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!
Hello! We sure hope everyone is staying heathy during these difficult times. We thought we would bring you a few plumbing related things that you could do to help make sure your home plumbing stays safe and runs well.
First, there are shutoffs under most sinks, on your dishwasher, on each toilet, the top of your hot water tank and at the main waterline coming into your house. Try to turn them all on and off a few times to make sure they operate incase you need to shut them off in a hurry. This is something we should all do once a year anyways. With our hard water they can build up calcium over time and may not work when you need them to.
Second, make sure that your Carbon Monoxide detectors are working properly and are up to date as they do have an expiry date on them. As we all spend more time in our homes it is especially important to make sure we are on top of these things. Smoke alarms should also be tested.
Fourth, if you think your toilet is leaking you can add food colouring to the tank. Watch to see if it drains the colour into the bowl over time. If there is a leak it is likely the flapper. This can be easily replaced and will save you water.
As always, if you have any problems, give Paul a call …he loves this stuff!