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What is Kitec?

Kitec is a type of pipe that is made of cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), a type of plastic. The pipes use a metric standard of sizing making it hard to find to find fittings outside of it's own manufacturer.

The problem is that the Kitec fittings were inferior, made with a high zinc content which caused  dezincifying. The zinc oxide builds up and restricts water pressure causing very low pressure, or, the fittings failed completely and caused flooding and water damage to homes and property.

How to I tell if I have Kitec Piping?

Look for piping with different colors. Most Kitec Pex pipe was color-coded. Blue for cold water, orange for hot water. Look for the presence of a neon sticker on, or inside  the electrical box indicating the presence of Kitec Pex pipe, which has been used extensively over the last ten to 15 years.

Additional Kitec News and Information

Arizona West Plumbing - Copper Repiping Specialists
1-800-214-6726 | (702) 420-4703
AZ Lic. #239155 | AZ Lic. #239154 | CA Lic. # 29122

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