This website has been established by counsel retained by homeowners to provide information about yellow-brass plumbing fittings and components. Yellow Brass is a composition of copper and zinc. The addition of larger amounts of zinc reduces the copper's natural red color and gives the brass a yellow appearance. Homeowners throughout the country have alleged that brass fittings, which contain more than fifteen percent (15%) zinc, are prone to a chemical process known as “dezincification”. In summary fashion, dezincification occurs when the high-zinc fittings and components are exposed to water and the zinc is leached from the fitting or component. This leads to a build-up of corrosion in the fitting, restricting water pressure and flow and ultimately leaving the plumbing system prone to breakage and leaking. Yellow-brass plumbing components can include fittings, shut-off valves, mix-it valves and angle stops.
Furthermore, these fittings are known to contain lead. With enactment of the federal lead-free standards, replacement of the yellow brass fittings must be done with products low in both zinc and lead.
Counsel is assisting all owners of residences in the United States that contain, or at any time contained, high-zinc fittings or components.
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