The attorneys at Carpenter & Schumacher, P.C., have been litigating corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) claims against the manufacturers since 2003, earlier than any other firm in the entire country.
If you have suffered personal injury, loss of a loved one or insurance losses due to fires or explosions caused by CSST, call 972-403-1133 for a free case evaluation. Our firm represents individuals as well as national and regional insurance companies.
What Is CSST?
For more than 100 years, black iron pipe has been the standard and trusted method across the country for delivering natural gas and liquid propane throughout both residential and commercial structures. In 1988, corrugated stainless steel tubing was introduced in the United States as a cost-effective and safer alternative to the traditional black iron pipe. Although flexibility of this new tubing allows for far less time and skill to install, those saving come at the expense of safety.
CSST is so thin that it fails to provide protection from lightning strikes. This creates a significant fire hazard and the potential for loss of life in any structure where it is installed. Fire claims caused by lightning and other electrically induced damage to CSST have become increasingly widespread.
In terms of approximate wall thickness, CSST is equivalent to four sheets of paper. With black iron piping, the wall thickness and durability allow it to absorb an incredible amount of electric energy without failure. In fact, there has never been a reported failure of black iron pipe caused by lightning. In homes containing CSST, a direct or nearby lightning strike, and even transient household voltages, can send electrical energy surging across the home’s CSST system, puncturing the thin CSST and igniting a fire and/or causing an explosion. Even a single lightning strike several miles away can cause CSST to fail. For a homeowner or a business owner, CSST is an unproven product in terms of safety that poses an unreasonable risk or fire and/or explosion.
The biggest question for homeowners is how to figure out if CSST was the material used for gas piping in their home. CSST usually runs along floor joists, above basements, in attic spaces or to exposed appliances such as gas grills. Although it can be difficult to locate in a ceiling or in a wall, a licensed electrician or home inspector should be consulted to determine if CSST is present.
Put Our Experience To Work For You
Our lawyers have a combined 61 years of litigation experience and more than 10 years of experience representing insurance companies and individual homeowners in litigation against CSST manufacturers. We offer you the following advantages:
- We know how to prosecute CSST cases.
- We know how to identify whether a fire was actually caused due to a failure of the CSST gas delivery system.
- We know how to process a fire scene involving CSST.
- We know that it is important to maintain top-tier experts.
- We know how to recover insurance payments made to the insureds because the CSST in their home could not sufficiently dissipate the electrical charge produced by lightning or common household electricity.
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