Kitec brand pipe was initially intended to be a bendable style of polyethylene pipe, used for hot and cold water lines in structures. The pipes were typically orange colored (for hot water) and blue colored (for cold water).
Problems developed with this product, sometimes leading to pipe failure and flooding of structures. A class action lawsuit soon followed these failures.
This pipe was manufactured and sold under various brand names, such as Kitec, PlumbBetter, IPEX AQUA, WarmRite, Kitec XPA, AmbioComfort, XPA, KERR Controls or Plomberie Améliorée.
When we discover this pipe and/or fittings during an inspection, we issue the following recommendation:
KITEC brand (IPEX) piping noted. There have been documented problems and class action lawsuits affecting some versions of this piping material. The presence of this material in the home may affect your ability to obtain homeowner’s insurance or may affect your rates. Recommend verifying necessary action with your homeowner’s insurance company prior to closing. Please visit www.kitecsettlement.com for additional information.