The following is a quick update on PEX PIPING.
Research to date suggests that there are three manufacturers, namely:
1 .. IPEX
2 .. UPONOR
3 .. BOW
There are a number of products (types of piping) made by each as follows ...
1 .. IPEX .. Manufacturers of ...
A .. KITEC
B .. PLUMB BETTER
C .. WARMRITE
D .. XPA
E .. AMBIO COMFORT
F .. KERR (Manufactured by IPEX for a company called KERR).
2 .. UPONOR .. Manufacturers of ..
G .. AQUA
H .. WIRSOBO
3 .. BOW .. Manufacturer of ..
J .. SUPERPEX
KITEC and PLUMB BETTER appear to be infamous and outlawed by (seemingly) all HOME insurance companies. However, it may be important to remember that it wasn’t the PRODUCTS that were sued it was the MANUFACTURERS, Namely: IPEX and UPONOR. This brings a number of other products under suspicion.
The point I am trying to make is that as agents we should not concern ourselves entirely and only with the product names while ignoring the manufacturer’s name.
In simple terms you should take care to examine PEX piping in any home you are buying or selling and if it has been manufactured by either IPEX or UPONOR, regardless of the product name on it, you should take care to have your clients explore its insurability further.
Care should be taken not to unduly alarm the purchaser or the vendor. However, there appears to be wisdom in having them make very careful note of both the product name AND the manufacturers name and from there investigating it carefully with their insurance company.
As a foot note I will say that a gentleman with IPEX was very helpful and easy to talk with and he pointed out to me that they had discontinued all residential PEX piping products approx 5 years ago.
If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact me. Please remember that I do not present myself as any type of expert on this matter. I am simply a real estate agent who has done his best to research these products with the hope of helping my colleagues and our clients future and past.
All the best.
Ben Vallis July 27, 2015
Ben Vallis REALTOR®
Century 21 Seller's Choice Inc. The Local Experts.
Direct line .. 709 699 5714