Poly B Piping is found in thousands of homes in Calgary.
“Polybutylene is a form of plastic resin that was used extensively in the manufacture of water supply piping from 1978 until 1995. Due to the low cost of the material and ease of installation, polybutylene piping systems were viewed as “the pipe of the future” and were used as a substitute for traditional copper piping. It is most commonly found in the “Sun Belt” where residential construction was heavy through the 1980’s and early-to-mid 90’s, but it is also very common in the Mid Atlantic and Northwest Pacific states.”
As a full-time Real Estate Agent in Calgary, I run into poly B piping quite often. Some people are very concerned and will not buy a home with poly b water pipes, while others have no concerns at all.
Two of my golf buddies (one a licensed plumber, the other a plumbing inspector for the City of Calgary) both say that the Calgary home inspectors raising alarm bells to home buyers over poly b water pipes need to become better-informed home inspectors concerning this type of common water piping in Calgary homes. Ok well, maybe they are a bit more blunt than that. Here is a link to a Fact Sheet from the Government of Alberta concerning Poly B – Poly B Fact Sheet – AB Gov
No matter what type of water pipes are in the property you are thinking of buying, if it is a concern, do your own Due Diligence as a prudent buyer should do. Get the facts, weigh the facts and make a decision on the facts and ignore those crying wolf who have no facts on Poly B water piping in Calgary Homes.
Start your Due Diligence with the results you get with a google search for poly b water piping as a start.
Another friend of mine in the plumbing industry suggest having a look at a product called Aqua Trip. Water in a home is never left running intentionally. We turn it on and turn it off. A long shower or watering the lawn for a long time still get shut off at some point. The Aqua Trip detects if water is running longer than a time limit you set. If it detects continuously running water it will shut off the main supply. A pinhole leak can be detected before it causes major damage to your home.