The mechanical engineers at Robson Forensic are Licensed Professional Engineers who have extensive hands on experience in the design, operation, manufacture, installation and maintenance of hot and cold domestic water, sanitary sewer, storm drainage, fuel gas, fuel oil, vent, and process piping.
They are equally experienced in fire suppression systems and equipment including wet pipe, dry pipe, residential, pre-action, deluge, standpipe systems and fire pumps. Our experts have extensive experience in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial equipment and building systems.
Investigations often involve:
- Damage caused by frozen or failed water or sprinkler pipes
- Hot water scalds
- Propane and natural gas systems
- Fuel oil piping systems
- Appliance failures involving dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters and water softeners
- Blocked and/or overflowing drainage systems
- Water heater failures, leaks and explosions
- Fire suppression system design, construction, maintenance and failure
- Fire sprinkler failure
- Design and construction defects
Robson Forensic offers local plumbing experts from many of our regional locations. Please contact your local Robson Forensic office, or the practice leader for our Plumbing group, David Caggiano, P.E., for assistance in determining the most appropriate expert to assist on your matter.
- Hot Water Scalds - Expert Introduction to Building Systems
Since 1987 Robson Forensic has investigated numerous scalding cases; as a result of these investigations, we have determined that a majority of these incidents were caused by either 1) an improperly installed or set tempering/mixing valve, or 2) an excessively high temperature setting on a water heater. Either of these conditions can result in dangerously hot water and an increased risk of scalds. In some cases a lack of proper maintenance of the water heating equipment, an improperly installed or adjusted shower valve, and/or the actions of the injured person (or the entity charged with supervising the injured person) were also factors in the incidents.
Scalding burns are a function of the temperature of the water and the length of time of exposure to the water. For more information on Water Heaters, Shower Valves, and Mixing Valves, download the linked PDF.
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- Robson Forensic Brochure
Robson Forensic has been providing high quality and professional forensic engineering, architectural, scientific and
investigative services throughout the United States since 1987. Robson Forensic provides expertise in a broad range of forensic and technical disciplines.
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