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Dezincification – Failure of Brass Components

Dezincification has become a buzzword in the forensic engineering world and the plumbing product industry. Dezincification as a contributor to the failure of brass components has seemingly become more common. But what is dezincification? To understand it, first let’s talk about brass. Brasses are a family of metal alloys whose main components are the elements… Read More »

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Stadiums Accidents – “Slippery When Wet”

High school and college football season is well underway.  School districts, colleges and spectators at these sporting events should be aware of a significant safety hazard that exists on many new and most older bleachers and grandstands.  Many high school and college bleacher and grandstand systems utilize aluminum extrusions for the walking surfaces, and many… Read More »

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Stadium Accidents – Bleachers and Grandstands

Thousands of people are injured each year by falls from and through outdoor and telescoping bleachers and grandstands. Current building codes dictate maximum opening size and railing height requirements that help minimize these incidents. But older bleachers that were built prior to adoption of these newer requirements still present increased opportunities for injuries and deaths from… Read More »

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Plumbing Supply Line Failures – Santoprene™

One of the most common product failures that WERC analyzes involves the failure of the inner Santoprene™ tubing of water supply lines. Santoprene products are a family of proprietary polymer compounds. Santoprene is a versatile polymer with a wide variety of uses and applications, including residential plumbing products; such as water heater supply lines and faucet supply… Read More »

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Common Plumbing Parts Cause Catastrophic Water Damage

If it hasn’t happened to you, you probably know someone whose home was damaged by a plumbing leak. According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses. Whether your home is brand new, decades old or just new to you, plumbing… Read More »

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