Frequent Questions

If I am repairing a pipe, fitting or fixture which was installed prior to January 4, 2014 and I need to temporarily remove it, does it need to meet the new definition of lead free after the repair has been completed?

No. The repaired pipe, fitting, or fixture does not need to meet the definition of lead free because it is not being “used in” a repair or installed for the first time or introduced into commerce. Just as a pipe, fitting, or fixture that does not meet the new definition of lead free may be repaired in place, a pipe, fitting, or fixture can be temporarily taken out of service for repair and returned to the same location without triggering the requirement to meet the definition of lead free in the 2011 Act. Any component parts used in the repair that are themselves pipes, fittings, or fixtures must meet the definition of lead free in the 2011 Act (see FAQ # 25).

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