White deposits and reddish discoloration of brass

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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Hail Damage Assessment

Whether assessing a large commercial building or a single family residence for hail damage, the process starts before even stepping foot on the roof. A visual inspection of fences, mailboxes, posts, signs, wall finishes, light fixtures, and utility boxes can give valuable clues as to the size and the direction of the hail storm.  “Spatter”… Read More »

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Balcony Collapse – Waterproofing Defects

The balcony collapse at an apartment building in Berkeley, California was a reminder that waterproofing defects can possibly lead to life threatening situations. In a memorandum dated June 23, 2015, the Building & Safety Division of the City of Berkeley’s Planning & Development Department concluded, “…the deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall at… Read More »

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MOLD! Uh oh, did someone say MOLD? RUN! Yes, the word “mold” is a big buzz word in today’s litigious society. Mold is much more of a hot button topic today than in decades past. So what’s the concern with mold? Mold is symptom of a moisture problem in the building, and continued moisture problems… Read More »

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Structural Movement – Foundation Repairs

Most people have encountered or heard of structures that have experienced some kind of movement and foundation damage. If the movement and damage are severe enough, foundation repairs may be needed,   and those repairs can be costly and disruptive. While the need for foundation repairs can be associated with a variety of causes, this article will… Read More »

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