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Analysis Garage Video BEFORE Condo Collapse: Water Everywhere

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hi everyone today we’re continuing our series of videos on the champlain tower south condominium collapse in the miami town of surfside florida now in the previous video we showed you the root cause analysis of what we think caused the collapse of this condominium based on all of the videos we pulled together the reports the floor plans that we looked at and other factors as well as several photographs around the collapse site so today folks what we have for you is we got two videos that have surfaced in recent days that were shot by people who were in the garage of the champlain tower south condominium these videos show a scary and haunted into the water damage on the floor and the ceiling damage up above before it collapsed so one of them was shot last summer and another one was shot three years ago right around the time that they got that now famous engineering report so let’s go ahead and take a look at these two okay so a couple of days ago on july 7th this woman posted this video here that she shot at the champlain tower south while she was visiting the unit there last july so this is about a year ago that she posted these and so she’s given her explanation here she says i took this video while visiting unit 611 with a realtor so she was probably interested in buying it also i will put a link to this video in the description down below so that you can go and see the whole video i’m only going to basically concentrate on the garage portion because she was filming trying to find the parking space down there so she basically did a tour of the lobby and everything this was a nice building too she went down to the garage here to try to find where her parking space was so this is the part i want to concentrate on and show you some very alarming scary shocking things here okay so we’re going to start off with this map here now i got this from moribito from the released drawings so this is the basement parking plan and this drawing was made it looks like april 26th of this year what i’ve done here is this is the slide that i used in my previous video that if you haven’t seen it you gotta go check it that’s that’s where we gave you uh my answer of what i think was the root cause of what caused this entire collapse and i built a timeline leading up to that but basically what i did here was this blue oval is where the pool contractor who came in and visited the pool equipment room here 36 hours before the collapse saw water here i wish he had gotten a picture he never did he’s probably kicking himself for not doing 78 is what he indicated and then this oval right here is encasing the one two three four five columns are the ones that i predicted in the previous video are the ones that collapsed which caused this entire this is the part of the building that collapsed right around here it went up against the shear wall and it broke apart from here very cleanly and then kind of went in an angle like that but this whole area the reason why i have these three marked off is if you look at this photograph from the miami-dade fire department and the pool is right over here about 30 feet over to the right so we’re looking here you see 72 and 73 and then you can see 42 right here all of these white columns these are down in the garage so this upper deck and the pool deck has collapsed down on top of the cars in the garage that’s why these did not drop all the way they only dropped about six feet but that was the roof of the garage right there the ceiling power point that i’m doing here there’s 72 there’s 73 and here’s 42 and 41. remember that post that said 42 on it is right here let’s come back and take a look see 42 so space 41 is right here so that’s where we’re getting our baseline for everything here okay so now we find ourselves in the garage and i’m just going to step through frame by frame so she’s starting out it’s a little fuzzy because she wasn’t holding the camera all that steady but look at this i can see water already right here and the rest of these might just be little chunks of concrete taken out it’s really hard to tell because it’s so blurry but you can’t mistake the water there and i think she’s at 107. let’s see if it gets any clearer so note to self people whenever you’re walking around filming something try not to pan too quick you want to hold the camera steady and just let it float so i think this is going to clear up right around here 106. yeah so she’s this is 105 106 107. and look i’m seeing water pooling back here and then over here so let’s go take a look at where that is on the chart here the parking garage parking chart so we were looking at 107 106 105. so i’m gonna copy this guy let’s take this guy and copy him over here so we saw a little bit of water over here and we saw a little bit of water that’s where we have water so far okay as we step a little more something here catches my eye that’s very suspicious i’m trying to figure out what in the heck is this is this some kind of a patch is it a it doesn’t even look like it was ever meant to be any kind of light fixture because it’s crooked whatever it is so i’m having a hard time coming to terms with what is this thing but all i know is there’s water below it so i don’t know if this was some kind of a handyman patch so this is something to note right we found something we didn’t like a little