Copper: Most homes have copper plumbing.
Poly B: Homes built between the late 1970’s and the late 1980’s, may have Polybutylene (Poly B) plumbing. If you’re not sure, look for flexible, grey-colored plastic pipes in areas with exposed plumbing such as near your hot water tank or under a kitchen or bathroom sink. The material designation should be “PB2110″. There have been a number of leakage problems over the years with this type of piping. One of the risks is the failure of the plastic fittings. If the water pressure is too high, these fittings can leak. The risk can be minimized by installing a pressure reducing valve. It’s often difficult to tell if there are problems with your Poly-B piping, as the damage starts on the inside. They may look perfectly fine on the outside, while inside they are slowly disintegrating. And the older these pipes get, the higher the risk of rupture, causing massive damage to your home and precious belongings. If your home has Poly B piping, please discuss it with one of our agents and we will do our best to assist you. Many insurance companies view this as a hazard, and will refuse to insure your home. We realize it can represent a higher risk, but we have options available for most homes with Poly-B plumbing.
Kitec: The Kitec plumbing system was sold in Canada between 1995 and 2007. It consists of blue and orange flexible piping and brass fittings. There are two common problems with this type of plumbing: 1. The orange pipes are not certified for water hotter than 180 degrees F, but hot water tanks can run hotter than this. 2. The brass fittings tend to corrode, cause blockages and leaks. Many insurance companies will refuse to insure your home with this type of plumbing, but we have options available for most homes with Kitec plumbing.