Lawsuit Investigation for CPVC Pipe Failure
Last Updated on April 30, 2020
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Anyone who had issues with their FlowGuard Gold CPVC pipes.
- What’s Going On?
- Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect in the pipes is causing them to fail and, if so, whether a class action lawsuit can be filed.
- I Had a Problem with the Pipes. What Should I Do?
- Fill out the form on this page and tell us your story. Before the attorneys can even consider filing a lawsuit, they need to learn more about the issue from people who have the CPVC pipes in their homes or businesses.
- How Could I Benefit from a Class Action?
- If a lawsuit is filed and is successful, you may be able to recover money for property damage and the cost of replacement/repairs.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed over problems reported in connection with FlowGuard Gold CPVC pipes, including leaks and premature failure. Read on for more.
What’s the Issue?
Attorneys are looking into whether the pipes have an inherent defect that makes them fail sooner than they should. It's possible that the problems consumers have experienced may stem from the resin used in FlowGuard Gold CPVC and that this may be causing the pipes to become brittle to the point where they fall apart. In fact, attorneys are looking into whether FlowGuard Gold pipes meet the American Society for Testing Materials' (ASTM) standards for strength.
What Signs Could Indicate My CPVC Pipes Are Failing?
Home and business owners may notice a slower leak; the pipes may crack and cause a wet spot on a ceiling or wall. If the pipes continue to leak, they could cause substantial damage.
The average life expectancy of CPVC pipes is typically 40 to 50 years – but attorneys are now looking into whether the FlowGuard Gold CPVC pipes are failing much sooner, possibly within a decade.
How Could a Class Action Help?
If a class action lawsuit can be filed, home and business owners may be able to receive money for:
- Any repairs they had or will need for the pipes
- Replacement of the pipes
- Loss of property value
- Damage done to the home
A successful lawsuit could also require that manufacturers of the pipes notify homeowners of the issue.
How Do I Know If I Have These Pipes in My Home/Business?
The pipes are plastic and used in both potable water and sprinkler systems. They should be clearly marked with the words “FlowGuard Gold” in black lettering on a yellow background. You may also notice the manufacturer’s name on the CPVC pipe. These manufacturers include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company
- Bow Plumbing Group
- Cresline Plastic Pipe Co.
- Genova Plumbing Products
- GF Piping
- Oatey (Solvent Cement)
- Weld-On (Solvent Cement)
Builders tend to choose CPVC pipes over copper pipes because they are easier to install.
What Can I Do About It?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of people who had issue with the CPVC pipes. But first, they need to hear from people who experienced problems, including leaks. To get in touch and share your story, just fill out the form on this page. Any information provided may help in getting a lawsuit filed.
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