Poly B piping, or Polybutylene piping, was installed in many homes throughout the late 1970s to mid-90s and is problematic for home owners. Unexpected issues are surfacing, and furthermore, home insurance industries, like BCAA, are making changes to insurance policies related to this type of plumbing in homes.

Insurance companies are seeing an increase to the number and cost of water damage claims—and the insurance industry is increasing the deductible for these claims.

Why is Poly B a risk?

Poly B has the probability of failure, causing problems like leaks, mold, hairline cracks, in-home flooding, poor water quality (irregular water pressures and chemical sensitivities, like chlorine and mineral levels), loose fittings (poor installment by plumbers), and more.

What should you do if you have Poly B piping

If you have problems with your Poly B piping—such as hairline cracks—you can simply repair your Poly B, however, this definitely is the band-aid solution. You should replace your piping altogether. By doing this, you will end up saving thousands of dollars, and ensure that a small problem does not turn into a large and stressful one.

Have questions about replacing your Poly B piping? Get in touch by emailing JJ’s Plumbing at service@jjs.plumbing or call 604-479-2232.