patch job okay so right off the bat i didn’t like that so far the columns look okay i don’t see any of the damaged columns i would really like to know which ones were in that engineer’s report so now she’s turning the camera she’s panning over here we’re passing space 104 [Music] okay so now as we approach this red colored post here on the bottom that’s space 54 and as you can see as we get closer you’re going to see there’s water on the floor there too right here is water and i don’t know if there was some left over here too and i think there’s some back here against the back wall here so here on space is 52 and 53 that’s right in the middle there let’s go take a look at where that is 52 and 53. yeah she was walking over here and starting to turn this way so i’m going to copy in a little piece of water here right there and then we also saw water back here too by the bumpers so now you can see the areas where we’ve seen water so far every picture tells a story doesn’t it every frame so now let’s move on and notice on the ceiling here you’re seeing a lot of peeling of paint and that usually says to me that there’s a lot of humidity in there that’s usually one cause there could be other causes but a lot of humidity will do that with paint or if there’s water coming down on the paint from up above see and then over here i don’t know if that’s water on the ceiling because it looks really shiny or if it’s just reflections so we don’t really know the quality of the paint there i would have really liked to have been there and gotten 4k video but look at this between 50 and 52 you got water here and it’s running down i don’t know how wet this is here but it looks like it’s at least pooling here and i don’t know if it was running here or not and i see cracks here on the floor right there so we have more water between 50 and 52. so i do want to make sure i put this other one here that we saw and then we see there was another one the one we were just talking about right there 50 to 52 so we’re seeing a lot of water down in this area here and the street is basically right here collins avenue is over here okay now she’s starting to pan up so now it’s becoming evident where the water is it still looks kind of moist in this area you can see that you can see it right there the water is just slowly trickling down there okay now let me remind you folks that this was taken a year ago july of 2020 this is how the water looked then this does not exactly speak to how the water looked the week and the day of the collapse so keep that in mind as you’re looking at these images here don’t just think oh this was how the water was set up at that all right so she’s stopped in front of space 52 and so she’s kind of panning back now like what’s going on here all right so i jumped a little bit here to get past her panning okay so after playing around with this thing for a minute or two you can see here she’s looking down at column 59 and then i think that last space is 60 and 61. let’s go check and see here she’s looking right here 60 is the last space there was column 59 right there so she was kind of she stopped here turned around and was looking back this way and you can see there’s still more stalactites and hanging chips of paint and stuff like that all over the place there which sort of coincides where where the water is on the floor but i still don’t see any of those damaged columns that he was talking about in the old engineering report alright so now she’s turning the camera back a little ways she’s not doing much there i’m gonna go ahead and jump it up a bit she’s just kind of going back and forth in that little area there there’s nothing really happening now i’m going to stop here because right here at space 55 is where you can see all of these stalactites hanging down see if we can get them to show up any clearer seen overall just a lot of peeling on the thing there on the ceiling so this is the part that really caught my eye so i believe this is space 55 here and this is space 54. what in the world is this this just looks like the worst handyman patch in history i have no idea what they were trying to do there maybe they were trying to redirect water from dripping on the cars but you know it just shows and i’ve been telling people this for years folks if you don’t tell water where to go it will make up its own mind and it always picks the most expensive course of action and you can see there’s water pooling right here so that’s at 54. let me make sure we have that on there right here so i’m going to put a big uh red flag thing over there because that’s where we saw the patch on the ceiling this was right directly below that ground level parking deck and then we saw more water there between 53 and 54 that we didn’t see before i’m gonna turn it this way so i don’t know if those patches were causing the water to redirect like that but that’s where that patch is very strange looking i’ve never seen anything like that okay and that seems to be where there’s a lot of stuff going on on the ceiling there you see all that water on uh what i think is space 53 on the left all right so now she’s gonna zoom up here maybe take a look a closer look at the ceiling yeah so you have a lot of paint chips and stuff there here’s your stalactites okay so now we know exactly where these are here okay so it looks like at some point i don’t know if these came later if somebody added these pvc pipes later uh they did use primer as you can tell which is required by code now