Storm, Hurricane, Flood,
and Water Damage Inspections
Licensed Engineer Expert Witnesses Serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Putnam, and Westchester
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Tropical storms, wind storms, snowstorms, Nor'easters, and occasional hurricanes are a fact of life in the New York area. Most home and building owners carry insurance to help them rebuild after a storm. But how can you determine what needs to be fixed, or if storm damage is structural?
A Professional Engineer can evaluate the storm damage to your home or building, and tell you what repairs are needed. A Professional Engineer can also advise you about areas that should be opened and checked (perhaps a wall needs to be opened to check for structural damage). A Professional Engineer may point out damage that you are not aware occurred.
Areas of a house that can be damaged by a storm include:
- The electrical system;
- The plumbing system;
- The structural system;
- The roofing system;
- The heating system;
- The hot water system;
- Floors, walls, ceilings, trim, doors, etc.;
- Kitchens and bathrooms;
- Decks, patios, fencing, and anything outside the home or building;
- Any other part of the home or building.
Heimer Engineering's Licensed Engineers inspect and evaluate the damage caused by the storm. If the repairs needed are straightforward, our Licensed Engineers give you comfort to move forward with restoring your home or building. If more major repairs are needed, then our Licensed Engineers provide a report that is a starting point in the restoration process. This will help you understand what issues you need to address with your insurance company.
Because this inspection does not generate a detailed design or repair specifications, it is clear and easy to read. The report provides a cost-effective way of educating yourself on how to best move forward.
Depending on the provisions in your insurance policy, the Professional Engineer's professional fees may be paid by your insurance company. Ask your insurance adjuster.
Superstorm Sandy is the largest Atlantic storm ever recorded. Even though Superstorm Sandy was not categorized as a hurricane when it made landfall in the New York area on October 29, 2012, the combination of the size of the storm, the wind, and flooding from the storm caused massive damage to the Metro New York area.
Most of New York's infrastructure has been restored. Many homes and buildings along the coast suffered severe damage that will take a long time to repair.
Many homes and buildings suffered structural damage because of Superstorm Sandy. In some cases, you have to decide whether to repair or replace the building. Even if repairs are possible, you may not know the full scope of repairs. Does the subflooring need to be replaced? Can the siding be repaired? Should the boiler be repaired or replaced? A Professional Engineer can help answer these questions.
The Difference Between an Insurance
Adjuster and an Engineer
After you file a claim, your insurance company will send an Insurance Adjuster. The insurance adjuster will assess the damage, decide what the insurance company's responsibility is, and assign a dollar value for repairs.
This is based on the Adjuster's experience, the insurance policy, and the insurance company's standards. A computer-based program is used to generate a long document that covers every detail of the repair. You may see items like replace hinge or adjust door handle with only a few dollars allotted.
A Licensed Engineer is not bound by any insurance company's rules or your insurance policy. The Engineer is bound by his professional responsibility, which includes considering your needs. The Engineer will tell you what needs to be done to repair your storm-damaged home or building.
The Insurance Adjuster will provide you with a long document indicating what the insurance company wants to pay for correcting the storm damage. The Licensed Engineer's report will be concise and easier to read. The Engineer's report gives you the information you need to determine if the insurance company has covered all of the damage caused by the storm.
Contact Heimer Engineering℠
Heimer Engineering℠ is happy to help you. Senior Staff members are available Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. After 5 PM, please leave a message. Messages are checked during the day on Sunday, and Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Inspections are performed seven days a week.
Heimer Engineering's℠ inspection fees are competitive with non-Engineer's fees, especially when you consider that many non-Engineers charge extra for termite inspections, swimming pools, etc.
Inspection orders are taken by senior staff members. A real estate purchase is complex and you should be able to speak with someone who can answer your inspection questions.
To set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection or to find out about Engineering services or expert court testimony email Info@heimer.com, text 888.769.6910, or call 800.605.1500. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message.
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Heimer Engineering℠ serves the Metro New York area, including New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Upstate New York (Rockland County, Putnam County, and Westchester County).
In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 911. Emergency situations need to be handled by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, shut utilities off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.
Standards of Practice
and Code of Ethics
Our Licensed Engineers substantially adhere to the InterNACHI® Code of Ethics, to Subpart 197-4 of the State of New York Code of Ethics and Regulations for Home Inspectors, the ASHI® Standards of Practice, and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®) Code of Ethics. In the event of a conflict, the Licensed Engineer uses Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence. All State of New York Licensed Engineers are bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.
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