Re-Piping Materials

Uponor PEX-A Tubing

PEX tubing is a modern and popular choice of plumbing material. PEX is made of flexible plastic, eliminating the need for coupling joints where leaks most occur. PEX is inexpensive, easy to install, resistant to build up, and will not corrode when exposed to the acidic water we have in Vancouver.

Stainless Steel Piping

Stainless steel piping, which is more expensive than PEX, is used in situations where greater strength and superior corrosion resistance are required. As leaders in our field, BMS was the first piping company in Vancouver to complete a strata-titled stainless steel repiping project.

Ductile Iron Piping

Ductile iron piping is made from ductile iron and is typically used for potable water and sewage distribution. Ductile iron has protective internal lining applied (usually cement mortar) that inhibits corrosion.

“K” Grade Copper Piping

When PEX piping doesn’t make sense in some aspect of a project, BMS uses type ‘K’ certified copper pipe. ‘K’ grade piping is the heaviest gauge copper piping available, making it the thickest, sturdiest, most long lasting hard copper piping available.

Using ‘K’ grade copper piping indoors costs a little more at the outset but pays off in the long run due to the fact it is more long-lasting than ‘L’ or ‘M’ grade piping.

Products We Avoid and Replace

As part of our typical re-piping work, we replace:

Galvanized Steel Piping

Galvanized steel piping was popular over 30 years ago but isn’t used much anymore. This type of piping rusts over time causing foul-smelling or tasting water. Build up with this piping can affect water pressure.

Polybutylene Pipe

Polybutylene pipe is plastic piping that was installed from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s. It was cheap to purchase and easy to install. Unfortunately, it reacts with chlorine and other oxidants in our water causing pipes to become brittle.

Polybutylene pipes can develop small leaks or suddenly burst. Both of these situations can cause water damage, either as a sudden flood or slow leaks, leading to toxic mold developing behind walls.

To arrange a consultation on your commercial re-piping project, call us at (604) 253-9330 or submit our contact form.