House Repipe

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REPIPE PROCESS

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1. Seal & Cover all furniture prior to repipe

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2. Repipe Process

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3. Inspection

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4.Wall Patching

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5. Texture & Paint (Optional)

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Problem With KITEC

Unfortunately, the brass Kitec fittings allowed a chemical reaction to take place which eventually weakened the fittings causing them to fail. Similar problems caused the pipes to fail. The failure can cause water leakage and flooding in homes resulting in severe property damage. Statistical information suggests that it is not a matter of if the Kitec will fail but rather when the Kitec will fail.

Is kitek installed in my house?

Kitec pipe was manufactured in two colors: blue for cold water and orange for hot water. The side of the pipe is typically marked “IPEX” and the fittings, stamped “Kitec”, may be recognized by looking at the pipe and fittings. Kitec pipes were used in homes starting in 1995. The first fitting recalls occurred in 2005, which suggests that the average life expectancy is somewhere short of 10 years.

Solution?

$125 million settlement fund has been released. This settlement fund is intended to pay for repairs in homes where the Kitec plumbing systems failed. Claims can be made until the year 2020. Contact Super Brothers Plumbing Heating & Air if you think you have Kitek plumbing. We Offer free consultation and examination of your current situation. Full repipe is the only true solution to this problem

What is the difference between Copper, CPVC, PEX, PB, Kitec and PPR pipes?

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Copper Pipe

is the “gold standard” for domestic water systems. Traditionally used, fussy, all metal fittings meets all codes. If properly installed may also serve as a central household electrical ground under some codes. Copper comes in several grades (M,L,K and more). Copper pipe has the highest pressure and temperature ratings of all normal-use domestic water pipe options.

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PB (Polybutylene)

Is basically made of a plastic resin materials that was used for plumbing pipes because of its features, like flexibility, cost effectiveness, freeze resistance etc. Unfortunately, people have not accepted these pipes due to its weak features that cause them loss.

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PPR PIPE

is a fusion-welded system, requires specialized training and equipment, and if done badly can be expensive and not work. If done correctly, it is the platinum standard for hospital, laboratory and other similar uses as it is chemical resistant and may be subject to biological hazards and meet the various safety requirements. But, even if I could, I would not use it in a domestic situation as maintenance, additions, deletions and repairs would be a nightmare.

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CPVC

domestic water pipe is rigid plastic domestic water pipe with limited pressure and temperature ratings. It is inexpensive and simple to install using solvent( glue) fittings. By code, it may not be direct buried.

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PEX

is the “new copper” in as much as it is the next-best-thing than copper and better in many ways. It is resistant to freezing, meets most codes, can handle any normal domestic water temperature and application, is very pressure resistant, adaptable, flexible, shares many fittings with copper and so may be mixed into copper systems with considerable ease.

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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 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.

Important Questions to ASK

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1. How old are your pipes?

The vast majority of the nation’s water pipes were installed after World War two and are in serious need of replacement or repair. In fact, a 2012 report from the National Association of Water Companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated that nearly half of all pipes in the U.S. were in poor shape. Knowing the age of your pipes will help you to assess their need for repair.

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2. Do you have mature trees near your water service lines?

Invasive tree roots often “follow” and disrupt service lines. Roots seek out pipes because they provide essential elements that trees need to grow – water, nutrients and oxygen. When tree roots get into pipes, they can cause clogs and blocks that lead to serious problems and need for repair.

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3. Do you have clay soil?

Poor soil conditions – such as low soil resistivity and high chloride content – can cause corrosion of pipes from the outside, and lead to leaks and contamination.

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4. Have you been ignoring the warning signs?

Many times, it’s the deceptively small things homeowners overlook that may signify a water issue. Something as simple as a family cooking frequently in the kitchen can lead to continued grease and food disposals building up over time in the sewer and drain lines. A stammering faucet can be an indication that a water line is leaking. And, a clogged toilet or slow drainage can signal to a homeowner that the sewer line is clogged. All of these signs could point to a sudden and potentially costly repair. Detecting these easy fixes and taking care of them can save you from potential problems – and save you more than 10% on water bills.

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5. Do you know what your pipes are made of?

A 2012 study conducted by the Utah state University Buried Structures Laboratory showed that nearly a quarter of all water mains in the U.S. are more than 59 years old. These older pipes were generally made from clay, galvanized steel or tile – materials more prone to deterioration over time. Additionally, Steven Folkman, USU professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering completed a comprehensive pipe materials study and discovered that “nearly 75% of all utilities have corrosive soil conditions and combined with a high portion of old cast iron and ductile iron pipes, corrosion is ranked the second – highest reason for water main pipe failure in the United States. If your home was built before the 1980s, it is mostly likely that your pipes are made of clay, and in need of repair or replacement.