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If you need help assessing your pipes, or if you suspect there may be a damaged Poly B pipe in a hard-to-reach area, our certified inspectors can give clarity on your home’s Poly B situation.
Not ready to replace all the piping in your home? No problem – we can replace sections of Poly B pipe and show you how to manage the plumbing system until it’s ready for a full refit.
If you’re ready to replace all or some of the Poly B piping in your home, we’ve got a team of expert technicians that’s ready to help you do it.
We’ll get the job done right no matter what, and if anything happens, we’ll be responsible for it.
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When you hire us, you can be confident that you’re getting the skills and service you expect.
From assessing it to working with it, our technicians know the ins and outs of Poly B piping.
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The cost of replacing your pipes depends on the size of your house, the number of fixtures you have, and how easy it is to access your plumbing. If there’s existing water damage, like mold or rotted wood, then repairing those issues will increase your costs too.
But it’s a lot less than years of increased insurance premiums or, worse yet, a serious pipe failure.
If your home was built around the mid 70s to late 90s, it probably has Poly B pipes in it. Back then, it was a fast, affordable alternative to copper piping. But today we know that its lower price came at the cost of durability and longevity.
Poly B pipes can be easily recognized by their bluish-grey colour. They also often – but not always – have a code printed on the side of them which includes the letters PB.
If you need help assessing your pipes, or if you suspect there may be a damaged Poly B pipe in a hard-to-reach area, the certified inspectors on the Hillcrest team can give you a clear picture of your home’s Poly B situation.
Spotted signs of damage in your Poly B pipes, but aren’t ready to replace all the piping in your home? No problem – we can swap out the damaged pipes and show you how to manage the remaining Poly B pipes until you’re ready to replace them.
If you’re ready to replace all the Poly B piping in your home, we’ve got a team of expert technicians that’s ready to help you do it. With our high-quality, code-approved PEX pipes, you get plumbing that you can count on to last a lifetime.
There are a few things you can do:
Replace plastic fittings with copper fittings
Compared to copper, plastic typically becomes more weak and brittle over time, which can result in leaks.
Lower your home’s water pressure
One of our plumbers, or a plumber near you, can use an existing valve or install a new pressure-control value to lower your home’s water pressure. Lower water pressure – at or below 100 psi – means less stress on the pipes and joints in your home’s plumbing system.
Install a chlorine filter
Although it isn’t common in Canada, if the water in your area has chlorine levels higher than 2 ppm, you may want to have a plumber install a chlorine filter where water enters your home. The reduced chlorine levels can help slow the degradation of your Poly B pipes.
Reduce your home’s water temperature
High heat also contributes to the breakdown of Poly B piping. To prevent that, it’s recommended that you keep your water temperatures below 82 degrees celsius, but no lower than 55 degrees celsius (otherwise bacteria may begin to grow in your hot water tank).
In most cases, no, it won’t, although most already charge a higher rate to account for the risk from Poly B, and some are giving advance warning that they won’t proceed with policy renewal in the future if the Poly B pipes aren’t replaced.
Even if your Poly B pipes look fine, it’s still a good idea to change them if you can. Why? Because Poly B pipes degrade from the inside out, so they don’t show signs of damage until they’re very close to failing.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating remains committed to serving the communities of the Lower Mainland. Based on recommendations from provincial and federal health authorities, we have made some changes to the way we provide service during onsite calls and at our retail store to ensure the health of our customers, technicians, and the communities they live in.
Updates to our business hours and level of service will continue to be provided through our website and social media accounts, and our 24-hour emergency hotline can be called for urgent plumbing and heating repairs at (604) 879-1415.
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