right here you can see the rebar poking out so this is like directly opposite that space there let’s go see where that is i’m going to make this copy here so it was kind of like right over here so that coincides actually where we saw those leaks on the floor there so i’m going to put it right here opposite 53 because that’s where she was standing and turning around so you see how just by knowing the layout here of the garage and where she’s going we’re starting to map out where all the water damage was and where all of the leaks appear to be okay so she’s standing in the this is right over the main driving area right in front of space 53 looks like and just look how how you have stalactites forming here i don’t even know what these if these are bolts or if they were bent rebar or what or if there was something here at some other point in time i can’t even tell what that is it’s just it’s not really clear enough but this is clear enough you can see the exposed rebar right there and how at some point patches were made i don’t know if this is the spot that the engineer mentioned uh frank morabito in his report back in 2018 where he said he saw you know things like this with bad epoxy repairs but look at this they did not sand this down you see that so this is a uh this is usually how you tell like the handyman specials they call them not to not to cut down really on handymen but um you know some handymen know what they’re doing some don’t and they’re not construction people and they don’t usually know the codes and and stuff like that and you know you really need to see in these down and this may or may not be the one that morabito pointed out in his report because he did say there was a bunch of new cracks spreading out from the repair which i don’t see here so it might have been in another spot and that was bad if it’s adding more and more cracks for more and more water to come through but you can see this thing goes on for several feet here so you can see where she is he’s right in front of space 66 so let me just make sure everything’s adding up here yeah she was kind of a lot of it was in this area here so we might have been a little bit more towards this way she was probably walking a little so i’m just going to kind of do it like that and say that’s the area where we were at so as we look here now and we have our bearings we know exactly where we are at that looks like a previous patch somewhere and i don’t know what this stuff is here see a hole there don’t know what that is you see a lot of peeling going on in this area i can tell you i’ve been in parking garages and haven’t seen stuff like this that’s a very high humidity environment in that garage yeah they really should have implemented some sort of system there to mitigate that like for example dehumidifying until they could figure out what was causing it okay so now she’s turning back towards this is the vestibule here where the elevators are she’s turning back there you’re seeing more of the peeling here and then right here i’m not so sure if this is considered spalling it looks more like delaminating of something i don’t know it’s hard to tell again when stuff is this blurry you really can’t see what’s going on there but see just looks like patches were made all over the place like there was a crack here where patches were made so i don’t think she was necessarily focusing on any of this stuff i think she was just moving her camera up and down and all over like most people do when they’re walking or standing around i mean you know the average person doesn’t use the best photographic techniques when they’re filming things and same with video okay so she’s look oh so let me let me just back this up a little bit right there okay so we’re standing in front of 52 and we’re looking straight down towards the end you see this wall right here and that wall right there this is the swimming pool this is the part that a lot of people didn’t understand what i was saying in the other video the swimming pool is not above ground the swimming pool is below ground and the deck of it is the ceiling of the garage here so what you’re looking at here on the other side of these two walls is the water of the swimming pool beautiful blue water is right here if you go over here to the right that’s the entrance to where the pool contractor took those now famous pictures even though i don’t think if you’re looking in these pictures here that’s the part that the contractors that were already starting to work on the property this is the part that they opened up and started to excavate part of that beam there to reveal that rebar sticking out there so we don’t think this caused anything because the pool was completely intact and we talked about this in the previous video as well all right so let’s continue moving on let’s see where she’s going she’s gonna turn left here now i think and start heading over towards the vestibule but as i look down the the parking garage here i can see there’s more water pulled over here and some over here which she’s gonna walk by in a minute so just look at that ceiling man so i still don’t see any weakened columns okay so now we’re at space 103 and let’s see where that is on the drawing she’s walking right here now she’s kind of walking back up this way trying to find what i believe is space 17 is i think what she was looking for yeah see so there’s space 102 there’s the glass lobby the vestibule there’s your two elevators so everything looks actually pretty