The types of condo plumbing you’ll find in downtown Toronto buildings aren’t necessarily the same as what you’d find in houses. Depending on the age and size of the building, there could be a variety of different materials in use. Read below to find out a little bit more on the topic:
If you have this in your condo, your unit was probably built between the years 1995 and 2007, and unfortunately, finding this is bad news. Upon finding Kitec in most buildings, property management has typically enforced mandatory removal of the plumbing. “Kitec” is actually a brand name, so the plumbing system may be stamped with a few different names, but it’s still the same ineffective plumbing. Most condos in Toronto have either already dealt with the replacement of Kitec, or are at least aware of its presence and working towards swapping it out already. There is a large multi-country settlement currently in the works, so if you’re curious about recapturing some funds for the replacement cost of your plumbing, check out the website right here.
Cooper plumbing is the gold standard for plumbing as it has proven the test of time for being safe and durable. It’s not indestructible though – it is still prone to issues, since it’s metal and can corrode or have mineral build-up over time. It is still used in condos all around the city, but in order to keep costs down for builders, you may find it mixed with other plumbing types behind the walls.
PEX, which is cross-linked polyethylene, has become a favourable choice for some builders due to its ease of use (it’s flexible, after all!) and lower cost, compared with copper. PEX has an approximately 30 year history, so has a good track record over time to show that it can do the job well. The blue and red tubes make it easy to identify.
A combination of copper and PEX plumbing
In more recently constructed buildings, it’s not uncommon to see mixed use copper plumbing with PEX flexible plumbing systems for hot and cold water.
When it comes to plumbing, this is an area of expertise outside of the scope of a handy person, so it’s always best to get the opinion or skills of a licensed plumber if ever you’re in need of plumbing service. For other odd jobs however, feel free to reach out to me for help right here!