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Old 06-11-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Brass taps and Cancer?

I have some old brass taps that I bought with some nice towers and reconditioned the taps with all new seals. These are solid brass taps and have a nice patina to them.

I was talking to someone about them and they claimed I should replace them with stainless because they can cause cancer. Right? WTF?

I did my Google homework and the only thing I could find on brass and like everything in California it can cause cancer so not really worried about that source.

The 2nd article I found is some nickel plated brass could be a concern it the finish flakes off and leaches cadmium in the beer. They were never nickel plated so not worried again.

Last source is like all brass it has some led in it. OK I have brass fitting in my plumbing, who cares.


So to make me feel better anyone ever have a concern about using brass?


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Old 06-11-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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Chrome plated brass taps are in bars everywhere. I would not worry about it.


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Old 06-11-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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Exactly what I was thinking. Just like non-plated brass taps are in bars everywhere too.
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Something's gotta kill ya. Might as well be brass beer taps. Meh.
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Everything causes cancer these days. I read an article a few days ago about women getting breast cancer from putting their cell phones in their bras. If that's true, then where's the outbreak of brain tumors from talking on a cell phone, and hand cancer from texting? When someone tells me something causes cancer I always ask to see the medical study. Usually there isn't one.
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I think they only cause cancer in California, so you're good.
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I think they only cause cancer in California, so you're good.
exactly. Kalifornia plumbing warnings strike fear again.
Someone read a warning in a home depot faucet box and it snowballed.
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The only thing I've read about brass is lead leeching. The evidence is strong enough, for me, that I'm converting my MLT & HLT ball valves and fittings to SS.

I have a kid, and a pregnant wife. She can't drink now, but when she's breast feeding our newest one, I'd prefer to limit any possible lead exposure...that I can control.
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Old brass used to have a significant percentage of lead in it that absolutely does leach into drinking water (not just the solder, the brass itself).

Small amounts of lead aren't actually that bad for adults though. Between the vary low surface area exposed and low contact time, I wouldn't be too worried. If you were using old brass for all of your drinking water, baths, cooking etc that would be different.
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Odds are you have multiple brass faucets in your home. The kitchen sink faucet, bathroom faucets, etc. I am a plumber in Ohio and starting in 2014, the California warning will be nationwide and everything manufactured will have to be lead free. It is nothing to worry about. If you have had a drink from the tap of any faucet, it has more than likely went through brass.


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