Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kitec PEX pipe

As you may or may not already know, Kitec plumbing was widely used in Canada and the U.S. in homes and condominiums built, or extensively renovated, between 1995 and 2007. It was sold for pipes for drinkable water pipes, as well as in-floor and hot-water baseboard systems. Kitec was marketed as a corrosion-resistant alternative to copper pipes and fittings, but was recalled around 2005 due to a tendency to corrode at an accelerated rate. It is no longer manufactured. 
If your listing was built between 1995 and 2007, it MAY have Kitec piping. The piping is made of plastic (cross-lined polyethylene or PEX) on the outside and aluminum on the inside. 95 per cent of Kitec PEX pipe is orange (inspectors have also seen it as white, blue and grey) and has “Kitec” prominently stamped on it. It may say made in Canada by IPEX. Be sure to have candid conversations with your clients if it is discovered that their home has Kitec plumbing. Kitec may deteriorate or fail due to excessive water pressure or water running at temperatures hotter than the manufacturer’s rating of 77C (180F).
Kitec plumbing has been the subject of many lawsuits across North America, including a large cross-border class action which was concluded in 2011. A settlement fund of $125 million (all figures U.S.) was established, with $25 million going to the lawyers in Canada and the U.S., and $100 million being set aside for claimants who have until January, 2020 to file.

John Clermont
Unique Home Inspections Inc.

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