistakes or misconceptions about Poly-B. So, we’ve compiled this list to set the record straight.

  1. Replacing Poly-B is super expensive and hard to afford.

This is a common myth people have about Poly-B replacement. Replacing Poly-B is actually quite affordable, and definitely costs less than if you have a flood in your home to worry about! We know that it’s unfortunate to have to replace your pipes, but JJ’s Plumbing Experts will come up with an affordable solution for you: whether it’s replacing your pipes altogether, or repairing your existing pipes to prolong the lifespan of your Poly-B pipes until you can afford to replace them. Bottom line: there are affordable options and we can come up with one that works for you.

  1. Poly-B problems/leaks happen because of poor installation.

While it’s true that you want a good pipe installer (like us!), it isn’t typically the case that it’s the installation of Poly-B pipes that causes the leaks. Installation quality could contribute to leaks, but in most cases installation does not appear to be the primary cause. The most common reasons leaks occur are: the age of the pipes, water quality/chlorine levels and degeneration of piping.

  1. The Poly-B pipes in my home have lasted for nearly a decade, so they are just fine.

Thinking this way is just waiting for disaster to occur. Most of the time, it takes many years for Poly-B piping systems to leak or fail. Many leaks start to happen in 10-15 years from installation of the piping system, so if you’ve had them installed for a decade or longer, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement.

 

Do you have Poly-B piping and would like to know if you should have a replacement soon? Call us at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing and we’ll help you find out.

 

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Are you a Property Manager? Why JJ’s Plumbing Should be your Go-To Plumber

JJ’s Plumbing realizes that finding a reliable, knowledgeable, and cost efficient plumber can be hard to come by, especially being a property manager and wanting to go through the same plumbing company for your needs. JJ’s Plumbing offers reduced rates to property management companies to help successfully maintain your properties. Not only that, but we back all of our work with a one-year warranty on all workmanship.

Our team can assist with the plumbing, drain cleaning and Poly B replacement needs of one rental property or multiple properties anywhere in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Here are four main reasons (in no particular order, because they’re all important!) why you should choose JJ’s Plumbing as your go-to plumber:

  1. CERTIFIED We only have certified field technicians that keep up with the latest trends and project management techniques with ongoing training. You can trust that we have the expert knowledge you require.
  2. COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE — We are committed to producing results that can be depended on. We strive for excellence and are committed to making property managers’ jobs (and therefore, lives) easier.
  3. UP TO DATE WITH TECHNOLOGY — JJ’s Plumbing is current with the most recent plumbing technologies. We provide efficient services at a great price.
  4. GREEN INITIATIVES — We provide paperless billing, water conservation tips, and we ensure that all waste from projects get recycled.

As a property manager, you have enough work on your plate, and many unforeseen issues that pop up on a day-to-day basis. Working with JJ’s Plumbing as your go-to plumber, you’ll have the peace of mind you need to trust that problems will be tended to in an urgent and professional manner. We won’t let you down and we strive to be counted on by you.

We look forward to connecting with you. Call us now at 604-479-2232, email service@jjs.plumbing or fill out our online form and we’ll prove to be your go-to plumber.

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Do You Have Poly B Piping in Your Home?

Polybutylene pipe, otherwise known as Poly B piping, is a particular kind of piping that your home may be utilizing. One way you can tell is by looking under your sink, and if you see thin, grey piping, then that is Poly B. Poly B was used in hot water heating systems and in constructing new residential homes throughout North America, mainly during 1978-1998.

First designed as an economical alternative to copper piping, Poly B was used in many homes throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas.

So what’s the big problem with Poly B piping?

Answer: Poly B piping has an abnormally high rate of failure. Lately, we have had a number of clients call us, saying that their home insurance companies have sent letters informing them that they will not renew their insurance, if their homes have Poly B. Because Poly B often needs to be completely replaced within 8-11 years of being installed, most insurance policies no longer cover Poly B. If they do, a high deductible is required to receive that coverage.

Yes, Poly B piping was cheaper and easier to install, but this didn’t mean that this was beneficial in the long-run. Within 10 years of Poly B installations, real-life horror stories started to surface, resulting in needing new piping to be installed.

Some of the repercussions of your house having Poly B piping are:

  • Leaks
  • Hairline cracks
  • Poor installment by plumbers: loose fittings
  • Water quality: irregular water pressures & chemical sensitivities (chlorine and mineral levels)
  • Mold issues
  • In-home flooding
  • Age of the pipe and fittings: degeneration of pipe fittings.

Homes with Poly B pipes are not so great for resale, either. If you’re looking to buy a fixer upper or sell your family home, check the piping under the sink first!

If you know that you have Poly B piping and want it replaced, or are unsure and want to find out, call the JJ’s Plumbing Experts at 604-479-2232 or visit us at jjs.plumbing to fill out our online form and get in touch for your free no-obligation quote today!

For a limited time, we’re offering $100 off your Poly B pipe replacement! Book for your free quote today.

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Are You Experiencing Poly B Problem in Westwood Plateau?

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EXPERIENCING POLY B PROBLEMS IN WESTWOOD PLATEAU?

Polybutylene, more commonly known as Poly B piping, is the thin grey piping you see under your sink. Poly B was used in hot water heating systems and in constructing new residential homes throughout North America, mainly during 1978-1998.

Initially designed as an economical alternative to copper piping, Poly B was used in many homes throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas. Many of the homes in Westwood Plateau were constructed during the time period, when Poly B was at its’ peak.

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Because PB waterlines were cheap and easy to install, this meant faster processes, and savings of as much as 40%… during the short-run. Cheaper is not always better, especially when it comes to Poly B. Literal horror stories begin to surface, within 10 years of Poly B installations. Most often resulting in new pipes after much damage.

Experiences such as:

  • Leaks
  • Hairline cracks
  • Loose fittings
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Irregular water pressures
  • Mold issues
  • Pipes not properly being installed
  • In-home flooding

These problems especially wreaked havoc on homes in the Westwood Plateau region. By the early 2000’s, there were overwhelming amounts of lawsuits in place. These situations led to further challenges. Because Poly B is unpredictable and often needs to be completely replaced within 8-11 years of being installed, most insurance policies no longer cover Poly B. If they do, a high deductible is required to receive that coverage.

Homes with Poly B pipes are not so great for resale, either. If you’re looking to buy a fixer upper or sell your family home, more specifically, in the Westwood Plateau area – check the piping under the sink, first! If you have Poly B waterlines, and you can’t tell how old they are, give us a call at JJ’s Plumbing, we’re the Poly B Experts. We’ll provide you with a quote and honest recommendations. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.