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Updated: 10/02/2012 1:34 pm
Resources for homeowners who might be affected by bad brass pipe fittings.

This is from Kemp, Jones and Coulthard, one of the law firms appointed by the court to oversee resolution of the class action lawsuit against Kitec.

Other manufacturers of yellow brass pipe fittings:
  • Uponor/Wirsbo (manufacturer), product Wirsbo Aquapex
  • Viega/Vanguard (manufacturer), product Vanguard or Vanguard Manibloc
  • Rehau (manufacturer), product RAUPEX
  • RTI (manufacturer), product Plumb-PEX

Other plumbing systems with yellow brass fittings were installed in Valley homes, but these are some of the ones most commonly installed. Most of the affected fittings were installed in homes built between 1995 and 2005.

What Homeowners Should Do:
If Valley homeowners have experienced plumbing leaks they believe may be connected to the yellow brass problem, they can visit Kemp, Jones and Coulthard's website

The website contains information about the yellow brass problem, a FAQ's section (including how to find out if you have a yellow brass system in your home), the firm's contact information (702-834-8350), and a form to submit contact information and comments.

News 3 contacted most of the manufacturers and home builders associated with this issue.
Only one responded. Uponor, the company that makes Wirsbo, wrote:

While yellow brass may be susceptible to dezincification in certain water conditions, not all PEX yellow brass fittings experience performance issues resulting from dezincification.

Due to its unique design, Uponor’s (Wirsbo) F1960 yellow brass fittings have not experienced leakage failures due to dezincification in Clark County.

None of the home builders, including KB Home, Pulte and Richmond American, responded to News 3 questions.


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