Evaluating Structural Damage After a Wildfire

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There’s a primary danger and fear experienced by property owners evacuated from the path of a raging wildfire – will my home or business be there when I return? Whether a structure emerges relatively unscathed by fire or with extensive damages, questions may arise about how to address damages. Let’s take a look at how fire damage affects common building …

Ask an Expert: Wildfires

DonanEngineering Ask an Expert, Engineering Manager, Fire Investigation, Fire Investigator, Fire Manager, Forensic Engineer, Forensic Engineering, Knowledge Base, Principal Consultant, Residential & Commercial Structure Fires, Structural Damage & Collapse

Ask An Expert is a question-and-answer column designed to address common questions related to forensic investigation and property damage. Each month we’ll feature one or two questions submitted by you – our readers and customers – and provide detailed, easy-to-understand answers. Email your questions to [email protected] or submit your questions here.   Q: How far away from a structure should trees be cleared to protect the …

Estimating Hail Size from Radar

DonanEngineering Forensic Engineering, Hail and Wind, Hurricanes & Flood, Knowledge Base

Weather research is a key ingredient in forensic engineering investigations, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Forensic engineering considers all data relevant to a specific scope of work, and weather research is a key ingredient in that data set.  Determining the hail size, direction of impact, and date hail occurred are important in every hail study.  Weather data helps …

Ask an Expert: Construction Defects

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Ask An Expert is a question-and-answer column designed to address common questions related to forensic investigation and property damage. Each month we’ll feature one or two questions submitted by you – our readers and customers – and provide detailed, easy-to-understand answers. Email your questions to [email protected] or submit your questions here.   Q: Is there any benefit to completely sealing a crawlspace and creating a dry …

Ask an Expert: Repair versus Replace

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Ask An Expert is a question-and-answer column designed to address common questions related to forensic investigation and property damage. Each month we’ll feature one or two questions submitted by you – our readers and customers – and provide detailed, easy-to-understand answers. Email your questions to [email protected] or submit your questions here. Question #1: Does wood framing that has been heated up and has sapped out on the …

To Hire an Engineer or Use a Prescriptive Detail

DonanEngineering Forensic Engineering, Knowledge Base

When confronted with a building project, a contractor has a decision to make – to hire an engineer, or to use a prescriptive detail. Confronted with the extra costs involved in hiring an engineer, it is tempting for the contractor to forgo that step and go forward without an engineer.  The temptation is increased when the structure is something as …

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irma

DonanEngineering Hurricanes & Flood, Knowledge Base

The 2017 hurricane season was record breaking on several levels, and Hurricane Irma was one of the major players. Hurricane Irma first made landfall as a Category 4 on Cudjoe Key, Florida, then made a second landfall on Marco Island, Florida, as a Category 3 storm. Tropical force winds impacted the entire state of Florida, as well as Alabama, Georgia, …

Ask an Expert: Blasting & Earthquake Damages

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Ask An Expert is a question-and-answer column designed to address common questions related to forensic investigation and property damage. Each month we’ll feature one or two questions submitted by you – our readers and customers – and provide detailed, easy-to-understand answers. Email your questions to [email protected] or submit your questions here. Question #1: Where can you research who is blasting in the area? Russ Zeckner, P.E., …

Litigating a Large Fire Loss

DonanEngineering Fire Investigation, Fire Investigator, Forensic Engineer, Forensic Engineering, Knowledge Base, Litigation Support, Residential & Commercial Structure Fires, Vehicle & Equipment Fires

Choose the Right Captain for Your Expert Team By: Emily Faith, JD, Account Executive – Litigation Support When you represent a Plaintiff or a Defendant in a fire case with a large value or exposure, you may need a team of experts to present your case or defense on issues of liability.  You will absolutely need the best available fire …

Ask an Expert: Inspecting Damages After a Hurricane

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Ask An Expert is a question-and-answer column designed to address common questions related to forensic investigation and property damage. Each month we’ll feature one or two questions submitted by you – our readers and customers – and provide detailed, easy-to-understand answers. Email your questions to [email protected] or submit your questions here.   Question #1: With regards to boat docks, how do you differentiate between wind damage …

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Ask an Expert: Subrogation & Fire Investigation

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Ask An Expert is a question-and-answer column designed to address common questions related to forensic investigation and property damage. Each month we’ll feature one or two questions submitted by you – our readers and customers – and provide detailed, easy-to-understand answers. Email your questions to [email protected] or submit your questions here. Question #1: With the initial call and contact to investigate, would you request the property be …

Investigating Water Heater Failures

DonanEngineering Appliance, Product & Component Failures, Component Testing, Forensic Engineering, Knowledge Base

By far the most common water heater type found in American residential housing is a gas or electrically heated storage tank type.  These are relatively simple appliances and generally operate successfully day-in and day-out with little maintenance or thought.  However, like any appliance, they eventually fail and often an engineer is needed to explain why. Water Leaks Although water heaters …