“De-zincification” with Zurn PEX Fittings
I happened to read an old article yesterday about a serious problem with Zurn pex fittings. Apparently, over time they can lose their zinc, become corroded and weakened and fail. They call it ‘dezincification.’ During this process, the fittings can actually give off lead which leaches into the water. There was a class action lawsuit that came and went unknown by me, in my ignorant bliss.
We plumbed our home with pex in 2007 and have been so happy with it, no complaints. However, after reading this article I thought I had better check the condition of the fittings. Some of them are visible in the utility closet and they do, indeed, look like they are corroding.
Has anyone else had this problem and, if so, how did you handle it? Zurn has replaced their brass fittings with plastic ones, which don’t inspire a lot of confidence.
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