Just 36 hours before the Champlain Towers collapse, a contractor was there inspecting things and took some damning photos supporting the theory that the “leaking” pool may be the cause of the collapse.
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This new revelation comes after a contractor shared photos he took, which show a wet basement area and major cracks in the concrete, and significant corrosion.
The Miami Herald reported that there was nothing unusual about the lobby and pool area at the Champlain Towers South condo, which looked clean and well-maintained to a commercial pool contractor who visited the building last Tuesday, just 36 hours before the half of the building will collapse unexpectedly. Then he saw the basement garage.
And that’s when everything changed …
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“There was standing water all over the parking lot,” the contractor, who asked not to be named, told the Miami Herald. He looked at the cracked concrete and severely corroded rebar under the pool.
He also took photos, which he shared with him Herald.
The contractor visited the condo building last week to bid for the cosmetic pool restoration, as well as to price the new pool equipment, a small part of the multi-million dollar restoration project that has just started in 40 years. . Old building.
The contractor, who said he was “shocked” by the lack of “maintenance” behind the scenes, told the condo official who was with him that the situation looked dire.
Additionally, the contractor also said that the deepest pool of standing water was located around parking lot 78… which is an area of the building located directly below the pool deck.
All that dripping water for God knows how long, it could have turned the concrete to mush.
Because, in 2018, an inspection report noted that there was a “major error” in the original design and said that the failure was allowing water to enter and causing serious damage to the structural concrete slabs below.
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