Protect Your Home From Water Leaks
Prevent catastrophic damage and high water bills
If Your Home Has Kitec Plumbing, You Are Prone to Severe Water Damage
If you have Kitec plumbing or a similar brand of polyethylene piping, your home is in danger of potential water damage due to a burst pipe.
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After identifying what type of plumbing you have, taking steps to prevent catastrophic damage can save you and your possessions from serious damage. Repiping your home, or installing a leak detection system, will give you the peace of mind you need from the risks of plumbing failures caused by Kitec piping.
How to Protect Your Home
Here are three options to protect your home from Kitec Plumbing:
Repipe Your Home/Condo
Because this type of piping is extremely volatile, many individuals opt to repipe their home entirely. This is the obvious solution, but can cost $10,000 or more depending on how large your home is. Repiping requires ripping out the dry wall and is extremely invasive.
To repipe a 1,500 square foot, two-bathroom home would cost between $8,000 and $10,000.
Install a Moisture Sensor System
Because these leaks are most prone at fittings, you could install moisture sensors linked to a shut off valve near toilets, washing machines, hot water heaters, and other appliances.
With this solution, you’ll get an alert that there may be a leak when a sensor encounters moisture. These discs can also automatically shutoff your water if a leak is detected. Often times, at that point, the pipe is probably already burst and damage has already begun.
Whole Home Leak Detection Systems
These systems monitor the flow of water and automatically shutoff your water when there is flow for an unusual length of time. This type of system can detect both small and large leaks and is effective in preventing catastrophic floods caused by Kitec plumbing.
Additionally, insurance companies often offer discounts on premiums or financial assistance when purchasing a leak detection system, as it helps reduce the number of water damage claims a person files. To learn more about leak detection systems that can help, visit waterheroinc.com/guide-to-automatic-water-shut-off-valves
Kitec Plumbing & Home Resale Value
There is a large cost to getting one’s piping redone in their home, which has had a negative side effect on the resale value of homes with Kitec piping.
As of 2016, the Ontario Real Estate Council (OREA) along with Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) made much needed changes to Seller Property Information Statement (SPIS) Forms. Most importantly, these forms now carry questions relating to Kitec.
Most people find out about Kitec in their homes during the buy/sell process, as home inspectors will catch the problem and alert potential buyers. Typically, this leads to a negotiation where home buyers negotiate the terms and lower the cost. There are no particular studies that show how much Kitec decreases a home’s value, but it is likely similar to the cost of repiping the whole home – around $10-$20K.