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KITEC Pipe Definition
What is KITEC Plumbing?
KITEC pipes refer to the brand of plumbing pipes and fittings manufactured by IPEX. KITEC pipes were commonly used in residential and commercial buildings for water supply between 1995 and 2005. These pipes are made of a combination of polyethylene (PEX) and aluminum, and they were marketed as a cost-effective alternative to copper pipes. However, KITEC pipes have a bad reputation due to issues with premature failure and leaks caused by a chemical reaction between the pipes' components. As a result, a class-action lawsuit was filed against KITEC Industries, and many homeowners and property owners have had to deal with the replacement and repair of these problematic pipes and got some of the expenses covered before 2020.
Price of KITEC Plumbing Replacement
How Much Does KITEC Pipe Replacement Cost in Toronto?
KITEC replacement in Toronto for a one-bedroom condo costs from $4,500 to $7,000, while larger condos cost from $7,000 to $11,000. Cost of KITEC replacement for houses and commercial properties is determined by our licensed plumbers depending on the specifics such as the amount of KITEC pipes, ease of access and other details.
Reasons for KITEC Replacement
Why Replace KITEC Pipes?
KITEC pipes are often replaced due to concerns over their reliability and potential for failure. There have been numerous reports of KITEC pipes experiencing leaks and ruptures, primarily due to water chemistry, dezincification, temperature and water pressure. Dezincification occurs when the brass fittings used in KITEC pipes corrode, leading to degradation and weakening of the pipes over time. As a result, these pipes can be prone to burst pipes, and water damage.
Additionally, KITEC pipes have faced legal issues, with a class-action lawsuit filed against KITEC Industries. Many property owners have opted to replace the pipes as part of settlements or to minimize the risk of future problems. Insurance companies may also require the removal and replacement of KITEC pipes to mitigate potential damage and liability.
Overall, replacing KITEC pipes is often recommended to prevent water damage, minimize the risk of expensive repairs, and comply with legal obligations or insurance requirements.
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How to Identify KITEC Pipes?
To identify KITEC pipes, you can perform a visual inspection and look for specific markings or characteristics. Here are a few ways to help identify KITEC pipes:
Look for the KITEC logo - KITEC pipes often have the KITEC brand logo printed or embossed on the pipes or fittings. The logo typically consists of the word "KITEC" in capital letters.
Check for color-coding - KITEC pipes are typically color-coded for easy identification. The hot water pipes are usually red or orange, while cold water pipes are typically blue (however KITEC pipes may also be red, blue, grey or black). The fittings may also be color-coded to match the respective pipes.
Look for brass fittings - KITEC pipes often use brass fittings that can be prone to dezincification. If you see brass fittings labeled with the KITEC logo, it is likely that you have KITEC pipes.
If you are unsure or unable to identify the pipes, it is recommended to consult with a professional plumber or a specialist in identifying KITEC pipes. They can help determine the type of pipes in your plumbing system and provide advice on the necessary actions to take.
KITEC Pipe Labels
What Labels are Used on KITEC Pipes and Fittings?
Because KITEC pipes were installed for a fairly long time – from 1995 to 2005, KITEC pipes can have different marking on them.
KITEC pipe labels:
KITEC Pipe Fitting Labels - In addition, check the brass fitting labels that may be labeled as “Kitec” or any of the following:
How much does it cost to upgrade water service?Water service upgrades in Toronto can cost from $2,000 to $13,000 and more. The specific cost of water line replacement will vary depending on the scope of your project. To estimate the full cost of your project our team will look at the materials, labour and the specific task on hand. However water line upgrades Toronto cost should also account for city permits and necessary inspections.
How long do water service upgrades take?Water line replacement can take anywhere from a couple of days to few weeks. Specifics of your project will depend on location of the water line, length of the line, and how much work is required to upgrade, repair or replace it. Keep in mind that a couple of factors can impact the duration of your project - permits and inspections, availability of materials, weather, and more.
What causes low water pressure?Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of reasons. For example, minerals can build up inside the pipes, causing a blockage and reducing the water pressure. Or you may have a leak in the plumbing system can reduce the water pressure because water is escaping from the system. Make sure to check if you always have low water pressure or only during the peak times, when many people use the water. Another possible reason for a low water pressure may be a malfunction of a water pressure regulator or an old, corroded pipes that restrict water flow and decrease the overall water pressure. Another thing that we often check is the main shut-off valve for the house. Believe it or not, but in many cases it's simply isn’t fully open. Checking this first can save you unnecessary expenses & work. If you are experiencing low water pressure issues, make sure to talk to the your local service upgrade expert, who is trained to identify and repair issues like this.
What are the methods of water service line replacement?There are two main methods for water line replacement: Trenchless pipe replacement - doesn't require digging a trench. The pipe is replaced by a special approach that bursts the old pipe and installs a new one in its place. Manual excavation - to replacement a pipe via this method our team will excavate the soil around the pipe that will manually replace it.
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