What is Kitec Plumbing?
Kitec is a brand of plastic plumbing supply lines with brass fittings (with the letters KITEC or KTC stamped on the fitting) used between around 1995 and 2007. The system was recalled in 2005 due to corrosion issues of the brass fittings.
This type of plumbing is often characterized by Blue and Orange pipes and sold under the the names “”IPEX Aqua”, “IPEX Homerite”, and under the more generic name “PEX-Al-PEX”, and others.
The problem is that the fittings were manufactured with a high level of zinc. As the zinc leached from the fittings, a powdery build-up formed which then weakened the fitting. In some cases, the pipe can leak or burst causing damage to the home. Some estimates suggest repair/replacement costs in the order of $6,000 to $8,000.
So how to tell if your plumbing lines are Kitec?
There may be a number of clues to determine if your home is plumbed with KITEC lines, however there is no substitute for an assessment by a licensed plumber:
We are unable to determine how much of an issue this is in Canada or this Region, however some estimates suggest that 60,000 + homeowners in the US Southwest could be affected. However, we are seeing evidence of Kitec in Waterloo Region.