You may have Polybutylene or Poly B pipe in your home. This grey pipe was manufactured for water supply in residential homes from 1978 to 1998. Unfortunately Poly B is known for splitting, fracturing and causing major water damage. The molecular bond in the pipe is known to fail. Poly B is no longer used in new construction and in some cases insurance companies may refuse coverage for water damage if the home has Poly B piping. This is causing many to have to replace the water supply lines in their homes if they have Poly B.
The pipe readily used now is called Pex. This pipe is cost effective, flexible and most importantly durable. Pex is environmentally friendly, easy to install, flexible, strong and has proven long-term reliability. It is also chemical resistant and has a greater tolerance to high pressure and temperature.
We can provide you with a free, on-site quote to replace all the Poly B pipe in your home. Our work will cause the least amount of drywall damage possible. Typically the pipe replacement can be complete in a few days.
If you have Poly B piping in your home and you are considering replacing it call Paul at PMC Plumbing for a free, no obligation quote!
During this pandemic you may have a little extra time on your hands. Have a look at the floor around the toilets in your home. Is there water or signs of water damage? Here are a couple things you can do yourself!
1. Check the toilet bolts that secure the toilet to the floor. Are they loose? Does the toilet rock or twist easily? These bolts hold your toilet firmly to the floor. When they are loose the seal around the base of your toilet can break causing a leak. Try repositioning the toilet, center it and tighten these bolts. If they spin or are broken you can get new ones at your local hardware store.
2. If the toilet bolts appear to be in good order and are tight. Next check the wax seal. Your local hardware store should have wax seals. Quick steps to change the wax seal: – Turn the water off to the toilet – Flush the water out of the toilet – Soak up or vacuum remaining water with wet vac – Remove nuts holding toilet to the floor – Disconnect the water supply – Rock the toilet back and forth – Remove the old seal with a rag – Place new seal over the flange – Place the toilet back on top of the flange/seal and push down firmly. – Replace the nuts and reconnect the water – Turn the water on and refill the tank – Flush the toilet and watch for any leaks
As always, if your having troubles and the toilet is rocking or still leaking and you can’t get it just right…. #callpaulhelovesthisstuff