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Poly B™ Plumbing & Replacement in Kelowna & Vernon, BC

Looking to replace your outdated and problematic Poly B pipes in Kelowna or Vernon, British Columbia? You’re not alone. Many homeowners in Canada are opting to replace their Poly B piping systems with a more durable and reliable alternative.

What is Poly B™ piping?

Poly B™ piping — short for polybutylene piping — is a type of plastic plumbing pipe that was widely used in commercial & residential plumbing systems from the 1970s to the mid-1990s. It gained popularity as a cheaper alternative to copper piping, which was more expensive at the time.

Poly B™ pipes are made from a flexible plastic material known as polybutylene, which is resistant to corrosion and boasts a high heat resistance. Its flexibility makes it easier to install in tight spaces, reducing installation time and costs.

Distinct colors of Poly B™ piping include gray for interior plumbing and blue for exterior water service lines. Poly B pipes typically have copper or brass fittings, though some systems were installed with plastic fittings. It was commonly found in locations such as water meters, underneath sinks, and behind walls.

Despite its initial popularity, Poly B™ piping has significant drawbacks that led to its banning in new homes & buildings in Canada in 2005 (National Plumbing Code of Canada).

Problems With Poly B Plumbing

Poly B plumbing now has a negative reputation in the plumbing industry. Despite its initial popularity for being cost-effective and easy to install, there are numerous problems associated with Poly B plumbing.

  • Poly B pipes are not compatible with chlorine and other chemicals commonly found in water supplies. High chlorine levels can cause the pipes to become brittle and deteriorate, resulting in leaks, bursts, and water damage to homes.
  • Hot water can weaken polybutylene pipe, leading to cracks and leaks near your hot water tank or water heater.
  • Tight fittings can stress poly-B pipes. Acetal pipe fittings were commonly used with poly-B in the 70’s and have been found to contribute to unexpected leaks and failures.
  • Poly-B plastic pipes are not very flexible. Bending poly-B pipes too much can cause them to crack or break, leading to leaks.
  • The life expectancy of poly-B piping is shorter than copper. Water leaks typically start to occur after 10 to 15 years of use, which can result in costly repairs and water damage to homes.

Due to the numerous problems, most insurance companies charge an annual premium for homes with Poly-B.

Many homeowners opt to replace poly-B piping with alternative materials like copper or PEX piping.

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Solutions for Poly-B Pipe Replacement

If you are considering replacing replacing polybutylene pipes in your home, there are three main options to choose from: copper pipes, PEX pipes, and PVC-CPVC pipes.

Copper pipes with brass fittings are a popular choice due to their durability and long lifespan. Copper is a corrosion resistant material that can withstand high water pressure. One drawback of copper pipes is that they can impart a metallic taste to your water, especially if water has been sitting in the pipes for a while.

PEX pipes are one of the most popular replacement options for Poly-B pipes. They are highly flexible, resistant to freeze damage and don’t require soldering, making them a convenient and easy to install option. Since UV rays can damage PEX pipes, they’re not suitable for outdoor use, and they may not be the best choice for areas with extremely high water temperatures.

PVC-CPVC pipes are known for their temperature resistance and affordability. They are commonly used for hot and cold water supply systems. However, PVC-CPVC pipes are not as strong as metal pipes and they may be prone to cracking or breaking under certain conditions.

If you’d like to speak with a professional plumber to help you make an informed decision, call Roto-Rooter Canada or book an appointment. We’ll walk you through your options and ensure a successful pipe replacement process.

Cost to Replace Poly-B Piping

The cost to replace Poly-B piping can vary depending on factors like the size of the property, the extent of the plumbing system, and the replacement material.

If you live in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, contact Roto-Rooter to assess your situation and get an accurate cost estimate to replace your home’s old Poly B pipes with a suitable material.

While the cost to replace polybutylene piping may be a significant investment, it is essential for the long-term structural integrity and functionality of the entire system – providing you with peace of mind, lower insurance premiums, and potentially avoiding costly home repairs in the future.

PEX Pipes Replacement Cost

PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) pipes are made from a specialized type of plastic that’s more flexible, durable, and corrosion resistant than Poly-B, making it a reliable and low cost choice for long-term use.

