Unfortunately, Kitec piping that has annexes of brass fittings contain large amounts of zinc, which breaks down when exposed to oxygen and moisture in a process called dezincification.
Normally, a hot water boiler is set at a high of 170°F, Kitec was certified to operate at a maximum temperature of 180° F. But there are certain cases in which the coil that heats the water off the main boiler disintegrates and decreases water temperature — causing homeowners to increase the hot water system’s temperature beyond its capability.
Given the information above, it is highly suggested that a Kitec plumbing replacement is done, as Kitec fittings along with the piping conditions worsen overtime.
The assumed expenditures to retrofit every suite with new “L” Copper/Uponor PEX pipes can vary depending on a one-bedroom unit, two-bedroom units or 2+ bedroom units, ranging from $5,000 to $6500 of their cost for small homes and up to $10,500 for larger properties.
Drywall finishes and the plumbing portion are inclusive in the prices, except for finishes where tiles may have to be removed to access the piping.
The estimated time may take 3 full days for larger properties, or between 9 to 12 months for an entire building. For residential properties, furnishings may have to be placed away from the work areas during a Kitec plumbing replacement, but homeowners need not move out.
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