Start Thinking about your plumbing pipes now! Are They the KITEC Brand?


Blog by Arnold Shuchat | June 18th, 2015


A major issue in home inspections these days is the under floor piping in homes heated by radiant heating systems.  These systems install piping into the concrete floor in different zones and water is heated by a boiler and circulated throughout the zone to heat the house.  Most heating professionals will tell you that the life of a boiler is about 20 years, after which it is seriously time to think about replacing it.  That is quite simple, although not inexpensive.  One client was quoted about $15k for aa boiler for a 2400 sq ft condo. But there have been numerous faulty pipes that have been installed over the years and a good house inspector will use infrared sensors to see if the outlines under the floor will show pipe leakage.  If not, it just means that it is not leaking yet.

The replacement of the under-floor pipes is a major disruption.  You lose the flooring and subflooring and it has to be traced throughout the house-a major job.
Here is a link to an article on the Kitec piping:

http://www.moneysense.ca/property/renovations/kitec-plumbing-lawsuit-impacts-homes-and-condos-built-after-1997/

Here is a link to a website dealing with Class Action Settlements in relation to the type of piping used.  It is worth a read to see if there are any funds for your own installation on account of damages:  http://www.kitecsettlement.com/