In search of a better and affordable piping system, KITEC piping was discovered and introduced in the year 1995. The Kitec piping was used because it was thought to be a cheaper and more efficient alternative to the expensive copper piping. Between the years 1995 and 2007, the use of kitec piping in homes was predominant.
Kitec was first recalled in the year 2005; this was an indication that the lifespan of Kitec is about 10 years. However, professional plumbers predict that the failure rate of Kitec will rise gradually, and most, if not all, the home that has this system, will experience terrible pipe failure.
What is Kitec Plumbing?
Kitec plumbing is simply a pipe made of polymer, normally installed in homes between 1995 and 2007. Kitec pipes are susceptible to burst, amongst a few other failures. Of course, you can choose to adopt the best measures to ensure that your Kitec pipes don’t leak or burst, but at a time when you least expect your Kitec pipes may fail and put you into big trouble. A major leak caused by Kitec pipes won’t only result in serious damages to your home; it could also lead to mould, mildew and very high cost of repairs.
How do you know if you have Kitec plumbing in your home?
Though Kitec pipes were sold under several names, they have some similarities, which makes them easily identifiable.
- Colour: Kitec pipes (most of them) come in colors such as bright orange or bright blue. The color enabled users to differentiate hot water lines from cold water lines.
- Number: To know if you have Kitec plumbing in your home, keep an eye of for the label ‘ASTM 1281.’
- Age: Having an idea of the installation period of all pipes is beneficial as well since most regulations happened during or after 1997 and no later than 2007.
What do you do if you find out that your home has Kitec plumbing?
You have to be sure that your home has Kitec before you can take any further steps. Contact a licensed and certified plumber to carry out the task of checking if your home has Kitec.
The next step to take is to have the plumbing checked thoroughly for any impending risk. Doing this will help you ascertain when you need to carry out a Kitec pipe replacement and removal. It is also important you know how to switch off your water main in the case of a pipe burst.
If, after carrying out the necessary check and assessment, you discover that the lifespan of your Kitec pipes is short, do not hesitate to contact a professional plumber for a Kitec pipe replacement and removal. The cost for a Kitec replacement depends on the size of your home. However, we can say that it always costs above $2,000.