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Just bought 14 year old 3,200 sq ft,(3-Bed,3-Bath) house & may have to work on the PEX plumbing issues. I have read a lot about class action law suits, relating to (PEX-A Pipe fracturing, especially right behind the plastic rings) & (PEX-B dezinktification failures with brass connections causing lots of water disasters over the last 20 yrs.

My problems is I can’t seem to locate information about the systems that have the newest (PEX A&B plastic tbg recipes) & better (metal/plastic) fittings technology, that should be produced to replace all the older PEX tbg & fitting issues.

There is a vast amount of failures on many message boards, with home owners telling their war stories battling water damage in ceilings, walls, floors & basements costing thousands of dollars, with leaks through their houses.

Question: How would you find out Where you can get the PEX materials that have less issues with (chlorine / chloramine ammonia) & dezinktification ) problems. There are way too many bad message board stories of PEX systems failing over the last 20 yrs, when originally the systems we suppose to be manufactured with expectations of lasting 25 to 50 years.

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    Almost every house is plumbed with pex these days. Most failures are due to improper installation. Jan 24, 2023 at 1:41
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    Brand recommendations are offtopic here, I'm afraid.
    – keshlam
    Jan 24, 2023 at 5:04
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    It sounds like you've done a lot of research. I'd suggest it would be worthwhile contacting the manufacturers and ask them about the specifics of the products they are currently producing. If the specs they provide on current products meet your standards of acceptability (based on your knowledge through research), then go with it! It doesn't really matter who makes it, right?
    – FreeMan
    Jan 24, 2023 at 16:06
  • FreeMan, yes your suggestion would probably be the best & only way to proceed. I just figured by calling their online support, I might possibly get a biased reply. Thank you for you help.
    – Oily Tex
    Jan 24, 2023 at 17:05
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    "Yes, Uponor AquaPEX piping and ProPEX fittings are covered by a 25-year transferable limited warranty. For complete details, visit our warranties page."
    – SOHR
    Jan 24, 2023 at 18:31

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It sounds like you've done a lot of research.

I'd suggest it would be worthwhile contacting the manufacturers and ask them about the specifics of the products they are currently producing. If the specs they provide on current products meet your standards of acceptability (based on your knowledge through research), then go with it!

While you might get a biased "we just want to sell stuff" answer if you ask something like "have you fixed the problems I've seen reported about ____", you're likely to get specifics if you ask "does your pipe have this and that in it?" Those questions should get you yes/no answers and you can then base your decision on those yes/no answers. If you feel you're being fed a line of "we just wanna sell pipe", well, that's a pretty good indication that this is a manufacturer you can't trust, and you should move on to the next one.

It doesn't really matter who makes the pipe, right? You just care that they've resolved the issues you've found.

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    FreeMan, yes, I get your point. Ask questions with specific directives, like 1; improvement with Chlorine tubing issues) & 2; Dezinktification improvement to stop corrosion in the brass fitting. Thank you so much for your help ! ! !
    – Oily Tex
    Jan 26, 2023 at 3:53
  • Glad that helped, @OilyTex. Having taken the tour, please use the proper way of saying thanks. I'm not looking for the magic interwebz points, it just helps others to know that there's a solution here.
    – FreeMan
    Jan 26, 2023 at 12:40
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    Took the tour, gutter done FreeMan.
    – Oily Tex
    Jan 27, 2023 at 0:23
  • Thanks, sir! Again, don't really care about magic internet points, I've already redeemed some for all the unicorns & rainbows I could want, this just keeps the wheels greased and the system working. Hope you find the info you're after!
    – FreeMan
    Jan 27, 2023 at 12:36

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