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How do I know if I have Kitec piping in my home and what should I do?

Kitec piping was widely used in new construction and renovations between 1995 to 2007.

Kitec piping comes in a few different colours. Mainly orange and blue flexible piping with brass fitting and carry hot and cold water throughout the home. Kitec piping was also used for radiant heat.

If you want to know what kind of piping you have in your household, the easiest place to check is around your water heater or underneath your sinks. If you find any orange piping check it for these markings on the pipe. PEX-AL-PEX, PE-AL-PE, Kitec XPA, Kerr Controls, ASTN F1281, CSA N137.9, ASTM F1974, Made in Canada by IPEX.  If you see these markings on the pipe you should have it checked further by a plumber.

Kitec pipe is made up of three different layers.  A layer of polyethylene on the outside, a thin layer of aluminum in the middle and another layer of polyethylene on the inside.

Kitec piping can potentially have problems with its fittings and in some cases even have problems with the pipe disintegrating. To add to the problem, a lot of insurance companies will not insure your home if you have Kitec piping in it. If you plan on selling in the near future, having Kitec in your house will scare away a lot of home buyers.

The only real solution is to get it looked at by a licensed plumber and have it replaced. It can be down with minimal drywall repairs. 

Call ET Mechanical 444-HOME (4663) today for pricing on all your plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical needs.