When you have unexpected water damage and low water pressure, there could be something up with your water supply or Poly B piping. You’ll need to invest in a piping replacement to restore water flow and ensure your home isn’t affected by water damage.

Keep reading as we discuss how much this piping system costs and what to expect during the replacement. This information will help ease the stress and ensure you’re prepared! To learn more about the process, contact us at Caldwell Plumbing – we are reliable, honest, and fully prepared to answer your questions!

 What Is Polybutylene Plumbing?

You’ll typically be able to spot Poly B piping by its distinctive grey pipes and copper connectors. Poly B piping is typical in homes built between 1978 and 1995 and used instead of copper piping because it’s cheaper.

The Poly B plumbing system is responsible for transporting hot and cold water throughout your home.  To know if your home has polybutylene plumbing, you should check under the tiles in your basement’s drop ceiling or in any areas with access to piping. Sometimes, you’ll need to deconstruct a wall to do this – but this is only necessary some of the time.

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Get My Poly B Replaced?

At our plumbing business, we are seeing more and more requests for maintenance and replacement for Poly B piping. Here are some of the signs that you need to invest in a new Poly B system:

  • Increased water flow – if your Poly B piping is not functioning properly, your water flow could become too powerful, resulting in leaks and flooding.
  • Decreased water pressure – if there is a leak in your Poly B piping, this could result in a decrease in your water pressure.
  • Water backup – the water from your pipes may cause a backup in the water meter should there be a blockage in your Poly B pipes.
  • Water damage – any leaks in your pipes could cause water damage to your property, damaging the building’s infrastructure.

As you can see, there are many issues you could have with your Poly B pipes that cause damage to your property and your plumbing system. Contact a plumber immediately if you see any signs that your piping is blocked or damaged. If you do notice any of the above signs, emergency plumbing services are available to help you access quick pipe repairs.

How to Replace Poly B Pipe

If your Poly B pipes are broken or damaged, you must replace them. It’s important to understand that you can’t fix Poly B pipes with repairs, as it can be pretty tricky to find the components. This is because Poly B plumbing is no longer installed in modern homes, so the manufacture of new parts for these kinds of systems is hard to come by. 

Replacing Poly B pipes is no DIY job – it’s likely best to a licensed plumber. Your plumber will cut holes into your wall to reveal the pipe system. They will then see your pipes, replace them, and seal them. To do this, they need to ensure no wiring systems in the wall and ensure precision and safety.

Since manufacturers stopped making Poly B pipes, your plumber will likely replace your piping with a newer type. Once they have finished replacing the pipes, your plumber will reseal the hole in your wall, restoring your home to its original condition.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Polybutylene Plumbing?

Knowing the replacement cost for your Poly B plumbing requires an evaluation of your home or business. The plumber needs to determine the scope of the job and how difficult it will be to saw into the wall. There can be wires, supporting beams, and other fixtures inside the wall that the plumber must cut around.

Since the number of obstructions will vary from house to house, the cost of your replacement will vary. To access a quote and evaluation for your pipe system, why not call us at Caldwell Plumbing? You can trust our reliable, certified, and experienced plumbers in Durham Region with your repairs and fair estimates!

Caldwell Plumbers Are Experts in Piping Replacement

When your polybutylene piping needs replacing, the only way to know how much it will cost is to evaluate it. Polybutylene piping is no longer installed in homes, so you’ll need to replace the piping with a different kind – and you won’t be able to access parts for repairs easily.

Caldwell Plumbers is experienced in replacing piping in all building types. So, whether you’re a business or a homeowner, you can rely on Caldwell Plumbing to replace your Poly B pipes. Give us a call today to receive your evaluation.  Proudly serving Oshawa and the entire Durham Region area for over 30 years.