Okanagan Kitec Pipe Replacements

Kitec Plumbing Replacements For Kelowna Homes & Condos

Class action lawsuits were filed in Canada and the US, and Kitec recalls began in 2005. IPEX, the manufacturer of Kitec, and its insurer deny that the system is defective but agreed to a $125 million settlement. This settlement fund is intended to pay for repairs in homes where the Kitec plumbing systems failed, and claims could be made until the year 2020. Any funds remaining after 2020 are to be distributed to those who own homes with Kitec plumbing systems that have not failed. Eligible homeowners must file a claim through the Kitec Settlement claim form.

Kitec piping in a client home at Vision

Does Kitec Plumbing Need to Be Replaced?

Kitec was installed in homes across North America, including many houses and condos in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley. If you suspect you may have Kitec piping in your Okanagan home or residential condo, our team is here to help! Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling has replaced plenty of Kitec pipes with new pipes that will stand the test of time. We will inspect your home’s plumbing and, if Kitec piping is present, our experienced team will carefully remove it and install your new piping. Our installations are satisfaction guaranteed and done with the utmost care.

Kitec piping should be replaced as soon as you are aware of it in your home, because it is just a matter of time until they deteriorate and leak. It’s a lot more convenient and cost-effective to have the pipes replaced before they break down, instead of waiting until they fail, causing potentially severe water damage and requiring emergency repair services.

The question is not if your Kitec plumbing will leak, but when it will leak. If you have Kitec plumbing in your condo or house, you should contact Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling to perform an inspection and assessment. In the end, you may have to replace all of your piping and fittings. Kitec plumbing replacement costs can vary from home to home and building to building.

Understanding Kitec Plumbing Issues

Homeowners with Kitec pipes in their plumbing systems encounter a range of pressing issues stemming from the inherent flaws of these pipes. These flaws not only jeopardize the structural integrity of the plumbing system but also pose a significant risk of flooding, which can result in extensive property damage and costly repairs. The limitations in insurance coverage further compound the problem, as policies often exclude coverage for damages linked to Kitec pipes.

Common Kitec Plumbing Issues

Because of the many common problems with Kitec piping, the best thing you can do is replace your Kitec pipes before they fail. If you have Kitec piping in your home, have it replaced immediately – you’ll save yourself a bundle of money and stress later! 

Temperature Sensitivity

Kitec pipes were only certified for a maximum temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit (82.22 degree Celsius), which can be exceeded by hot water tanks, leading to pipe deterioration.

Deterioration from Pressure

Kitec pipes are not able to stand up to high water pressure, and will fail when exposed to higher-than-usual water pressure.

Corrosion of Fittings

Kitec plumbing fittings are made of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc. When zinc is exposed to oxygen and moisture, it tends to corrode (dezincification). When this happens, zinc oxide forms blockages in the pipes that result in restricted water flow, and ultimately breakage and leaks.

Burst Pipes & Flooding

One of the problems with Kitec plumbing is that the pipes won’t just leak, but are quite likely to burst, causing a flood. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though there are any actions a homeowner can take to prevent the pipes from rupturing. The only solution is to replace the entire system.

What is the Life Expectancy of Kitec Piping?

Kitec pipes were used in homes starting in 1995, and was especially common in residential condos, with the first fitting recalls in 2005. This tells us that the average life expectancy is around 10 years or less.

The Urgency of Kelowna Kitec Replacement

When it comes to Kitec piping, procrastination can cost you big.

Kitec pipes pose imminent risks. Avoid waiting for a catastrophic failure, which can result in extensive property damage and costly emergency repairs. Replace your Kitec plumbing now, and safeguard your home’s value and structural integrity.

Home Insurance Considerations

Home insurers take an interest in the type of plumbing in your home. Incorrect information about your plumbing system can lead to coverage issues. Some policies exclude certain types of plumbing-related damage, so it's essential to understand your coverage.

