FLORIDA – Lawsuit alleges faulty fire sprinklers in Miami high-rise condo buildings
CCFJ.NET: Lawsuit alleges faulty fire sprinklers in Miami high-rise condo buildings
Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald
By David Ovalle
Published December 6, 2015
At least two high-rise Miami condos are among many that used faulty and potentially dangerous plastic pipes in fire sprinkler systems — a problem that was covered up for years — according to a newly filed federal lawsuit.
Lawyers for condo associations at the Wind Condominium and Latitude on the River buildings are suing a dozen manufacturers, suppliers and distributors behind the sprinkler systems.
According to the complaint, pipes made of “chlorinated polyvinyl chloride ” or CPVC, were popular in fire sprinkler systems during a nationwide building boom that started around 2005. But the pipes contain a resin that breaks down easily when combined with other common building materials, the suit contends, leading to leaks, cracks and a loss of pressure. Read more: