A contractor who has done some work for me stopped into my office yesterday. He mentioned that a friend of his was able to buy up a number of Zurn Pex fittings because they are defective. According to his information, the fittings contain too much Zinc and are prematurely breaking down. I suppose any time a plumbing fitting breaks down would be premature. This contractor must have felt the need to let me know about this since he re-plumbed 2 baths and 2 kitchens in a double of mine and I’ll let you guess what he used. Heck, I use the same stuff.
Apparently, there is a class action lawsuit against the company, Zurn, but they continue to sell product. This could be a bunch of BS, but I will probably switch to the plastic fittings anyway. In fact, I purchased some bulk elbows for my last Pex plumbing project. Over the last six years, Zurn has reportedly sold more than 140 million of their brass PEX fittings.
Now, a class action suit is very often useless. The only people who collect are the attorneys. The system is a bit rigged. A judge imposes the settlement amount on the company and determines how much the attorneys receive. Guess what that judge used to be? You guessed it, an attorney. I don’t necessarily recommend joining the class action, but it will be in your best interest to stay informed.
Here is some information that was found on a forum (TerryLove.com)
Zurn may well get into serious financial damage on this one, as the potential for enormous property damage is so high.
Here is a link to an article in Blaze news.
Here is the Larson King website.
Here is a link to layers and settlements.com
Here is an article in the Bismarck Tribune about problems there.
Here is an informational website.
If you are in the same boat as I am on this one, I would recommend that you pay close attention to your own fittings (assuming they are visible). If they show the signs of dezincification, you should consider replacement.