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Polybutylene (Poly B) Piping and Homeowners’ Insurance

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

Some Calgary homeowners have received notification from their homeowner’s insurance companies about Poly B or polybutylene pipes. The information generally conveys that repairs or damage caused by Poly B pipes may not be covered by the insurance company.

Many houses in this area that were built from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s utilized Poly B piping. Due to flaws in the manufacturing, they are likely to leak. If you’ve ever had one repair because of Poly B piping, you’re likely to have more issues. 

The pipes in your home have a big job, bringing fresh water to appliances and fixtures throughout the house and carrying wastewater out to the sewer lines and municipal sewer system. If a leak or a broken pipe were to develop, it has the potential to cause major damage that can be expensive to repair. If it’s possible your homeowner’s insurance won’t cover this, that’s a major risk.

That’s why we recommend whole home repiping for homes that have Poly B pipes. Although repiping is a big job, it’s an investment in your property. You’ll also get peace of mind knowing that your home and belongings won’t suffer from major water damage in the event of a burst pipe. 

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