Do you know what plumbing pipes are used in your home? In 50 years we've seen it all. From KITEC pipes to lead pipes, we know what pipes to replace with effective alternatives. We often replace pipes in order to protect your home against potential leaks, floods, and health risks. If you are looking to replace your plumbing pipes including KITEC, PlumbBetter, IPEX AQUA, WarmRite, Kitec XPA, AmbioComfort, XPA, KERR Con-trols or Plomberie Améliorée, please click here to contact us for a free estimate.
Leaking water pipes hidden in your walls and ceilings can cause serious damage to your foundation and drastically increase your water bills if left untreated. At Sam Harb & Family Plumbing, we investigate and repair leaking pipes in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Hamilton, and Waterdown. Call Sam Harb & Family Plumbing for a free consultation and receive the family treatment.
In your home, you’ll find two separate plumbing systems. Your supply system carries fresh water into your home while your drainage system carries all waste water out. The water will enter at one location and exit through a water meter, determining how much water you have used and are billed accordingly.
If you suspect a problem with your pipes, the best thing you can do right away is shut off your main valve to temporarily stop your water supply. This prevents any plausible damage leaky pipes may be causing. Usually, your water valve will be in your basement or crawlspace. To find it, trace your way back from your hot water heater tank. Then, call your professional Oakville plumbers for further help.
Although this is useful for immediate issues, slow and small leaks often aren’t immediately noticeable. In addition to our emergency repair service, the technicians at Sam Harb & Family Plumbing also offer routine maintenance appointments to help solve and prevent future risks.
What are some common pipe problems?
Problems with your pipes can arise from poor installation, age, or external factors such as tree roots. Aging pipes face the issues of channeling. This occurs when the bottom of the pipe slowly erodes due to the constant water flow, most common with iron sewer pipes between 25-30 years old. This can cause the structures of your home, landscape, or driveway to weaken.
Do you know what type of pipes are installed in your home?
If not, we can help you assess which pipes are outdated so that you know what needs to be removed and replaced. If you are familiar with Kitec pipes then you are aware that Kitec is susceptible to bursts, leaks and has a shorter life span. Alternatively, PEX pipe is trusted by all plumbers in the plumbing industry. PEX pipes have an average life span of 50 years and are durable and cost effective. If you are looking to buy or sell a home, we will look into to the type of piping used in your home and give you the optimal solution.
Call us for a free consultation, and we can help you find the most suitable pipes for your home.
What is Kitec?
Kitec plumbing consists of flexible aluminum pipe between an inner and outer layer of plastic pipe with brass fittings. It was marketed as a cheaper and easier alternative to copper piping and sold between 1995 - 2007.
How to identify Kitec Plumbing?
Kitec plumbing can be identified by its bright orange (hot water) and bright blue (cold water) pipes, however, it was also sold in red, blue, gray and black. The pipe is also labelled with one of the following brand names; KITEC, PlumbBetter, IPEX, AQUA, WarmRite, XPA, KITEC XPA, AmbioComfort or KERR Controls.
Kitec Lawsuit and Filing a Claim
Readers please be advised this is not legal advice. There is $125 million USD set aside for Kitec claims and legal fees and the deadline is set for January 9, 2020. To learn more visit the Kitec Settlement website.
Frozen Pipes and Burst Pipes
Burst pipes are often caused by our cold, Ontario winters. When it gets cold, the water in the pipes may freeze and expand, causing the pipe material to burst. Any pipes not exposed to the heat of your home should be properly insulated to keep them from exposure to the extreme cold.
There are many reasons your pipes may be failing you. To diagnose the problem, call Sam Harb & Family Plumbing. We’re available 24/7 for any emergency repairs with a guaranteed 5-minute callback service.
You can also count on us for rough-ins that include digging a trench in your basement and laying pipes that can be used for drainage. Get in touch with us to learn more about our services.