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In the Lab With Origin and Cause: Plumbing Component Failures

October 5, 2016

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Homeowners often cite fire as their number one concern. However, water damage accounts for over 40 percent of all home insurance claims, amounting to billions of dollars paid out every year. One of the most common causes of water related loss is indoor plumbing failures, which can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs and property damage.

For this webinar, we will begin by staging a water loss due to a component failure, and proceed to take you through the entire forensic process. We will examine why and how the component failed, and then explore key factors in pursuing subrogation.

We will be using specialized lab equipment, including the Keyence VHX-5000 Digital Microscope, to better demonstrate common causes of failure:

  • Corrosion
  • Plastic coupling fractures
  • Brass fitting fractures
  • Over tightening of connections
  • Faulty installations
  • Auto-shutoff connector failures
  • Material degradation


Recommended for:

  • Insurance adjusters
  • Lawyers


About the Speaker

Eduardo Mari, Forensic Engineer, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Eduardo is a professional materials and metallurgical engineer with a Masters Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the State University of New York. With 15 years of experience, he has led over 500 forensic and failure investigations. He is currently a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).

George Costandi

Our discussion will once again be moderated by George Costandi. George leads marketing and sales at Origin and Cause. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s marketing and sales strategies. He also acts as a liaison between clients and internal operational staff, ensuring that the highest standard of client relations and product quality is delivered to our business partners.