Home insurers definitely want to know what kind of plumbing you have in your home. If that particular type of pipe is prone to leaking, as Kitec is, they may refuse to insure you. Alternatively, they may insure your home, but increase your deductible or decline to cover losses caused by a malfunction in your plumbing system. Determine what type of plumbing you have in your home, and be honest with your insurance agent. You don’t want to have coverage denied in the event of a loss because incorrect information was supplied at the time of application.

The right insurer will work with you to provide the best coverage possible. If you do need to have your plumbing replaced, you can consider it an investment in your home and your peace of mind.

Typically, home insurance policies include coverage for any sudden or accidental escape of water in your home, including ruptured water lines, or overflowing appliances. This is why insurance companies ask what type of plumbing you have in your home. They need to be able to accurately assess the risk in order to charge the right rates and provide you with the right coverage. Sometimes, depending on your plumbing situation, a company may not be able to insure you at all.

Don’t let this tempt you to tell a little white lie to your insurance broker. This can be construed as “misrepresentation” and can void your policy when it is discovered. Your best course is to always tell the truth. If you discover that the only solution is to replace your plumbing, the expense will be a lot less than finding out, after a loss, that you have no insurance coverage!

When you have a policy in place, remember that there are always exclusions and limitations. Always read your policy wording, with an emphasis on any water exclusions. You can contact your insurance agent or broker if you have any questions.

How to Identify Kitec Plumbing

Check the pipes under your sink and near your water heater–you may be able to identify Kitec pipes from a simple visual inspection. The Kitec plumbing system usually consists of blue and orange flexible piping and brass fittings. “Kitec” was the most common brand it was sold under, but the following brands were also used: 

Check your pipes for any labels with the above branding or the word “Kitec” on them.

In addition to the orange and blue pipes, Kitec plumbing systems can often be identified by the brass fittings, which will usually have one of the following stamps:

If you have Kitec plumbing, you may also find a yellow sticker on the inside of your electrical panel door. These stickers say “Caution: This building has non-metallic interior water piping.” Normally, metal piping is used as an electrical ground. These polyethylene pipes cannot be used as a ground.

If you see any of these telltale identifiers, it’s time to call our team and schedule a Kitec replacement. If you don’t see any of these, but you still have reason to believe you might have Kitec piping, we are happy to come to your home and perform an assessment to determine whether you have any Kitec pipes.

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Expert Kelowna Kitec Replacement

If you have Kitec pipes in your home, don’t wait for them to break down and result in costly damages. Call the team at Vision today!

Our experienced team specializes in Kitec pipe replacement, ensuring your home’s plumbing system is safe and reliable. We use top-quality materials that stand the test of time. All our installations are satisfaction guaranteed and done with the utmost care. Choose Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling for professional Kitec pipe replacement you can rely on.

