Your home’s plumbing system plays a crucial role in determining the quality of water that flows from your faucet. Unfortunately, many home plumbing systems rely on polybutylene pipes, as they were commonly installed throughout the mid-1970s to the late 1990s. They have since been found to be prone to failure, causing leaks and water damage. If your home plumbing system relies on these ticking time bombs, make sure to reach out before it’s too late.

At Wentworth Plumbing, we recognize the importance of a dependable plumbing system. With years of experience in the industry, our expert team is equipped to deliver the services needed to safeguard your home. Don’t wait for plumbing issues to escalate; contact us today to schedule your polybutylene pipe replacement and secure your home against the damages caused by outdated plumbing.

Why Wentworth Poly B Plumbing?

Once popular for their affordability, polybutylene pipes are now known for their susceptibility to leaks and subsequent bans in 2005. They’re no longer accepted in modern builds due to their unreliability. If your home was built when Poly B pipes were commonly used, it’s essential to have them replaced to ensure the safety and integrity of your plumbing system.

Why You Need to Replace Poly B Pipes

The problem with polybutylene tubes used for indoor water lines lies in their tendency to rapidly flake, crack, and experience seam separation. Among the significant issues:

  • Fittings frequently split and crack, even when copper fittings are employed, as the underlying plastic can fracture.
  • They struggle to withstand the water pressure exerted by water lines.
  • Poly B pipes are highly susceptible to pinhole leaks as the plastic deteriorates.
  • They are prone to chemical damage from chlorine and degradation as city water flows through, leading to the leeching of harmful chemicals into drinking water.
  • Due to their ban, homes or businesses with Poly B may encounter difficulties in obtaining insurance coverage for plumbing leaks.

How Do I Identify Poly B Pipes in My Home?

If you’re uncertain whether your home has Poly B plumbing, you can check for several telltale signs:

  • Look for grey plastic pipes with copper, brass, or plastic fittings.
  • Check for stamped codes such as “PB2110,” “Poly-B Potable,” or “PB pipe” on the pipes.
  • Homes built between the mid-1970s and the late 1990s likely used Poly B plumbing, so if your home falls within this timeframe, there’s a high chance you have them.
  • Inspect for visible fittings where plastic pipes are joined with plastic or metal fittings.

Where Would I Find Poly B Pipes in My Home?

An estimated ten million homes have potentially catastrophic Poly B plumbing. When inspecting your home, carefully examine water and drain lines under sinks, in utility rooms, basements, and areas connected to hot water tanks, water meters, and shut-off valves. 

If you’re uncertain about your home or business’s drainage system but it predates 2005, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our professional plumbers at Wentworth Plumbing. We can schedule a service call with our trained plumbers to assist you.

Why Choose Wentworth Plumbing?

At Wentworth Plumbing, our team of professionals is equipped with the expertise and tools necessary to address all your plumbing needs. Serving Ontarians since 2006, we prioritize exceptional customer service, transparent communication, and skilled craftsmanship. You can rely on us to promptly and safely resolve any plumbing issues you encounter. Contact us today to discover more about our services or to schedule a service call with one of our licensed plumbers.