As Forensic Engineers we are paid for our opinions and observations of sites, structures, properties, etc. We utilize our problem-solving methodology learned in college and honed through experience.
However, there are many “tools” or “tips” we use that non-Engineers can use as well, such as:
- Look at cracks in concrete- is there paint in them? If so- they probably didn’t just occur.
- Are there previous repairs to a crack? A faint paint or spackle repair? This, too may indicate it is not recent.
- Weather Underground. This site can be used to verify the amount of rain, snow or wind on any given day. It can also be used to verify the temperature.
- The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale can be used to generally examine the extent of damage as it relates to wind speed.
- Efflorescence on a basement wall may be an indication of an ongoing groundwater or drainage issue.
- Are windows “fogged”? This may indicate the seal has deteriorated due to age.
- Is there staining on attic floors and or rusted nails? This may be a sign of condensation or moisture caused by poor ventilation.
Those are just a few of the items we look for. If you have any questions on these tips, or just need our opinion on a claim- feel free to call 732-223-1313