What is this Poly B Water piping that gets so many home inspectors excited about 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 this style of 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 2,700,000 results you get with a google search for poly b water piping as a start.