Is there a class action lawsuit against Kitec piping?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by ultimachi, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. donnagvia

    donnagvia New Member

    Sep 24, 2007

    No Redwood, sorry I really just thought it might be useful information for someone with this problem.

    Not everyone in this world has ulterior motives.

  2. aoreo

    aoreo New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    I just found this thread even though it's a bit dated, as I'm running into a similar scenario and wanted to see if anyone had input?

    I have Kitec piping, but my failure is from the piping itself. Apparantley bubbles/bulges are forming in the pipe and leaks are starting. My house is 7 years old, so I think a bit premature for this. The last plumber has told me I need to re-pipe the whole house, as he sees other pipes deteriorating. I've already had to do 3 repairs.

    I called IPEX and they said they have to take a look at my home first and collect samples of the bad pipe and go from there to see if it is really a pipe defect. Apparantley a few homes in my area have the same issue.

    So what I am wondering is, do I repipe or just install a new heating system all together. My neighbor is looking into minisplit ductless system. If I repipe, what piping should I use? My worst fear is repiping only to have leaks again in a few years.

    Should I wait for IPEX to come back with an answer (could be months) before repiping? The drawback is that I have tenants in there.

    Any help/suggestions appreciated!
  3. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

    Nov 8, 2005
    Central Florida
    Am I the only one who thinks this is pretty funny?
  4. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

    Jun 22, 2009
    Red Seal Journeyman Plumber & Licensed Gas Fitter
    Penticton, BC
    Or spell check.
  5. Jrednaxela

    Jrednaxela New Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Plumbing Sales
    Found this on the web, maybe it will help
    This website has been established by Class Counsel to provide information to class members of the class action lawsuit involving brass KITEC® plumbing fittings ("Kitec® Fittings") that was certified by the Nevada District Court on October 16, 2006, which alleges that KITEC® Fittings are defective because they dezincify and fail when exposed to water.

    This class action includes all owners of residences in Clark County, Nevada that contain, or at any time contained, a Kitec and/or PlumBetter piping system and/or components, although it is now believed this product was not used extensively in Clark County beyond 2004.
  6. millerrob

    millerrob New Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    I'm looking for a sample of kitec pipe and/or fittings and hope someone here can help me. Let me explain a bit.

    I'm a home inspector by trade but am going to be teaching a continuing education class in the evening for first time home buyers. Just kind of the basics of obvious things to look for when walking through homes. I do run into a fair amount of kitec plumbing on home inspections but I write my report and move on. I'm never around for the repipe. I'd like to get a sample of the blue or orange pipe and maybe some fittings that I could pass around in class as visual aids. So if anyone on here is getting their kitec system replaced or does repipes for a living and could save a foot or two of pipe before it goes in the trash I can paypal you for your trouble and shipping, just shoot me a pm. Thanks in advance. -Rob
  7. ShawnaG

    ShawnaG New Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Las Vegas

    Is anyone still paying attention to this thread? I just discovered a water leak (36,000 gallons in one month...) and my plumber friend told me to look up the class action lawsuit with Kitec. I did and it said to find out if you have that type of pipe, there should be a sticker in the electrical panel. I looked at the electrical panel and it says Aquapex. As far as I can tell, there is no evidence of a lawsuit or complaints of defective piping with Aquapex. The leak, however, is right in the fitting, (which is in my plumber's hands as we speak). Is it possible that the fitting is the brass fitting made by Kitec? If so, my home would not qualify for the lawsuit.....anyone know anything about this? My house was built in 2001 on the southern end of Las Vegas. Luckily, so far in the game, I think this is a fairly easy and somewhat inexpensive fix. I am hoping it doesn't get worse. My fear is that they used the Kitec fittings throughout, but I'm not sure how to find out. Any suggestions or input for me? Thanks!!
  8. ShawnaG

    ShawnaG New Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Rob, I have a blue pipe with the fitting attached that I need to use to try and get mine replaced, but once I'm finished with it, you're welcome to it if you still need it. you can email me @
  9. CrystalP

    CrystalP New Member

    Nov 12, 2012
    Kitec, are there any updates from the plumbers regarding the Kitec disaster? Any more conclusive exidence whether it is the fittings and pipes or just the fittings that fail? Also, what are the options for replacing infloor heating with kitec? Thank you for comments
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