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Kaylyn RobinsonKaylyn Robinson
15:13 14 Dec 23
Highly recommend this company. After contacting numerous plumbing companies, and having a couple no-shows and getting the run around, I reached out to Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling. The booking process was easy, they showed up on time, and Esteban (the technician) was very friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. I will certainly use this company again, should I need them in the future.
16:28 12 Dec 23
I used vission plumbing for few jobs in my house. Vision plumbing team is awesome. The house is old and I had to change and fix many things, from changing pipes to fixing bath overflow and installing dishwasher. Vision team helped me with all that. I had hired, unfortunately, another company (Bee's knees plumbing and heating) to install furnace and they did so wrong that I had flood in my basement for a month. I called again Dave, they came, found problem and fixed everything for me. I am definitely taking this company for any future jobs that I will have in the house. I trust them and I know I won't have any problems after they leave. Dave is amazing. For any issue he explained me what is going on and how they can fix that. Every worker from vision was very profesional and respectful. Great job vision team!!!
Roy AndersonRoy Anderson
22:22 11 Dec 23
Jeff came as a follow up visit and didn’t take long to diagnose the problem and find a solution. Fireplace now operating efficiently, Thank you!
Graham BenderGraham Bender
00:17 01 Dec 23
Problem solved quickly and then offered to do another small job because of minimum one hour charge. That is extraordinary.
Junya NakamuraJunya Nakamura
16:10 30 Nov 23
Contacted with them and had responses right away. Had choice of 7am!! Or 3 pm and picked 7pm. Tech: Esteban showed up on time, fixed the problem. Explained about his work and cost. Employing good employees must be good company. They also do commercial work, they did some of the work at my restaurant and again I had no issue at all and did great job!! Highly recommended!!
That FarmThat Farm
04:15 18 Nov 23
Levi expertly tuned up the Natgas fireplace. Excellent work!! Timely and professional. Thank you.
Joanna FoxJoanna Fox
19:22 16 Nov 23
The BEST customer service and knowledgeable maintenance. Thank you Jeff, we are so happy to have our gas fireplace up and running again! ♡ Highly recommend!!!
Barb MacWilliamsBarb MacWilliams
06:58 08 Nov 23
Very happy with Jeff’s work on my old fireplace which needed cleaning and maintenance. Excellent communication and explanation of how things worked and what he was doing.
Brad KoppBrad Kopp
01:49 04 Nov 23
I have used Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling twice in the last six months, once to fix the condenser on the A/C and today to fix the furnace. They are a very responsive and professional company. I arrived home a few nights ago to find the house was an ice box as the furnace was not working. I called Vision the next day and within 24hrs they had a technician on site. His name was Jeff and he was a pleasure to deal with. He removed the motor on the furnace and showed me the source of the problem - two birds had gotten in through the exhaust vent and clogged the system so it shut itself down. He cleaned out the motor, reinstalled it and answered all of my questions. The charges were very reasonable for an hour of time spent at our home to fix the issue. I had a similar great experience with their technician in the summer time. I used Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling as prior to them I had used one of their competitors, Border Plumbing, and the experience was brutal. They sent a technician to diagnose a noisy water pipe in our mechanical room. The tech was onsite for 25min and he told me the problem was in the irrigation line, which I already knew. Then he was done and I got a bill for twice as much as what Vision charged, but Vision actually spent an hour to fix something. Border told me after the first 15min the price goes up, and in response to the negative review I wrote, they said that the technician had to drive for ~50min to get to our place, so they allocated one hour and 17 minutes to the service call, hence the charge. Jeff from Vision had to drive to our place in Kelowna from West Kelowna, spent an hour at the house, fixed a real issue with our furnace, and Vision charged half as much. Use Vision.
Valerie MarshinewValerie Marshinew
01:12 03 Nov 23
We had work done on our plumbing manifolds and most valves in our house . Although Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling were the most second most expensive of the four plumbing quotes we chose them. Michelle was terrific to deal with in the phone being very professional and friendly. On the day of the work Alex and Keenan arrived on time. Both were professional and courteous. They were very helpful and ensured we understood the work being performed and answered all of our questions. I give this company 5/5 for their service performed and I would hire them again. Thank You.Rick & Val MarshinewKelowna, BC
Abe GalAbe Gal
18:14 29 Oct 23
We had Jeff sevicing an oldish fireplace that would not start.We appriciate his vast experience and knowledge , fireplaceworks perfectly now. Cost was fair also. Abe
kevin tomaszewskikevin tomaszewski
01:37 24 Oct 23
I had a plumbing emergency spring up overnight and had to shut off the water supply to the house. They were able to make room for me in their busy schedule the next day and made the repairs I needed in a quick and timely manner. I would recommend Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling to anyone seeking plumbing services, in fact l am going to call them up for a larger job I've been planning for next year.
Shelah PansegrauShelah Pansegrau
23:12 23 Aug 23
Visions had excellent customer service and communication from the outset. Within two days of my request, Jeff came to diagnose and repair the pool heater. He is knowledgeable and respectful, thoroughly explaining the problem while repairing the heater. Thanks Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling!
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