Poly B is also referred to as Polybutylene. It is a flexible grey pipe that is used in hot water systems and residential plumbing. Manufacturing of poly b started between 1978 and 1998. The greatest contributors to its manufacture is that it is flexible, has a low cost and it is easy to install. It is an alternative to the more expensive copper piping. Poly B was appealing to plumbers and contractors because it was inexpensive and easy to install. These pipes can last from 10 to 15 years and afterwards. Though the use of poly b in plumbing has been associated with a lot of controversy, the pipe still remains to be beneficial for use in home plumbing solutions.
Learn more about Poly B in this article: What is Poly B (Polybutylene) Piping
Vancouver and Lower Mainland Poly Replacement: Choosing the right poly b contractor.
When it comes to choosing a Poly B contractor, you must be very deliberate and intentional because it is an important decision. What should you look for when choosing a Poly B contractor?
It is important that you understand the process of Poly B piping before you decide on which plumber to go with. First, the contractor will have to get at the pipes that are throughout the floor and walls. Then they will have to replace then with a different material of pipe that will not have the same problems that Poly B piping has. This process is important to re-mediate Poly B piping from your home.
With the idea of this process, you get the feeling that Poly B piping is not just a reserve for any contractor. You must choose a contractor who has acquired experience in Poly B piping. Why is this important?
An experienced contractor has expertise in delivering quality piping work as well as the proper staff to take care of paint and drywall work that will need to be done during the process. They know the hurdles and challenges of Poly B replacement in both Alberta and British Columbia.
Poly B and Insurance
The right Poly B contractor must have insurance. Insurance is necessary to protect you in case of any accidents. Furthermore, the right contractor should have liability and worker’s compensation. Anything can happen in the course of Poly B piping and you need to be protected in case of any injury. Accidents are likely to happen but you can safeguard and prepare yourself for them.
Poly B Replacement References & Reviews
Before you choose a Poly B contractor, start by asking for references. This is the best place to get first-hand information concerning the quality of work done by the contractor. People who have employed the services of the contractor you’re interested in will help you determine if you should go on with that contractor. Furthermore, you can find more reviews from online resources like the contractor’s website, Google, Homestars, and other directory listing websites.
The appearance of the website is also an indication of the kind of work that the contractor does. A well put and maintained website shows that the contractor is careful to maintain the brand.
Photos of Previous Poly B Works in Progress
We are in a digital age and most contractors must take before and after photos of the work they do. Such photos can help them attract more clients or as a reference point when a client is interested in knowing the quality of work that they do. Therefore, don’t hesitate to request for photos of previous works in progress. This will give you a rough idea of what kind of work the contractor does and what you should expect as well. A portfolio of their works can help you decide whether you should chooses the contractor or not.
Case studies (Including Photos) of our work here: Poly B Case Studies
Ask if they sub-contract
Sometimes, companies sub-contract the work that you request from them for one reason or another. The sub-contracted company may either be better or worse than the originally contracted company. So you need to make sure that you know whether the contractor you choose sub-contracts or not. If they do, make sure that you get assurances that the piping will be well done and that the paint, drywall, and your home will be restored into its original or better condition.
The number of contractors in your house
From the process outlined above, Poly B piping requires some manpower. Since the work will be done inside your house, it is important to be aware of the number of sub-contractors that will be involved if any. Throughout the Poly B Replacement Process, how many different sub-contractors will be in your house? Such details are vital for security and safety purposes. If you have any reservations about the number then make them known to the contractor and see if they can work with your reservations. If they can’t, then you should choose another contractor.
At Urban Piping Ltd, 100% of the work is done in house by our plumbers. This ensures the safety and security of your property as well as any liability issues.
Can you live in your home while the job is being done?
Contractors try to keep your home as clean as possible. However, there is bound to be dust throughout your home during the poly b replacement process. The right contractor will protect your furniture with covers and even do a thorough cleaning of your home when the work is done. Moreover, a good contractor will replace all drywall and include any other trades required to complete the job to your satisfaction.
So, you can live in your house during the process but you will be unable to use the water sources during the day. The process will take about a week for re-piping and a week to repair and complete the drywall process.
Is it safe to live there during the process? Yes it is. The right contractor will do such a great job that you don’t have to worry about your safety.
It is important to find the right Poly B contractor is you want a perfect job that will have no future problems. For all you Poly B piping, contact Urban Planning Ltd. Urban Piping has done more poly b replacements in homes that an other company in western Canada. We currently have Poly B Replacement Divisions out of Calgary, Edmonton, and Burnaby.