Faulty plumbing could mean legal settlement

Published: June 6, 2019

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Cottagers who’ve experienced damage due to faulty plumbing (or who are vulnerable to damage) might want to see if they’re eligible for compensation from a class-action settlement.

There’s a long list of problems caused by flooding and leaking from Kitec pipes, which were sold between 1995 and 2007. The pipes, also identified at ASTM 1281, and have also been sold under the names PlumbBetter, IPEX AQUA, WarmRite, are easily identified by their bright orange (for hot water) and bright blue (for cold water) covering, leading from hot water heaters or baseboards.

The problem is that the plumbing system can deteriorate, leading to leakage and damage. IPEX, the company that manufactures the Kitec pipes, has denied this but agreed to settle.

The recent class-action lawsuit has been settled for US $125 million.

According to a report by the CBC, Kitec pipes were widely used because they were cheaper and easier to install than the traditional copper piping. Well water is particularly hard on the Kitec pipes.

If you’ve had damage from Kitec pipes, you’re likely eligible for compensation. Claims must be filed by January 2020. Even if you haven’t suffered damage, you should still file a claim, according to the claims website. Remaining funds might be available for those who didn’t suffer damage but had to remove the plumbing. You can find out more by visiting: www.kitecsettlement.com.

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