We are seeing a lot more Kitec plumbing throughout the city, especially in condo townhomes. This plumbing system has a huge stigma and it is becoming more and more of a concern for buyers and seller. Here is a very important guide to everything you need to know about Kitec Plumbing:
What is Kitec Plumbing
Kitec can typically be identified by its bright orange (for hot water) and bright blue (for cold water) pipes although it was also sold in the colours red, blue, gray and black. It was marketed as an alternative to copper pipes and fittings and was believed to be corrosion-resistant. Experts say that homes and condos with Kitec plumbing may experience premature pipe failure and have the potential for flooding their homes. This risk of deterioration of the pipes is especially high if you have excessive water pressure or if you run water at temperatures hotter than 77C (180F).
Where and When was it used
Kitec plumbing has been widely used throughout North America in Homes, Townhomes and Condominiums that were renovated or built between the time period of 1995 - 2007.
How can you find out if your home has the Kitec System
The most common place to find Kitec plumbing is near the hot water tank or in the mechanical room. The pipes may also be visible beneath the kitchen sink or bathroom vanity. Look for the bright coloured pipes and if you are unsure it is best to contact a licensed plumber to inspect your home.
I found Kitec in my home, now what do I do?
We would highly recommend that you replace the Kitec system with proper copper piping. The replacement of the piping may be expensive, the average cost can be anywhere from $5,000 for a one bedroom condo up to $11,000 for a two bedroom condo/home or more. You would also have to budget for any drywall or kitchen/bathroom tiles that may be damaged or removed during the replacement. The large costs may be a savings in the end as you may end up with an insurance issue or even a flooded home with the existence of the Kitec plumbing.
Kitec Plumbing Lawsuit
There is currently an ongoing lawsuit against the manufacturer including a North American class action lawsuit that was settled in 2011. There is currently $100 million set aside for claimants and you have until January 2020 to file.
Real Estate Agents should disclose if they are aware of Kitec plumbing in any home they are listing but this may not always be the case. If you are concerned your home or condo may have Kitec plumbing please contact us and we can give you an updated list of complexes known to currently have the plumbing. If you have any questions please contact us at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org