The sump pump is an underappreciated hero for many of us. This humble device is usually operating out of sight, but should never be out of mind.
With spring approaching, Canadians may see the warmer weather as an opportunity to maintain eavestroughs and roofs, take down holiday lights or patch up paintwork. As such, many of us will be dusting our ladders off and climbing up high. However, unintentional falls from a high level can cause significant injury.
Along with winter comes freezing temperatures, which means the potential for frozen water lines, and those can be disastrous for plumbing and sprinkler systems.
Heavy equipment isn't just used to mine gold in the Yukon, extract oil all over the world, or cut trees for the forestry industry; it also helps produce items we use daily.
Product failure is not uncommon and is usually more of an annoyance than a serious issue. However, sometimes products fail and result in serious damage or injury. These are often the product failures that warrant investigation and analysis to identify any potential subrogation opportunities. Causes of these failures are typically due to one of three issues: installation, manufacture or misuse.
Whether it is kitchens or bathrooms, we have all experienced or heard of damages to cabinets linked to humidity. As an example, let's just consider cabinet panels that swell or coating shell (veneer or thermoplastic) that delaminates. This type of degradation usually occurs as a result of long term usage, when the cabinetry components "get old". However, there are many cases where this type of millwork suffers from premature degradation. For instance, when similar damages are visible over multiple units of a building/condominium, it seems obvious that they are not independent and isolated cases.
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