clean and dry in this part right here i don’t see anything that would give me any concern right now unless i missed something see this right here that’s a mission connector so they must have done some repair on these pvc pipes a lot of repairs over the years because you wouldn’t need one of these here unless you were doing a repair some people call these fern cos but they’re basically rubber adapters to allow you to connect one pipe to another when you can’t take everything apart so going past the vestibule i don’t really see anything there that gives me any concern all right she’s panning back now and we’re gonna kind of walk in between the the pillars over here in a second [Music] okay so now we’re going to take us right around the corner here and we’re heading over towards our favorite spot number 78 where the guy said that he saw the water pooling okay now let’s see what happens as we get right over in here we’re gonna see in between these two cars you’re gonna see some water right there okay i switched to a highlighted mouse here for a second because i know on the previous video some people complained that they couldn’t see the cursor very well but here’s that water that i believe is in front of space okay yeah so we’re in front of space 48 which is right here so you can see we we seem to be having a lot of water leakage in this area and it seems to be coming from the ceiling and i don’t see it coming up from underneath so that was a theory that a lot of people had that they were leaking in all sorts of sea water into the garage from underneath but i’m not seeing it coming in from there it looks to me like everything’s dripping off the ceiling oh and newsflash too people check this out nobody else has pointed this out so i will point it out to you if you look at that tan column on the right side of the image that is parking space number 48 so this is where the pool deck sheared right over this part it just collapsed cleanly right that’s i mean remember we’re only basing it on what we can see here on this fuzzy video all right so now she’s moving over and over moving closer towards the pool now there’s space 46 and so far as far as i can tell all of these columns look good and you know what’s funny is right i guess that’s her friend or whoever was with her this i believe is the space 78 so let me show you where where she’s standing right now because this is crucial she’s standing right here right now and that guy i believe was standing right here because he was right near near that column there and we keep coming so close folks but not close enough to see the exact spot that i really wanted to see the most and you can see there’s a lot of see this is it right here there’s space 77 and 78 and i’ll show you where we’re at in a second as soon as we can get a nice clear shot of what’s going on and there’s water right there see that this was a year ago and it’s right in front of space let’s see it’s the third space in so it’s right next to 78 79 right so let’s add another thing of water that’s apparently where it looked like it was showing up right there so that’s interesting that there’s water there too but look at all the what’s happening on the ceiling right above these spaces that’s just kind of interesting that’s more like space 79 you got some noticeable artifacts on the ceiling there see that it’s really hanging down good there let me see now you can see everything crystal clear okay so i’m going to step us forward here a bit so here’s something interesting this guy in space number 78 has a cover over the car so i’m kind of wondering why would you need a cover over your car in a garage unless you’re having stuff leaking down on it why is there a cone back here in the garage so these are kind of little little things i noticed that i question and make me go hmm and this wall back here is the pool [Music] this part survived the collapse so everything that collapsed happened back over this way so let’s go back into the drawing and look for a second here at the parking garage see so as we look at the picture here when we try to identify these spaces that we’re looking at this is 77 78 79 77 78 79 and then those other three are 76 75 74. so if we come back and look at our picture here we know this is 72 and 73 right so 74 and 75 are here so this fireman with the dog is standing right on the spot where we just showed you spaces 77 78 and 79 all three in a row right here so that it’s right at the epicenter and you could see isn’t it interesting how that’s one of the columns that gave way you notice how all these others are standing it was a punch through shearing type of a failure here but that column right here went down of course that may have been toppled by the rubble pile that’s the roof of the third part of the building that fell on the right hand side and on our previous video about the root cause of the collapse a lot of people saw this toyota supra and many people left comments lamenting no not the supra no okay so now we’re getting a much better clearer view of the water that’s pulled over here and then here’s the pool we’re really close to the pool now so you know this pool was built forward tough folks because i cannot i cannot believe that it did not burst or or even have too much debris even land in it from the collapse but see right here like what the heck did they do up here on the ceiling right in this spot and there’s that cone again so we’re getting closer to the cone [Music] so it could be some of these columns