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Where is Kitec Likely to be Encountered?
Kitec was sold between 1995 and 2007, which means it can be found in houses constructed or extensively renovated during this time.
What should I do if Kitec is in my home?
If you discover Kitec in your home, we recommend having the plumbing system inspected by a qualified, licensed plumber to check for any issues.
How do I Identify Kitec Plumbing?
Most Kitec plumbing can be identified by its bright orange (hot water) and bright blue (cold water), which were the most common colours; however, it was also sold in red, blue, gray and black. The pipe is typically marked with one of the following brand names; Kitec, PlumbBetter, IPEX AQUA, WarmRite, Kitec XPA, AmbioComfort, XPA, KERR Controls or Plomberie Améliorée. If fittings are visible, look for Kitec or KTC stamped on them. The terms CSA B137.9/10 or ATSM F1974 could also indicate a Kitec system.
Often, the best place to look for the Kitec system is near the hot water tank or in the mechanical room where the pipe connects or exits the walls. Also look under kitchen sinks or bathroom vanities, where the pipe and/or fittings exit the wall. Look at the electrical panel doors, both inside and out, for a bright yellow or neon coloured sticker stating that Kitec was used in the home and that the electrical system cannot be grounded to it (electrical systems must have a metal ground).
Class Action Settlement Fund
Kitec fittings were first recalled in 2005, and Kitec has been the topic of many news stories over the last number of years. In fact, Kitec is the subject of a class action suit in Canada and the United States. For more information, visit the Kitec Plumbing System Settlement website as: http://www.kitecsettlement.com/
Sources: Nova Scotia Association of Realtors, Kitec Plumbing System Settlemen