PEX plastic is a good thermal insulator, which makes your house & hot water heater more energy efficient by keeping hot water hot as it flows through your pipes. PEX plastic pipe systems also reduce noise from high pressure water flow to keep your home quiet and comfortable.

Unlike rigid copper pipes, PEX pipes can be easily bent and maneuvered around corners, making installation fast and simple.

The total cost of replacing Poly-B with PEX pipes can vary depending on the size of your home, the number of fixtures, and any specific requirements unique to your plumbing system. Homeowners typically spend between $2,500 to $10,000+ to replace Poly-B with PEX, which includes the materials needed, labor costs, and any additional work required, such as removing the old pipes.

Copper Pipes Replacement Cost

Copper pipes have been a staple in plumbing systems for decades and are known for durability, reliability, and excellent heat conductivity.

Copper pipes are also corrosion resistant, low maintenance, and recyclable.

The cost of replacing Poly B pipes with copper pipes can vary depending on various factors such as the size of your home, the number of bathrooms, and the complexity of your plumbing system. On average, the cost for residential houses with 2 to 3 bathrooms ranges from $3,000 to $18,000 or more.

While the cost of replacing Poly B pipes with copper pipes may be higher than PEX, the durability and longevity of copper pipes make them a worthwhile investment for your residential plumbing system.

Poly B Replacement Kelowna

Tired of living with unreliable Poly B™ piping? Ready to make an investment that increases your property value?

Join countless homeowners in West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country, and Vernon, BC, who have made the smart choice to upgrade their plumbing systems. Our local plumbers at Roto-Rooter have decades of combined experience and are ready to transform your home’s plumbing system.

Don’t wait for a Poly B™ plumbing disaster to strike. Your home deserves the best. Our licensed plumbers are here to offer a smooth and precise pipe replacement project.

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Why Choose Roto-Rooter?

  • Experience You Can Trust: With years of service in the Okanagan, we understand the unique challenges that Poly B™ plumbing presents. Endorsed by over 240 glowing 5-star Google reviews, you can trust us to get the job done right.
  • Licensed Professionals: Our acclaimed team of licensed plumbers has the expertise to tackle any plumbing project, big or small. Your satisfaction and safety are our top priorities.
  • Peace of Mind: Say goodbye to the worries of leaks, bursts, and costly repairs. Our plumbing company offers proven solutions that will stand the test of time.

Contact us today at 778-760-3792 or use our convenient online booking system.

Let’s discuss your options and provide you with a tailored solution that fits your needs and budget.

GP Lainsbury
GP Lainsbury
October 16, 2023
Friendly, efficient service. Too expensive, but everything is if you’re not living large
Ivo DS
Ivo DS
October 6, 2023
Our house needed a complete replacement of our poly B plumbing as we were getting pin hole leaks. I anticipated a major job, (it was) and lots of large holes in our walls and ceilings everywhere. To my surprise, Nathan and his crew were able to replace our complete house with minimal small holes. Nathan was professional, on time, and the price they quoted was the price we paid. Nathan answered all our questions and was attentive to our needs. They even did a great job cleaning after completing the work! Needless to say, I would recommend them!
Teresa Lotoski
Teresa Lotoski
October 5, 2023
Very professional and great customer service. Took extra care to get the job done properly. Would highly recommend Roto Rooter
Jamie Scribner
Jamie Scribner
September 21, 2023
Technician was polite and professional.
September 19, 2023
Booking appointment was easy, plumber arrived right on time I feel that the service provided was professional and thorough. Got the membership which saved me money immediately, as well as any service I might need in the next year. Preventative inspection of our sewer turned out to be timely intervention before a sewer back up. We now have piece of mind.
Karen Wolfe
Karen Wolfe
September 18, 2023
We have been working with RotoRooter for the past year in identifying and resolving drainage issues at our strata. Liam and team are amazing, and we have always been impressed on the responsiveness and quality of service.
Mike B
Mike B
September 18, 2023
Quality work, kind and professional technicians.I would recommend and I will hire them again for any plumbing work.