Kitec plumbing - is it the new evil when selling / purchasing a home?
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KITEC Piping Info - knowing the good & the bad
KITEC Piping Info
First off - Keep in mind - you are not a plumber & should not be offering advice on the the functionality or lifespan on plumbing systems. Always refer to a qualified professional.
Know when to stop answering questions.
Kitec plumbing has been subject to a class action lawsuit in the US with many new developments here in Canada
The lawsuits are based on defective fittings that "can" lead to significant water damage
This piping was used in houses throughout North America from 1996-2007 and in many cases is orange in colour.
There are many differing opinions on this matter & new information is being brought forth on a regular basis.
There was an estimated 225-250k (thousand) installs that have the fittings that have failed.
Due to the brass fittings of Kitec, the minerals in water, over time, will fill in the hole needed to pass water.
Identifying Kitec is one of the most important factors in this process as - because the "newness" of the issues locally, there are few people who are experienced in identifying the product.
Do not rely solely on colour to identify, there are several factors, stickers, colour, labels & most importantly - fittings build that determine if it is indeed Kitec.
Kitec should be positively identified by a qualified professional
Perhaps the biggest issue that relates to our duty for clients, is whether to disclose this information on a PCDS - the answer to this can be interpreted a couple ways:
Kitec piping in most cases would not be considered a "latent defect" but rather a "patent defect" (can be discovered through a reasonable inspection of the property)
Sellers do not have to disclose such a defect
That being said, disclosing it ahead of time "may" save on headaches or surprises from buyers.
There have been several conflicting decisions from certified plumbers on if or how the plumbing needs remedied - getting second opinions may help.
One positive suggestion from one plumber was to actually remove one fitting from the system to see what the fitting looks like on the inside & shed light on how bad the remaining fittings could be. This could be a way to affordably and accurately assess any problem.
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