The Dangers of Poly B Piping

The Dangers of Poly B Piping

In the 1980s, Polybutylene piping, also known as Poly B piping, was installed into many homes. It was a cheap plumbing option at the time but would cause problems down the line. From Beaumont Mechanical in Calgary, here are some of the dangers of leaving poly b pipes in your home. 

They cause serious water leaks

Poly B pipes were flexible, cost-effective and a seemingly good plumbing solution. However, over time, chemicals like chlorine would build up in the creases of the pipes, a chemical that doesn’t jive well with polybutylene. It causes the pipes to wear down, creates holes, and leads to leaks. Leaks are the most common issue that comes with Poly B pipes. They can cause severe water damage and lead to mould, wood rot, and expensive repairs. Replace your Poly B pipes as soon as possible, and ensure your home is safe from any water damage that may occur.

Insurance companies won’t cover the costs of damages

Once Poly B pipes became a liability, insurance companies stayed away. Poly B plumbing caused many lawsuits years ago, and home insurance policies do not like Poly B. Check your policy details regarding Poly B pipes. They might not cover damages due to leaks and could cause issues with a claim if you have future water damage.

Protect your home from water damage, and ensure your plumbing is compliant with your home insurance policy. A Poly B plumbing replacement is worth the investment. 

It’s more difficult to sell a house with Poly B 

Poly B pipes are a water risk, and issues will come up during home inspections when trying to sell, and it could turn buyers away. A homebuyer, unless looking for a fixer-upper, isn’t going to want to walk into a house sale knowing that they’ll have to do a major renovation off the get-go. Replacing Poly B plumbing will allow you to market its brand-new plumbing system and make it more attractive to buyers.  

Plumbers in Calgary

Beaumont Mechanical is a locally-owned and operated small business in Calgary, Alberta. Its mission is to provide high-quality and affordable plumbing, heating, and gas-fitting services to individual homeowners and businesses alike. 

For more information, check out Beaumont Mechanical today!

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