You tend to feel like you’ve “seen it all,” if you stay in the plumbing business long enough. Of late though, more and more homes with Kitec plumbing are popping up in Guelph. Home inspectors and plumbers are identifying the material, and it’s very problematic for home owners. Here’s why.
Between 1995 and 2007, Kitec piping was a popular choice for new home plumbing. Some PEX piping performs just fine (great, in fact,) but there is one type (Kitec,) that had a design flaw. The flaw related to fittings, but in addition there have been many problems with Kitec piping disintegrating.
If you discover that you have Kitec plumbing in your home, you’ll want to keep a very close eye on it. It’s also a good idea to visit the site related to a Kitec plumbing in Guelph. Here is a snippet from their site:
“There was a class action suit launched and approved by the courts on November 29, 2011 in Canada. IPEX and their insurance company settled out of court, setting up a $125 million fund that could give those that have had a Kitec failure some relief. Because this matter was settled out of court, the science of why Kitec fails was never presented.
If you have a property with Kitec piping, you should register in case you have a failure in the future. You have until 2020 to register. If you have a failure, document it and send the bill for repairs. You will get some relief, although you will not likely receive full reimbursement for the costs.
If you don’t have a failure, but have to take the Kitec piping out as a result of an inspection or insurance, you may still receive some funds if you are registered with the class action suit. IPEX will wait until 2020 and if there is any money left in the fund, it will be divided among those who had to remove the system due to insurance or inspection issues.”
Your other option, of course, is to consider removing the Kitec plumbing from your Guelph home. In certain cases (i.e. home inspection report failure or insurance ineligibility,) this could become a reality. It’s a significant expense but then again, so is a flood throughout your home.