Leadfree fittings and valves
(I realize there is a lot of fittings marked as lead free, but from my understanding they are really low lead products ( 2-8% lead )
Pay it forward.
Dec 14th, 2019 4:32 pm
Dec 14th, 2019 9:07 pm
You heard wrong the legal allowable limit is a weighted average of 0.25%, 8% was the norm before the more legislation came into effect in 2014.
Dec 14th, 2019 10:29 pm
yes you are right. Is that applicable everywhere? If I look at Sharkbite site the lead free info page link to California prop 65 info. but it doesnt say if it complies with it? Watts Canada Leadfree page is a 404 ( while the US watts page leads to 0.25% statement )
Dec 14th, 2019 10:45 pm
Dec 14th, 2019 11:04 pm
is there plastic valves for hotwater? All i see are for cold water use.
Dec 14th, 2019 11:25 pm
When I spoke of the legislation I was speaking of Ontario specifically, but the same applies for all of Canada. All brass fittings sold in Canada is only allowed 0.25% weighted average of lead on fittings, and fixtures and 0.2% in solder. You won't find any brass products with 0%.Supahhh wrote: ↑ yes you are right. Is that applicable everywhere? If I look at Sharkbite site the lead free info page link to California prop 65 info. but it doesnt say if it complies with it? Watts Canada Leadfree page is a 404 ( while the US watts page leads to 0.25% statement )
So does anyone make 0% lead fittings?
Dec 14th, 2019 11:27 pm
Just use copper fittings as I suggested.
Dec 15th, 2019 2:45 pm
Dec 15th, 2019 9:46 pm
Dec 16th, 2019 9:51 pm
I think I've settled on CPVC for when I do it. From my understanding Copper is also affected by Chlorine. Our city started using chlorine a few years ago.
Dec 16th, 2019 9:59 pm
Dec 16th, 2019 10:33 pm
It is true that copper is effected but there are ways to counter act these effects, unfortunately those ways include adding more phosphate and in extact amounts and pH levels, I will however say not everyone in the industry agrees with this.
Dec 17th, 2019 1:31 am
and Brass = lead Alloy sadly.
The issue is how are you going to keep kids from drinking a bit every now and then in the shower or when brushing their teeth.
Dec 17th, 2019 3:58 am
You could do a whole home filter but that also leads to bad things, the chemicals added into drinking water like chlorine are also there to help the potable water system keep microorganisms at bay among other things which is why I never tell people to filter all water. With copper microorganism growth is kept at bay but in an all PEX system it is allowed to grow.
Dec 17th, 2019 9:08 am
Did you get your water tested? Lead testing in household water is often free for municipalities, and if it comes back with near-zero lead then your worries may be allayed without doing any plumbing work.
Dec 17th, 2019 9:30 am
Dec 17th, 2019 1:23 pm
The way testing works is you take one sample at start and another sample after a few minutes.