KITEC PIPING REPLACEMENT
IF YOUR BUILDING WAS BUILD BETWEEN 1995-2007
YOU MAY HAVE KITEC PIPING
WHY KITEC FAILS:
- Water penetration through the inner layer causes the aluminum layer to oxidize
- Dezincification: the zinc from the brass fittings causes the aluminum to oxidize
SIGNS OF FAILURE:
Failure can happen at both the fittings and along the piping.
- First sign of failure for fitting is a buildup of while residue on the outside of the fitting.
- First sign of failure for the piping is a blackening of the pipe and/or bulging of the pipe.
HOW TO IDENTIFY KITEC:
- Usually its bright orange (hot water) & bright blue (Cold water) with brass fittings (pipe connections and at the manifold).
- the piping is marked as Kitec, Kitec XPA or IPEX Aqua
Kitec Piping does not pin hole leaks, they fail catastrophically
The leaks are caused by the splitting of the pipe or the brass fitting failing and letting go.
This leads to:
- Damage to ceilings, walls, flooring, electrical systems
- Insurance claims for water damage resulting in higher premiums
There is no other option other than removing the kitec from the building and replacing it. If the plumbing conduits are buried in the slab the only option is to replace with flexible piping.
New PEX piping is recommended for replacement, like uponor cross linked polyethylene piping. If the plumbing runs are in bulkheads you can either replace the Kitec with Uponor or with copper piping Type L which has life expectancy of 30 years.
Uponor has a 25 year warranty from the manufacturer and has been used in Ontario for over 15 years and over 40 years worldwide.