What is Kitec Plumbing, and Should I Replace It?

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What is Kitec Plumbing, and Should I Replace It?

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Avoid leaks: replace your Kitec plumbing ASAP!
Avoid leaks: replace your Kitec plumbing ASAP!

Are you looking for information about Kitec plumbing?

Have you heard about possible issues that arise from dezincification in Kitec plumbing systems? Or perhaps previous class action lawsuits that have resulted from this problem?

It may be time to replace your Kitec plumbing with more up to date and reliable PEX tubing or copper pipes.

You'll be able to find all the information you need to know about Kitec plumbing right here: We will answer some of the most common questions that relate to Kitec and the issues that arise from it.

What is Kitec Plumbing?

Kitec is the name given to a brand of plumbing system that utilizes brass fittings known as yellow brass. Kitec yellow brass fittings use alloys containing more than 15 percent zinc.

The pipes used in Kitec plumbing are constructed of a thin layer of aluminum that is sandwiched between an inner and outer layer of plastic polymer.

Kitec Tubing and Fitting
Kitec tubing & fitting

Kitec plumbing was installed in many homes between 1995 and 2007. Kitec was often used because of its low cost and ease of installation in comparison to copper piping.

However, as early as 2005, Kitec plumbing was being recalled due to the high failure rate of the brass fittings. This was due to issues with dezincification that causes residue buildup inside the pipes.


Why Does Kitec Plumbing Fail?

There have been a number of arguments for why Kitec plumbing might eventually fail.

The main claim towards the high rate of failure in Kitec plumbing is due to dezincification that occurs when fittings with a high zinc content are exposed to oxygen and moisture.

Kitec Clogged With Zinc
Kitec fittings clogged with zinc

Through the process of dezincification, Kitec fittings leach zinc inside the pipes. The zinc oxide builds up as a white residue, which can lead to issues with low water pressure and a restriction of water flow, as well as pipe leaks.

The rate of dezincification varies around the country, depending on municipality water chemistry. We've often replaced Kitec plumbing systems that lasted less than 10 years, before developing pipe leaks and low water flow.


Is There a Class Action Lawsuit Against Kitec Plumbing?

In 2012, IPEX Inc., the manufacturer of Kitec plumbing, entered into a class action lawsuit settlement of $125 million. This led to many homeowners in America and Canada being able to receive compensation towards replacing their Kitec plumbing.

However, the final date to submit a claim expired on January 9th 2020. This means that if you still have Kitec plumbing, you will need to cover the cost of replacement yourself.

There have been a number of other claims against forms of yellow brass fittings which have been successfully defended, including instances in Washington.

Other manufacturers of yellow brass plumbing fittings successfully argued that there was nothing inherently wrong with the yellow brass fittings: in particular the correlation between the failure of the fittings and their zinc make up. They were able to demonstrate that the failures were due to water chemistry - not the fittings.

The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) specifications allow for brass fittings that utilize up to 37 percent zinc content. This is far above the average 15 percent makeup used in yellow brass, making it very difficult to make a case against the levels of zinc used in yellow brass and similar fittings.

In summary, you can't make a claim against the expired Kitec settlement - and it is unlikely that new litigation will arise in which you can join in. If you still have yellow brass fittings - you'll have to pay for a repipe yourself.


What Are My Options For Replacing Kitec?

PEX tubing or copper piping are your main options for replacing Kitec plumbing. The majority of our customers opt for a PEX repipe. Read more about why PEX is a good choice for repiping.

Here at Repipe Specialists, our repipes come with a lifetime warranty - so no more worrying about paying for multiple leak repairs.

A whole home repipe may be less of a disruption than you'd think: we typically complete a repipe in a day, and return another day to patch walls. We always have your water back on by the end of the day. Read about our One Stop Repipe™ Process, perfected over thirty years and tens of thousands of repipes.


What Is the Cost to Replace Kitec?

Most of our repipes are priced between $4,500 for a smaller home, and up to $15,000 for larger more complex projects. Read more in How Much Should A Repipe Cost. We also offer no down, no interest repipe financing options to take the sting out of unplanned repipe expenses.


Get a Quote to Replace your CPVC Pipe

Here at Repipe Specialists, we've fully replaced the plumbing in over 75,000 homes since 1991 using both copper piping and PEX tubing. We continually get positive customer feedback from customers about their overall home repipe experiences. We often exceed their expectations on:

  • Speed: Our repipe crews typically complete a repipe in a day, returning on another day for wall patching.
  • Convenience: Through our One-Stop Repipe™ process, we handle everything from permits, to wall patching, to inspections.
  • Cleanliness: Our crews are trained to protect your home while working (we cover all surfaces with protective sheeting), and to clean up fully at the end of each day.
  • Peace of Mind: Repipe Specialists is a fully licensed plumber in every state we operate in, and we back all of our repipes with a lifetime warranty.
  • Financing programs: To help take the sting out of unplanned repipe expenses, we offer several financing programs.
  • Price: As a specialist that performs hundreds of repipes a week, we can deliver high-quality repipes at a lower cost vs generalist plumbers. We have an article that covers repipe cost factors in detail.

Schedule a free in-home consult, and one of our local repipe consultants will explain all your repipe options and provide you with a written, fixed-price quote.


About Repipe Specialists

Expert Repiping at an Affordable Cost

Since our founding in 1991, we've been completing residential and multi-family building repipes to the highest standard.

With over 75,000 repipes completed, we've perfected our  One Stop Repipe™ process: providing you with a high quality and convenient repipe experience while offering significant savings compared to traditional plumbers - plus, our work is guaranteed for life.

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