Replace PEX Pipes with the Help of a Skilled Plumber in Salt Lake City
Plumbers are urging homeowners, namely those who use the Kitec plumbing system, to replace their PEX pipes after incidences of leakage were reported. While these issues occurred in select parts of Canada, Kitec operates throughout North America, meaning some homes in the U.S. may be affected, as well. An article posted on the CTV Atlantic website discusses this further:
Thousands of homeowners across North America are experiencing problems due to the faulty pipes, including some in the Maritimes.
“There’s some leaking and failure of the pipe, sometimes at the fittings and sometimes with the piping itself,” says Wheatley.
Homeowners who had the pipes, branded under the name Kitec, installed between 1995 and 2006 may be at risk.
According to the Kitec website, a $125-million settlement fund was set up in 2011 as part of an out-of-court lawsuit to help people who have issues with the plumbing.
Claims can be filed by logging onto kitecsettlement.com. Homeowners with Kitec plumbing have until January 9, 2020 to be eligible for relief.
The main issue appears to be with the cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes that make up the Kitec system. Those with this kind of plumbing system should call a plumber in Salt Lake City for an immediate replacement.
The problem began in 2011 when several homeowners reported of their PEX pipes bursting all of a sudden despite being relatively new. One family in Windsor, Ont. received a water bill amounting to a whopping $13,000 due to a broken PEX pipe. While this was happening, the manufacturers were already engaged in a class-action lawsuit.
Manufacturers see dezincification as the prime culprit for their failing pipes. In this process, trace amounts of zinc from the brass fittings typically used in PEX pipes deposits in the pipe as water flows due to its weak bond. Experts recommend low zinc content for these fittings, usually between 15 and 19 percent of the alloy to mitigate the effects of dezincification.
Although some Kitec systems were reported to still be functional, homeowners were reported to be replacing parts of or the entire system for safety measures. Experts, however, reiterate that PEX pipes are generally reliable; the fittings, with relatively high zinc content, were simply incompatible for the system. Kitec urges homeowners to file claims regardless of any damage to the system.
Homeowners should allow a skilled plumber like those from ESCO Services to perform the replacement for accurate fitting and assessment. Replacement costs are likely to be covered by Kitec’s settlement program.
(Info from Plumbing system causing problems for homeowners, CTV News, Published October 10, 2013)