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Poly B Replacement Calgary

Many homeowners in the Calgary area have never heard of PEX or Poly B waterlines until a home inspector mentions it to them during a real estate transaction.

Here's the main difference to keep in mind between Poly B and PEX water lines:


Poly B is a flexible grey pipe that was popular between 1985 and 1997 and was installed over copper due to its low cost and ease of installation. However, Poly B has since been discontinued due to issues such as hairline cracks and major line failures.


On the other hand, PEX is a durable, cost-effective, and non-toxic solution that resists freezing damage and does not corrode. Its clear, opaque, red or blue appearance makes it easy to identify.

Does Your Home Have Poly-B Piping?

Determining whether your home has Poly-b plumbing can be an easy task if you know what to look for. To check for Poly-b piping, locate an area in your home where you can access some waterlines —this might be as simple as looking in your utility room or by removing a few tiles from the drop ceiling in your basement. Once you have a clear view of your home's water line piping, notice if the water lines are black, blue, and silvery gray colors. Black and silvery gray pipes were usually alternated for indoor and outdoor uses, while blue pipes were assigned to cold water. 


- If You Have Poly B Pipes -

We Can Help!

So Your Home Has Poly B Waterlines....

Poly B pipe replacement is highly recommended.


Poly B pipes can lead to significant water damage as the pipes can rupture, causing massive water damage. In some cases, Poly B pipe has had tiny pin-hole leaks that can go unnoticed for some time and cause mould behind walls, and even onto ceilings of your home. As most homeowners know, water damage can lead to costly repairs. However, what many homeowners may not be aware of is that some insurance companies are re-evaluating coverage on homes where Poly B is still installed.

Harper's Plumbing is able to help homeowners to replace their Poly B piping with more reliable and durable alternatives such as PEX or copper pipes. The process of replacing Poly B typically involves the removal of drywall, which can be a somewhat extensive procedure. 

Removal of Poly B pipes from your home can reduce the risk of potential leaks and water damage, and increase the overall value and potential ease of sale of your property.

Cost To Replace Poly B Piping Calgary

The cost associated with replacing Poly B piping varies depending on several factors, including the size of your home, the layout of your home, the number of bathrooms, the extent of drywall removal needed and the accessibility of the pipes. Therefore, providing an accurate Poly B replacement cost estimate requires Reece to visit your home and look at your unique situation. 

Regardless of the size of your home or business, replacing Poly B is a fairly large project that can come with significant cost. The average price for full home Poly B replacement typically falls within the range of $5,000 to $20,000. While this may represent a notable investment, it serves as a preventive measure, potentially saving you from more extensive expenses associated with damages resulting from a burst pipe. Moreover, it provides peace of mind. 


While Poly B replacement can be a rather larger bill due to the extensive nature of the replacement, at Harper's Plumbing we offer the ability to access financing through our partner FinanceIt.

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