Those who have not had their pipes burst yet are wondering if they can have the pipes removed and replaced, and, if so, who will pay for the replacement. One reader says his Kitec pipes have burst and he wants to have his home repiped to avoid any more bursts. However, he wonders about the cost to repipe the house and the cost of housing his family while the repiping occurs.
Some readers report water damage to their home and property after their Kitec XPA pipes burst.
One lawsuit was filed in New Mexico, seeking damages for homeowners who purchased homes built with Kitec fittings. The fittings were designed to connect sections of pipe and were meant to create pipes that were flexible. They were used in water-supply lines for household drinking and tap water as well as in-floor hot-water heating systems.
READ MORE LEGAL NEWSIn 2006, a lawsuit was filed in Nevada, also concerning Kitec fittings. The lawsuit was certified class action, and represents homeowners whose homes use Kitec fittings. The lawsuit alleges that a chemical reaction occurs when water runs through the fittings that causes water to leak.
According to an article in the Review-Journal, some experts believe that all of the Kitec brass fittings will fail eventually. The article also alleges that Kitec paid for repair to a few homes when problems first occurred, but then moved from Colorado to Canada and stopped paying for repairs.
Consumers are investigating the possibility of further lawsuits regarding Kitec XPA pipes. Some are requesting compensation for damage to their homes and property while others are requesting compensation for repairs or replacement to the pipes in their home.