According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), severe weather caused nearly 90 billion dollars in damage in 2017. The three leading causes of this enormous amount of damage were floods, hurricanes, and hail. Other causes of weather-related damage include extreme cold and high winds.
While storms cause billions of dollars of damage to property throughout the United States each year, sometimes property owners and unscrupulous contractors allege storm damage as an easy way of passing off the cost of repairs to another party. At other times storms can bring out flaws in the design and construction of a facility.
VMAR engineers thoroughly analyze and document the alleged storm damage. We then examine the damage to determine if it is consistent with the damage pattern seen from that type of storm (e.g., rain, wind, hail, snow, lightning). We also examine the damage area for compliance with applicable building codes and for evidence of poor workmanship, improper design, or age-related wear that could have affected the structural integrity of the building.
When You Need to Know . . .
- Is the damage to the property consistent with the storm?
- Was the storm damage loss exacerbated by poor workmanship?
- Was the structure properly grounded?
- Was the property designed and constructed to withstand the storm?
Detail of Storm Damage Investigation and Analysis Service
- Review and evaluate case file
- Review approved construction plans, construction inspection reports, O&M reports, and scope of work for available architect, engineer, and contractor contracts
- Determine "as designed", "as-built", and "existing" conditions
- Research and analyze applicable building codes
- Analyze patterns for consistency with typical damage from rain, wind, hail, snow, lightning, etc.
- Investigation of sources of external water, such as roof, windows, equipment penetrations, skylights, walls, clogged gutters / downspouts, flashing, etc.
- Investigation of sources of internal water, such as burst pipe, burst water heater, malfunctioning valve, etc.
- Investigation of installation of moisture barriers and weatherstripping
- Determine effects of overuse or improper use, along with effects of age, weathering, and environmental conditions
- Preparation of a fully detailed written report
Our 21 Day
In the world of claims adjusting we know that you usually have only a 30-day window in which to determine the merits of a claim. That's why we promise to handle your assignment and get the completed report into your hands within 21 calendar days.
And we back our promise with this guarantee:
If we do not get your assignment completed within 21 calendar days, then we cut your cost in half.