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Poly B Pipes in Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam Plumbing Services

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With a longstanding history of providing plumbing services in Port Coquitlam, the Lillie Family Heating & Plumbing Company is able to provide dependable and friendly service that is reliable and professional. Our servicemen have the industry training and experience needed to complete a wide assortment of plumbing installations, replacements, repairs, and maintenance tasks. In particular, our company staff prides itself on our ability to keep our customers comfortable and safe in their homes and businesses.

What You Should Know about Poly-B Pipes

Polybutylene plastic pipes, also referred to as Poly-B pipes, have become a recent concern within the Port Coquitlam community during the last few years. This type of piping is no longer actively installed, but it does still exist in many homes and office buildings. Unfortunately, Poly-B piping was lightweight, easy-to-install, and incredibly inexpensive. As a result, it was used consistently for plumbing installations throughout much of British Columbia between the years 1978 to 1995.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Poly B Pipes in Homes Located in Port Coquitlam

If your home has Poly B pipes, you could be looking at each of the following problems:

    • Leaks
    • Flooding
    • Undetected leaks leading to mold in your drywall
    • Increases in your insurance premiums
    • Cancelled coverage for your home
    • Difficulty selling your home

How Do You Know If Your Home Has Poly B Pipes?

Don't worry if you aren't sure whether or not you have poly B pipes in your home, because you can just use the following steps to figure it out.

    • Check to see if your home was built prior to 1974. Typically, only homes built between 1978 and 1995 have this type of pipe inside of them.
    • Do a visual examination of existing water pipes that are easy to see. Poly-B piping is grey or black and flexible. The best places to look include underneath the kitchen sink, near the hot water tank or water meter, main water shut off, and underneath the lavatory sink and in the water closet.
    • Check to see if your home uses circulating hot water heating that might use Poly B pipes.

What You Should Do If Your Home Has Poly-B Piping?

If your pipes meet the standards set forth by the National Building Code of Canada, you don't need to do anything, except make sure these pipes are not directly connected to a hot water heater. In order to meet these standards, your Poly-B pipes should include each of the following:

    • The CSA standard number "B 137.8".
    • The word "POTABLE" (validates the safety of using the piping for potable water supplies).
    • The piping manufacturer's identification mark.
    • A date code.
    • A material designation (PB2110)
    • A pressure rating of 690 kPa @ 82ºC or 100 psi @ 180ºF.

Our technicians are fully qualified to complete this check for you if you prefer not to do it yourself. If we identify any problematic issues in your Port Coquitlam home, we will advise you of the options you have to remedy the situation.