Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have opened an investigation into cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) piping. They have reason to believe a number of major manufacturers can be sued for selling defective products in light of a growing number of complaints that the tubing and fittings can crack, leak and flood the surrounding area. Before the attorneys can take action, however, they need to hear from homeowners who experienced problems with their PEX tubing and fittings.
It is believed that some of the issues being reported by consumers are caused by one of two problems, which can be described below. Early research has suggested that these issues are not related to improper installation or overtightening, but rather a manufacturing defect.
PEX pipes are made of plastic tubing that is connected by brass fittings. It has been alleged that these fittings contain a higher-than-normal level of zinc, which, when they come in contact with water, can fail earlier than expected due to a process known as “dezincification.” This can cause a range of problems, including leaks and flooding.
It is believed that some PEX tubing may be failing due to the amount of stress placed on the brass fittings connecting the tubes. When repetitive stress is put on the fittings, a hole or notch can develop and can eventually progress to a crack or fracture.
A number of manufacturers, including Uponor, Viega, Nibco and Zurn, have already been sued over their PEX piping products. While some of these cases have settled or are still moving forward, attorneys are turning their attention to other brands to determine whether failure of the PEX tubing is an industry-wide problem.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are trying to determine whether class action lawsuits can be filed against the following companies. This list is NOT exhaustive.
We have read through complaints that detailed the following:
If you’ve had problems with PEX tubing and fittings, you may be able to take action. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are asking to speak with homeowners across the country to learn more about the problems that seem to be plaguing many PEX piping systems.
If you’ve experienced leaking, flooding or other issues, tell us about it by filling out the form on this page. Once you get in touch, one of the attorneys we work with may reach out to you directly to ask you a few questions and to explain why you may be owed money for repairs and other expenses. It doesn’t cost anything to talk to a lawyer or to contact us – and you’re never obligated to take legal action unless you want to.
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