The pipes are so corroded that a steel pipe, which is made of steel, needs to be replaced if they are to be repaired.
“When we get into a home where the pipes are corroded and not being replaced, we know there is a higher risk of something going wrong,” said Jennifer Ellinger, a spokesperson for the Alberta Oil and Gas Commission.
She said the commission has issued an alert for owners of piping that has corroded, or that could corrode, in the last two years.
“The more you do, the more likely it is that you will have a problem,” Ellingers said.
“It is an unfortunate situation, but we are taking it seriously.”
The pipe is installed in the home as a means of securing pipes and wires that need to be removed and replaced.
“As a precaution, the commission is going to replace the pipes in the homes of any residents that are showing signs of corrosion in the pipes and in the wiring,” Elingers said, adding the issue is not affecting any existing home owners.
“There are some things that have been fixed that have not been affected.”
The pipes have not impacted any homes in Edmonton, Edmonton Fire said in a statement.
It said a team of specialists will inspect and replace the pipe to ensure that it is in compliance with the regulations.
The Edmonton Fire Department said the city is working with the provincial government to address the problem.
“This is a precautionary measure, but once a pipe is identified as corroded in one location, there is not a whole lot we can do about it other than replace it,” a spokesperson said in an email.
“If it is a city of Edmonton issue, we can take it as an opportunity to make sure the city does the same thing in other areas of the city, which we are doing.”
A spokesperson for Alberta’s Oil and Energy Regulator said the province is working closely with the province’s fire service, and the fire department has asked the Alberta Energy Regulators to look into the issue.
“We are in the process of reviewing our pipe and wiring policies,” said a spokesperson.
“We have a team in place to look at the issues in Alberta.”
The spokesperson did not give a timeline for when a replacement may be required.