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Why your Seattle home could benefit from Kitec pipe replacement

Sloan Newman | 07/10/2016 | Posted in Plumbing

Kitec plumbing was used throughout the western United States in the late 1990s and early 2000s as an alternative to copper plumbing piping. However, Kitec plumbing is associated with premature plumbing failure—check out this article to find out more about why you should consider replacing the Kitec plumbing in your home sooner rather than later.

Kitec is a material manufactured as an alternative to traditional copper plumbing and hydronic heating pipes and fittings. Consisting of an aluminum pipe enclosed within layers of plastic pipe, this material was used in new homes and renovations between 1995 and 2007 as piping for potable water and boiler-based in-floor or baseboard heating. However, despite the promises made by Kitec’s manufacturer in terms of performance and longevity, Kitec was found to corrode at a rapid rate, resulting in a recall of the material in 2005; today, Kitec is no longer produced or used as a replacement for copper water pipes. The only way to replace existing Kitec plumbing is to remove this material from your home, which often requires creating access points in walls, ceilings, and floors. If your home contains Kitec plumbing, you may wonder whether replacing this material before any problems have occurred is worth the effort; however, the number of failures and lawsuits filed due to Kitec plumbing should prompt you to contact your Seattle plumbing service to discuss Kitec pipe replacement.

Peace of mind

The most important reason to consider replacing your Kitec piping and fittings is peace of mind. Professional plumbers have observed an increasing rate of Kitec plumbing failures, which is only expected to continue over time as the remaining Kitec pipes still installed begin to fail. This means that the longer you have gone without replacing your Kitec plumbing, the higher your risk for an issue related to your plumbing in the future. Furthermore, because of the nature of Kitec plumbing and its failures, small leaks are not the only possibility associated with deterioration—large-scale pipe failures are also likely, which can lead to serious flooding, property damage, and loss, especially if a pipe bursts while you are not home. The only way to ensure that you will not experience a major issue associated with plumbing pipe failure is to have your Kitec plumbing replaced by an experienced plumber.

Financial savings

In addition to peace of mind and flooding prevention, the replacement of Kitec plumbing can also help you save money. Home flooding is associated with extensive repair costs, especially if flooding damages valuable possessions or leads to a mold or pest problem due to high humidity and standing water. By eliminating the likelihood of a costly plumbing problem, your investment in Kitec plumbing replacement can save you money in terms of repairs and the replacement of damaged materials or possessions, as well as mold or pest abatement. Furthermore, if you file a claim related to your Kitec plumbing before 2020, you are eligible for financial assistance based on a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of Kitec plumbing. Thus, the costs of replacing your Kitec plumbing can be offset through a payout from this class action lawsuit, reducing or eliminating the cost of this important plumbing service that can protect your home and your belongings from serious flooding and pipe-related problems.

Even if you haven’t experienced a problem with your Kitec plumbing, there are several important benefits associated with replacing this material, as well as several serious risks with putting off this vital service. Let us evaluate your plumbing situation and recommend the best course of action for your pipes. Your home is your biggest investment, make sure you protect it with Washington Energy Services.

2 Responses to “Why your Seattle home could benefit from Kitec pipe replacement”

  • Arshia Komasi

    Actually I bought the Condo last week in Sammamish and we have the Kitec pipe in our heating system and our inspector didn’t mention anything about this kind of issue and one day before moving our neighbor told us about the Kitec issue ,

    So what should I do now ?


    • Jonathan Rundle

      Hi Arshia, we suggest complete removal and replacement. KITEC was the target of a successful class-action lawsuit because the failures happened so often. You could risk it, maybe you get lucky and the pipes don’t leak (at least while you’re in ownership of the condo, anyway) but if they do leak, the damage the leaking water causes can be very costly to repair and remediation work will be very inconvenient. If you’re interested in getting a quote and exploring your options with our professional plumbers, give us a call at 800-398-4663 or fill out our free estimate form.


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