Hurricane Damage inspections
Hurricane damage Inspections are performed by EMA engineers. In case of natural disasters including hurricane damage & water damage, a quick and coordinated recovery is key. Not only is the safety and well being of our loved ones at stake but the welfare of society depends critically on the resilience of its business community to natural disasters.
We have experienced structural engineers & forensic engineers inspectors, for hurricane damage inspections, we have witnessed first hand the severe physical, emotional, and financial impact that follows a natural disaster of this type.We at EMA are prepared to mobilize our staff of engineers, certified inspectors, and technicians to aid in the recovery process. To assist in coordinated long term recovery, our structural & forensic engineers offers the following areas of expertise.
Structural damage assessment
Repair claims ( residential & commercial)
Foundation collapse analysis
Roof damage reports after hurricane damage insepctions
Wind damage reports
Moisture damage assessments
Roof Repairs and Installation
The roofing system is one of the most vulnerable to storm damage, because so many factors can have an impact on a roof. An inspection of the roof is based on a number of key indicators, whether the roof has been hit by high winds, a downed tree, a catastrophic hailstorm, or even a lightning strike.
- A tree on the roof, or roof or wall sections that have been blown open by a storm, are some of the most obvious signs of potential damage and risk. Safety comes first, so stay out of the building until a contractor has examined it for structural damage.
- Signs of storm damage to a roof can often be evident while standing on the ground. Missing shingles, metal pieces displaced from around the chimney, damaged exhaust pipes, roof valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls, can sometimes be seen from the ground.
- Other hurricane damage inspections can be assessed from inside. The attic can be inspected for leaks or water damage. Water stains might be seen on the ceiling or walls. These all point to the need for repairs or a roof replacement.
- When on a ladder or on the roof itself, EMA professional engineers will look for excess granules in the gutters. These granules may have been loosened by hail impacts. While people hear stories of “golf ball-sized hailstones,” the fact is that most hailstones are small – yet they still can cause significant damage to the roof. And loose granules should not be dismissed or overlooked. Granules are vitally important to the functioning of the roof: They protect the asphalt coating from ultraviolet light, add coloring and beauty, and provide fire resistance after hurricane damage inspection
Hurricane Building Inspections for exteriors
While siding, stucco and brick are durable exterior finishes, they are susceptible to considerable storm damage after hurricane damage inspections Often, property owners don’t notice the damage until it’s too late to file a claim. It is important to have a property inspected thoroughly after a severe storm event.
- Vinyl Siding: It can be broken, cracked, or sections of it can be blown off in a storm. It’s important to report any damage that might have existed before a st