might have been repaired i just don’t know some of this paint looks fairly recent i mean it just looks like it’s in pretty good shape that those yellow stripes so again all in this general area a lot of flaking damage on the pool and i’ll show you where that is on our jar we’re she’s standing right here now because she’s about to approach space 27 right here so let’s go take a look at that she’s pointing i think she sees her space i don’t think she’s pointing at the ceiling she sees her space i got it 17 okay [Music] over here i’m wondering what this is though is this a pipe just hanging out of the ceiling there what is that it’s kind of interesting yeah so here you can see the pillar for 26 and this would be space 27 so let’s go take a look here because we’re right at the bottom of the ramp there’s 14. so we come over here there’s 26 27 and 14. so everything is matching up so far and then there’s the ramp see so remember these are the columns that i think failed right here at spaces number 84 86 88 14 and here at 16. these are the five that i think failed and we’re staring at them right now let me bring it back up here’s two of them these two are the wasn’t among the the first group of five columns that failed right here okay and we’re going to pin around on the left and see some more so i guess 17 is what she called out i think that’s the space they were looking for when they were searching the garage now if she pans over here and there’s the ramp coming down from the this is the ramp coming down from 88th street on the north side of the building and you can sort of see it’s kind of bright but there it is the gate is closed right so this is the view that we saw on that now famous tourist video that i showed you on our previous video and here it is enhanced where she was videoing from across the street at the hotel that they were staying at seven minutes before the collapse and that pipe that’s hanging down that’s that’s dripping gushing water is i’m not sure it’s hard to tell from her tourist video but i think it might be this pipe or maybe one of these other ones over here closer if it’s part of the fire sprinkler system and i i doubt that it is because it looks like they have their own unless they’ve made patches over the years but uh whatever it was it was gushing water and from the tourist video you could see all of the debris that was here on the floor right at the bottom of the ramp it was you could see it pretty decently in her video and then look at the spalling and the chunks that are taken out of the floor of the ramp here just it was a pretty bad shape all right so now she’s painting over now she’s going to pan back a little bit it’s kind of eerie to think you know that here you are looking at these columns these are two that i think failed first by the way if those were sprinkler pipes and they burst they might set off the alarm okay she’s kind of just not doing much with the camera she’s panning back now see what kind of view we can get back this way i want to know why that cone is there i don’t know if there’s a hole there or something or what or maybe that’s just where they store it i think there’s another cone right over here so there’s definitely something going on down there this was a year ago this was before i think they started anything not sure all right so here we go she’s painting over and this was one of the other columns i believe that collapsed one two three and then there’s two more over the left that collapsed and so now she’s standing in front of space 88 and this looks like i don’t know if there was water here too or what between 88 and 87 and then she very rapidly zooms back like she came so close to turning around i wanted to see the back side of space 78 so i’ll show you where she’s standing right now and see all these cracks here by the way okay i’ll show you where she’s standing right this very second she’s standing like right here and she was kind of painting left to right over here looking for her space number 17. and we captured what we saw remember i showed you it looked like there was more water on the floor right in that area where where i said it looks like there was water so there’s something just very suspicious about this whole area so this is why we think like i mentioned in the other video the previous video to this one on our root cause i think that the whole pool dug just collapsed here just because there was so much water dripping down off of that pool deck and getting through the concrete and making all those cracks and and it just weakened the concrete and once that pool deck falls down it can start to take out a couple of these columns you know like a sideways type of a shear now that we’ve populated all of the water areas that we saw there this yellow zone is sort of approximation of the part of the pool deck that collapsed down into the garage now we know based on the photos that we looked at that it’s sheared right here it’s space number 48 and here it’s it’s not it’s not going to be a perfect rectangle it actually kind of goes off at an angle like this because the hot tub was sort of intact it just kind of cut around the hot tub and went off like that so but this is your general area of where that pool deck collapsed and this is why we were hypothesizing on the previous video that as it collapsed and you had all these poke through shearing failures and that it possibly weakened or completely collapsed some of these other columns we just don’t know but all you got to do