WHAT IS A KITEC REPIPE?
A Kitec re-pipe is a complete replacement of the defective KITEC potable water system in a home. All pipe, fittings, stop valves and supply lines are replaced with either Copper or Aquapex (PEX) (Zippy Zebra Recommended). Most re-pipe jobs take around 1-4 days, with minimum interruption of water service (up to 4 hours total), ensuring the livability of the home.
Kitec was manufactured by a Canadian thermoplastics company, Ipex, Inc, and in the U. S., by their subsidiary, Ipex USA LLC. It was first introduced into the U.S. market in 1995. According to the manufacturer Kitec is “an engineered composite pipe made from flexible aluminum tubing -permanently bonded between layers of durable polyethylene – Kitec XPA™ can be installed directly below grade or encased in concrete without additional protection. Its tough cross-linked polyethylene outer and inner layers provide excellent corrosion resistance, while its aluminum core provides a built-in permeation barrier against ground source contaminants such as termiticide. The result is years of reliable service, even in harsh soil and water conditions where the use of copper should be avoided.”
WHAT MAKES IT FAIL?
The alleged construction defect relates to Kitec’s brass fittings, not to the company’s plastic pipe. The issue is a chemical reaction known as dezincification, which accelerates corrosion in brass fittings when they are exposed to oxygen and moisture. Brass is an alloy that is primarily composed of copper and zinc. When fittings experience dezincification, zinc leaches out of the brass fittings, leaving a blockage of zinc oxide that leads to leaks, restricted water flow, and breakage.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE KITEC PLUMBING?
First, Kitec generally comes in two colors: blue (for cold water use) and orange (for hot water use). Coming in from the outside this pipe will typically be attached to your main shutoff valve located close to your hot water heater.
Second, if you have experience with the location and safe use of your electrical panel box, you may find a yellow sticker inside your electrical panel box stating that you home has a nonmetallic Kitec or PlumbBetter piping systems. If your home includes this sticker, your home MAY have Kitec Fittings.
WHY YOU MUST REPLACE KITEC POTABLE WATER SYSTEM?
- IT ALWAYS FAILS.
- Dezincification of the Kitec brass fittings is imminent and unfortunately it’s a matter of time for your Kitec plumbing system to fail.
- It leads to inevitable leaks and breaks.
- The combination between Kitec plumbing and brass fittings is proven to make Kitec piping fail.
- Reduced water flow.
- Dezincified Kitec Fittings impair the ability of a home’s plumbing system to effectively provide water to appliances and fixtures, due to constriction of original pipe volume.
- Causes severe water damage.
- Dezincified Kitec Fittings have the tendency to burst and leak profusely usually causing severe water damages in a very short time.
- KITEC water systems cannot be repaired – it has to be replaced.
- Leads to decreased property value, high insurance premiums, or even insurance policy cancelations.
WHAT IS A GALVANIZED RE-PIPE?
Galvanized re-pipe is a complete replacement of the faulty galvanized potable water system in a home. All pipe fittings, stop valves and supply lines are replaced with new Copper or Aquapex (PEX) (Zippy Zebra Recommended). Most re-pipe jobs take around 4 days, with minimum interruption of water service (up to 4 hours daily), ensuring the livability of the home.
ABOUT GALVANIZED PIPING
Galvanized pipe is a steel pipe covered with protective coating of zinc that greatly reduces its tendency to corrode and extends its life expectancy. It’s not frequently used for water supply lines because the minerals in the water react with the galvanizing material and form scale, which builds up over time and will eventually clog the pipe. Galvanized pipe was commonly used for water supply lines many years ago, but over time many have filled with scale, which is why some older homes suffer from low water pressure. Hard water greatly reduces the life of galvanized steel pipe.
WHY REPLACE YOUR OLD GALVANIZED PLUMBING?
- Reduced water flow due to rust and scale buildup.
- The interior of the pipe gets clogged with mineral deposits whose appearance is accelerated by the hot water temperatures.
- Foul smelling water.
- Bacteria and other microscopic organisms can grow in the encrustation caused by corrosion, leading to bad tasting water. In galvanized pipes, corrosion can lead to high levels of zinc or iron in the tap water, which impart a “metallic” taste to the water.
- Rust spots in clothing and black spots in the water.
- Pipe corrosion forces the metal to erode right into your tap water. Metals absorbed into water can form deposits in water using appliances such as water heaters, causing their premature failure.
- Micro-Organism buildup in the pipes.
Old galvanized potable water system leads to decreased property value, high insurance premiums, or even insurance policy cancelations
Types of Defective Plumbing
SURE SIGNS OF A PROBLEM AND POTENTIAL DAMAGES
- Reduced water flow.
- Foul smelling and tasting water.
- Rust spots in clothing, black specs in the water.
- Micro-Organism build-up in the pipes.
- Toxic black mold development.
- Decreased property value due to water damage.
