Short Guide to Identifying IPEX Plastic Piping, Connectors and Fittings
Kitec tubing was sold in Canada and the United States for a range of applications including water supply and distribution piping, and in-floor heating systems. System failures resulting in leaks - and often substantial property damage, led to a class action suit and eventually a settlement agreement.
Q: What if I see plastic piping and I'm not sure if it's a problem?
A: Call a reputable plumbing or heating contractor in your local area. (Not every plumber in every locale will necessarily have experience with this product, so ask if they are familiar with Kitec and if they have replaced it in any number of homes or other buildings.)
Q: How much is this going to cost?
A: Replacement costs will vary depending upon the amount of plumbing work required, the degree of difficulty (two-storey homes, finished basements and concrete slab installations, for example can be more difficult and costly.)
Q: Does all the piping have to be replaced, even if it looks okay?
A: Maybe not, but the choice may be made for homeowners, especially if they are selling and buyers cannot get insurance because of the presence of Kitec piping in the home.
The Different Types of PEX Tubing (Video)
Kitec Settlement Website
Bob Aaron: Property Law, for the Toronto Star, March 2015
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.