is lose the first couple and that’s it first two or three is all it really takes to make the first part of this building start to lean down the building sits right on top of this okay so now she’s just panning down the row here looking her spots over here 17 and so i see some kind of craters here i don’t know if those are craters or or what but that’s sort of what it looks like you’re seeing a lot of these here big crack right here i don’t know if that was fixed or not but it’s kind of interesting that this crack happens to be right where these guys feel and i don’t know if this is another one here too kind of making me question but you know when i look in this in this particular area i don’t really see any noticeable water stuff up there there doesn’t seem to be any water problems over here and in fact i don’t know where the previous maintenance manager claimed they were having all of those water issues in the garage back in the 90s when he worked there and he said that they used to have to pump it out and change the pumps every year because they would burn out trying to keep up so i don’t see where that could have been so we gleaned a lot of information from this so now let’s take a look at the other video that we have of the garage okay now this next garage video was tweeted out by channel 4 who got this video from the lawyer of raza rodriguez who back in 2018 shot this video in the garage to show her homeowners association everything she saw so let’s take a look at this it’s a short 44 second video but after it’s done we’ll go through and analyze just the bits that showed some of the damage and what we noticed [Music] give me a second wait a second go around the other way so right here you can see the water dripping off of the pipe now what we don’t know at this point in time is this pipe the source of the leak or is the water coming from above on the ceiling and just running down the pipe so we don’t know that but we do know that water is currently here and as i look at this this looks like a 90 degree fitting here and what i see on here that i don’t like is it looks like some type of patch or repair had been done on it and it looks like it’s most likely mastic i see so many handymen do this they think that mastic is like the cure to everything it does not fix leaks and in fact you should never use it for leaks at all you should just fix the leak instead of trying to mask it up with a band-aid but it looks like you know this is not a natural fitting that we can see here right and then it has dripped onto the top of this box so this is a some type of electrical panel box and so that says to me that this parking space is likely somewhere in the center of the core and i’ll show you where i’m talking about i think it’s got to be she must have been somewhere in this area because this is where electric would likely be it could have been maybe on one of these other walls but i’m i’m assuming most power and everything is going to be concentrated right around here where there would be a panel to shut something off so so i could be wrong but that would be my best educated guess so as we continue on through the video you can just see how much of the rust here has really collected this had been going on for some time and just it’s just really dragging everything down here all that rusty metal is dripping down and i see a number of things here too so right here this is not clipped into place so somebody has done some work here on this panel also and did not clip this back into place so i’m speeding it up a little bit here so you can just see how it runs down on the ground and then you know they got that bucket there the bucket’s useless because the water is running right here on the wall and landing on the curb but the buckets in front of the curb so i don’t know how in the world they expect to capture any water in it unless it’s there’s other leaks up there on that ceiling that are coming down that we didn’t see here so she’s showing water on the ground but i wanted to show you what we see right over here when we look across the parking garage so here you can see water pulled in front of her this parking space here and wherever it is she’s up against a wall somewhere see but look there’s water here water here water here these might even be gouges in the concrete it’s hard to see i wish she had shot it horizontally and i wish she had taken a lot more video and shown us the pillar numbers on there so we could see what parking spaces we were looking at and she comes around the back side of the car and there’s more water right there you can see it’s starting to reflect in the light and then she’s painting up more towards the front there’s a lot more water up at the front and notice how this pool of water here you have water dry and then water back at that back wall where we saw the pipe leaking how is it pooling over here is there another spot on the ceiling here that’s dripping down on here or did it somehow run down from the wall and work its way over here and pool so that we don’t know i would have liked to have seen some video from underneath the car now on our next video we’re going to tackle the top 12 or so possible answers that people always ask could it have been this could this have been the cause could that have been the cause we’re going to examine all of them and either prove them or debunk them so thanks for tuning in on this one folks and we’ll see you on the next one


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