Share Your Poly B Story

If you have a Poly B story, we would love to hear it! Please write your story in the comment section below. We are working to create awareness about Poly B as an on going issue for home owners across Canada and you sharing your story will help other readers better understand the process of dealing with a Poly B issue. Thank you for sharing.

16 thoughts on “Share Your Poly B Story”

  1. Barry Llewellyn

    My wife and I bought what we were hoping to be our dream home. The previous owner did not disclose the fact that the house had the Poly B waterlines in it and had the basement finished. Shortly after moving in we had our first leak of which would be one of several now since buying the home in July,1,2002. I’ve had to replace both manifolds as they were made of plastic fittings glued together, so I put in proper copper ones with pex to Poly B. The leaks have been both the plastic fittings and pin holes in the Poly B pipe. Have been lucky in most cases, but there have been a few now that have caused drywall damage and I know this is not the end of this problem. I’m disabled from a work accident and will be forced to sell at a lost or pay a professional to do the work at great cost. What gets me is that our government knew this was a product that would have problems with it, but yet it approved it for use and now us Canadian home owner’s are being passed over because of big business. Shame on them, as elected officials to look out for us common folk they have surely greased their pockets, we the people now will have to endure hardship and cost to fix something they should have not been allowed to approve especially since there was internal memos both within the companies and the government knowing the down fall in these products.

  2. We have had 2 poly B related leaks in our Calgary home that would have done huge damage if we were not home at the time. The first was beneath our kitchen along a straight section of pipe that developed a pinhole leak that filled the finished basement ceiling (drywall) with so much water that it collapsed a 10 foot section of ceiling and drained onto the basement carpet below. At that point I replaced all easily accessible polyB on the mainfloor and basement leaving only the plumbing lines going up to the second floor thinking… “what are the chances of having another leak”. Two years later, and it happened again, this time above the main floor shower (below the master bathroom upstairs). Luckily we were home again when my son mentioned he saw water pouring out of the wall. Enough was enough. We ended up tearing out all three bathrooms (2 upstairs and the one on the main floor) at considerable expense and replaced the remaining Poly B. Good riddance!

    Ask any plumber in Calgary and they will tell you that PolyB leaks are a constant source of work for them.

    1. Hey Joe thanks for taking the time to share your story. Poly B can be a nightmare to people who aren’t aware of what it can do to a home. That is why we built this information resource to educate people on Poly B because with the amount of homes infected the problem will be here for years.

  3. Help…. Yesterday I had a leak in my 3/4 polybutylene pipe. I went to Home Depot and broight a 3/4 CPVC coup and CPVC glue and and cut out the bad Poly Pipe and but in the CPVC coup and glue it. I waited 1-hour and turn the water back on so far it’s holding. Does anyone see any issues with this?

  4. First poly b leak in a 2000 built Riverbend home in Edmonton. Mid line rupture, pin hole leak. Lost part of the ceiling in basement. Just now looking at taking all of it out of this massive 2 story home with 4 bathrooms. It’s a huge cost, 20 thousand to be exact. When looking at homes in this area don’t believe anything a realtor or house inspector says about it looking fine. I knew about it, took a gamble and lost. From what i’ve researched, all these homes built around that time are going to start leaking.

    1. Hey Robert, it all starts with a pin hole… Then it goes down hill from there.

      We are here to help, we specialize in polybutylene replacement and can take care of everything from the plumbing right through the drywall and texture stage.

      Graham
      Urban piping Ltd
      Edmonton

  5. We purchased a home in Calgary, complete with Poly B, in 2003. One warm August day in 2011 the Poly B burst, in the middle of our dining room ceiling! It took a few minutes to get the water shut off and then we began bailing. Our large main floor had contiguous ceilings and hardwood floor throughout the house; both ceilings and hardwood had to be refinished. All of our furniture was stored in a big metal box on the driveway for months while the work was done. It cost us several thousand dollars to replace the Poly B with PEX, which was a prudent move. We would never purchase a home with Poly B! We can’t even imagine what would have happened had we not–luckily–been home when the deluge began. It’s not a matter of “if”; it is a matter of “when”.

  6. I have a cottage on a well, built in 1988. Water tests have always been excellent. Recently, water tests taken from house have both coliform and e-coli but readings from outside tap are 0-0. Can poly-B mold cause this?

  7. We just purchased our home in Kelowna BC and the house has POLY B, I was well aware of this and am now in the process of removing all Poly B and replacing it with PEX. The poly B is connected with copper fittings and also is fed from copper manifolds. Ideally I want to go straight from the manifold with the PEX but it doesn’t fit the poly B copper manifold nipples :/ so now I have to use those ‘adapters’ and leave a 4” stub off each nipple. Surely there must be a better way to do this without having to replace the entire manifold? Please advise!! I’ve google the hell out of this!

  8. ST Albert, AB Pex grey water line from the water heater have developed pin hole least over the past couple of months. WE will be doing a COMPLETE replacement sof these lines within the next few months. Is there any “replacement” program for those of us caught with this problem?

  9. Mildred Pierce

    We made an offer to purchase a 1992 home on Vancouver Island. The home inspection reflected poly B. The sellers felt that the fittings were copper and therefore there was no issue/ no room to negotiate. Not interested in taking on this kind of expense and problem, we let the deal lapse and moved on to greener and less troubled pastures.

  10. We have just put an offer on a home in Alberta with Poly B pipes.
    We have never heard of this piping. Our Daughter brought this to our attention.
    We are in our 70’s and definitely do not want to run into problems.
    We have not yet moved in and all conditions have not been met as yet.
    Should we try to get the Sellers to replace all the piping even though they have been in the home for 6 years and says they have never had a problem
    Although the basement is unfinished, there are a few sheets of drywall on the ceiling -“stained” .
    Your thoughts for our next steps would be extremely helpful.

  11. Neglected to mention and do not know if it makes a difference or not, but this house is on a drilled well.
    Guess as long as the water lines are Poly B there could still be a problem just waiting to surface it’s ugly head?

  12. Just curious if people are seeing the pin hole leaks start on hot water lines ? Supposedly the temps degrade it quicker.

  13. My first Poly B experience occurred in the mid 1990’s in my parents house that was 2 story rancher built in the early 1990’s. My mother asked me to investigate the cause of a wet spot in the carpet of their den. I found that the Poly B connection to the outside garden hose bib on the outside wall was leaking inside the wall. I opened the wall and repaired the connection with a new fitting and crimp ring. In 2002 my parents decided to downsize, sold their house and moved. In 2004 my parents bumped into the people that bought their house and heard a horror story of what happened to their old house. The couple that bought the house went on a 2 week vacation to Mexico and while they were away a fitting to the shower valve in the on suite bathroom upstairs blew apart leaking full flow inside the wall. When they came home from Mexico and walked through the door the whole house was trashed and the gyproc had fallen off of the ceiling and was starting to bulge away from the walls. The plywood floors were all warped, cupboards were destroyed and the concrete crawl space under the house was full of water 3 feet deep. The insurance claim to repair the house in early 2000’s dollars came to nearly $100K.

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