If you live in a house or condo that contains kitec plumbing, you may want to replace this system before it causes damage to your home. If you’re one of the many unfortunate homeowners who have already experienced the effects of pipe failure, and are looking for someone to replace your piping at an affordable rate, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn what kitec plumbing is and why it’s a potentially hidden, yet ticking time bomb within your walls.
Kitec plumbing is a common plumbing system for in-floor, potable water, and hot water baseboard heating systems installed in the majority of Canadian as well as American homes over a twelve-year span from 1995-2007. Builders chose Kitec because its manufacturers boasted a remarkable combination that seemed to satisfy all the requirements of a healthy piping system: affordable, economical, and resistant to corrosion. Ultimately, the last claim failed to be true–Kitec plumbing pipes didn’t just corrode faster than any of its competitors, they burst open, flooding homes and apartments.
In 2011, Kitec settled a class-action lawsuit over the faulty piping, and no longer makes the plumbing system. Homeowners can file a claim before January 9, 2020 to be eligible for reimbursement of their repair costs here. The complete extent of kitec’s installment is not known, but with such a long timespan of installation, thousands of homeowners and property owners are at risk.
You’re probably wondering if your house has kitec plumbing. There are a few easy ways to tell, starting with whether or not your home was built, or extensively renovated between 1995 and 2007. Second, Kitec plumbing is known for its bright color scheme, labeled bright blue for cold water pipes and bright orange for hot water pipes. However, some Kitec pipes were available in red, black and grey. If your pipes are that color, there’s another way you can check. Look for labeling on the plumbing system and see if it matches these nine name brands that sold Kitec pipes: Kitec, Kitec XPA, PlumbBetter, WarmRite, IPEX AQUA, AmbioComfort, KERR Controls, XPA, or Plomberie Amelioree. Look for marking such as KTC, CSA B137.9/10 or ATSM F1974 on the fittings near walls, sinks, or the water heater. Check for labels on the doors of electrical panels as well. If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you have Kitec plumbing. One of our specialists can help you determine this during your free at-home quote.
If you know for sure that your home has Kitec plumbing in any part of the house, it’s important that you begin making plans to replace these pipes as soon as possible. Kitec pipes can deteriorate faster if the water pressure is too high or the temperature is higher than the manufacturer-suggested rate of 77 degrees celsius. The fittings on Kitec plumbing also lead to dezinctifying in some homes, restricting water pressure or leading to the complete failure of the fitting. This is more visible in heating systems than potable water systems.
Not only will you want to avoid the possibility of a bad flood or leak in your home, which could damage walls, personal items, electrical units and more, Kitec plumbing also damages the resale value of your house. Ontario’s real estate association added Kitec plumbing to its Seller Property Information Statement and the Residential Information Checklist in 2016. Home buyers may skip your home or offer excessively low rates to compensate for the repair costs they will have to pay. You don’t want to list a property on the market with this kind of liability, and you certainly don’t want to occupy the space without proper peace of mind.
PlumbWize Plumbing and Drain Cleaning replaces all brands of Kitec Plumbing with brand new, reliable copper pipes and fittings that will protect your home for years to come. Our team is licensed and insured to replacement your pipes without disrupting the surrounding areas, taking care to complete each project with integrity, speed and professional cleanup.
We replace Kitec piping in the cities of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Waterdown, Flamborough, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, and its surrounding regions. If you need plumbing service to replace your Kitec system, call us. We’ll send a licensed technician to your home within hours to assess your piping, determine what plumbing needs to be replaced, and provide you with an affordable, easy replacement plan that fits your schedule.
Don’t be caught off guard, replace your recalled plumbing today!