- Elevated insurance costs or possible cancellation.
- Potential loss of irreplaceable heirlooms due to extensive water damage.
WHAT TO DO IF THE PROBLEM EXISTS
Call Zippy Zebra Plumbing today for a free estimate. All final costs will be given to you before any work is done. We will explain to you all of your options and how we will go about doing the job. This way you will know what to expect and have a very good idea how long the job will take to complete. You will also have a chance to meet the plumbers that are going to be in your house doing the re-pipe.
Pipe We Install
At Zippy Zebra we only work with what is proven to work. All of the Zippy Zebra re-pipes are done in copper or PEX. The Zippy Zebra recommendation is to go with PEX when ever possible. This reduces the number of joints you will have in your new lines and therefore reducing the number of future potential problems you could have.
WATER PURITY – “aggressive” water can affect metal plumbing systems and cause elements such as lead, copper, and cadmium to dissolve into the water supply. Another way to minimize such impurities in your water is to specify a PEX plumbing system. FlowGuard Gold chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipe fittings are not a source of heavy metal impurities, and conforms to the stringent safety requirements of ANSI/NSF Standard 61 (Drinking Water Components, Health Effects) regardless of the pH of the water (pH is a common measurement of one of the characteristics of drinking water).
CORROSION RESISTANCE – PEX piping is highly resistant to corrosion. Metal piping can become corroded and leak when local water is “aggressive” due to the presence of high levels of oxygen, low pH, or other potentially corrosive elements. Highly aggressive water, while safe to drink, can cause copper to corrode or “pinhole” and cause leaks in only a few years.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY – All hot-water pipes radiate some heat into the building. This not only wastes energy, but also causes the water in the pipe to drop in temperature and deliver cooler hot water to your faucets. However, PEX conducts heat far less than metal piping. As a result, PEX piping helps keep the hot water from cooling and provides more hot water for the user. Conversely, the low “heat” transfer of PEX piping also helps keep your cold water from warming up.
REDUCED CONDENSATION – Obviously, water dripping from pipes is not desirable because water damage to your home or furnishings could occur. PEX exhibits low “heat” transfer. As a result, the outer surface of a PEX pipe carrying cold water does not become as cool as a metal pipe and the potential for moisture condensation (and dripping) is significantly reduced when using Aquapex pipe and fittings.
QUIET OPERATION – A PEX plumbing system is four times quieter than metal piping, per a recent NSF international study; metal tends to be prone to “water hammer” which can resonate noise throughout the building.
SCALE BUILD-UP – Unlike metal plumbing, PEX is not susceptible to corrosion. No scale build-up means no water pressure loss and reduced maintenance.
Sewer Line Repair or Replace
Zippy Zebra does more than just clear your drains. We can also repair or replace water and sewer lines to correct a number of problems, including:
- Broken, cracked, offset or collapsed pipe — damaged pipes due to shifting soil, frozen ground, settling, etc.
- Blockage — grease buildup or a foreign object is restricting or prohibiting proper flow and/or cleaning of the line.
- Corrosion — the pipe has deteriorated and/or broken, causing collapses in the line and restricting flow.
- Bellied pipe — a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions, creating a valley that collects paper and waste.
- Leaking joints — the seals between pipes have broken, allowing water to escape into the area surrounding the pipe.
- Root infiltration — tree or shrub roots have invaded the sewer line, preventing normal cleaning and/or have damaged the line.
- Off-grade pipe — existing pipes are constructed of substandard material that may have deteriorated or corroded.
Zippy Zebra technicians and plumbers are fully trained in the use of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to solve all of your plumbing and drain problems, including pipe repair and replacement.
The traditional method for repairing or replacing a sewer line was to get a backhoe at your home or business, dig up the line, make the repair, put the dirt back, get in the truck and drive away letting you figure out how to restore the yard.
Today Zippy Zebra is using state-of-the-art technology to repair damaged sewer line without even getting a shovel out of the truck. The process is noninvasive and by the end of the day the only way you will even be able to tell we were at your home or business will be by how well the sewer line is draining.
If you are having sewer problems call Zippy Zebra today to find out if this trenchless technology will work in your situation.
Gas Piping Repair
Zippy Zebra technicians can repair any gas leak you may have in a business or residential.
New Gas Lines
New Gas Lines
General Plumbing Repairs
General Plumbing Repairs
You do not have to have a major problem for Zippy Zebra to be able to save the day. Here is just a few of the other things we do:
- Repair or replace garbage disposals
- Repair leaky faucets
- Install new faucets or fixtures
- Repair or replace hose bibs
- Replace supply lines and angle stops
- Toilet, tub, and shower valve re-build
- Water pressure testing
- Camera inspection
- Drain and sewer cleaning
- Steam Units
And the list goes on. If you are having plumbing problems don’t hesitate to call Zippy Zebra today so you wont have a problem tomorrow.