CSST is an ultrathin, flexible piping used to transport natural gas within both residential and commercial structures. It was developed as an alternative to the much thicker, more durable black iron pipe that has been used to transport gas within residential and commercial structures for more than a century. CSST came into widespread use in the United States in the late-1990s, and is currently installed in millions of homes. It can create a risk of fire from an electrical arc when lightning strikes on or near the home. Tycko & Zavareei LLP currently represents a plaintiff who has brought a class action case on behalf of Maryland homeowners with CSST installed in their homes, and is investigating potential additional claims in both Maryland other states.
CSST is flexible piping, typically covered with a yellow or black “jacket,” that runs inside a home from the source of gas to the appliances within the home that use gas. The piping is often stamped with the manufacturer’s name. The major manufacturers are: Ward (which makes Wardflex CSST), Titeflex (which makes Gastite and Flashield CSST), Parker-Hannifin (which makes Parflex CSS), Truflex, Microflex, U.S. Hose and Hose Master. CSST is not always exposed to view, but can typically be found in ceiling, walls or floors running to appliances, such as water heaters, stoves, or HVAC devices.
If you believe you may have CSST installed in your home, and would like to discuss your legal rights, please contact us.