Conducting in-depth research and on-site investigations when property is damaged or destroyed is one of many services Garrett’s experts offer. Whether its water intrusion, wind damage, failed water supply lines, tree root damage, foundation damage to interior/exterior cracking or any number of other property losses, Garrett’s experts can give you reliable, professional assessments and analysis to understand and resolve the issues.
Garrett’s Construction Defect Experts identify analyze, and determine whether construction defect issues may have led to property damage claims. Whether it is damage caused by an improper concrete pour on the slab, failure to install moisture barriers, poor drainage systems, and/or improper wiring, etc., Garrett’s experts can help.
Cracking Stucco and Drywall
If your client is experiencing cracking stucco and/or drywall issues, Garrett’s experts can determine the cause of the problem. By evaluating such items as soil settlement, earthquake movement, improper drainage and/or possible long-term plumbing water leak caused the loss, Garrett’s experts can help determine liability and subrogation issues.
When evaluating property damage, Garrett’s experts are often times asked whether the earth’s movement giving rise to the property damage was the result of a seismic event or was it settlement issues.
Garrett’s Fire Investigation Experts frequently investigate and analyze fire incidents involving industrial and commercial buildings, as well as single dwelling or multi-tenant residential structures. Our Fire Investigators are highly qualified and are ready and able to competently conduct the investigation needed to professionally analyze the fire and determine all the related liability and subrogation issues.
Foundation Cracking and Flooring Issues
Garrett’s experts are often asked to investigate and diagnose many foundation type issues and the causes of property damage (such as tenting or cracking of the tile floor and/or movement/cracking of the foundation). Utilizing professional investigative techniques and years of expertise, Our experts can help you understand and address these foundation issues.
Garrett’s Engineers determine if the plumbing issue/water leak were caused by failure resulting from such things as improper installation, lack of proper maintenance and/or wear-and-tear issues. Our experts even look at as such issues as irregular water pressure and whether chemicals may have been stored in close proximity to the pipes/hoses that could have resulted in their failure?
Roofing issues may arise due to a host of reasons i.e. poor construction, inadequate maintenance, weather, earth movement, etc.) When a roof fails, Garrett’s experts work to determine if the major contributor was improper construction or attachment of the roof may have been a factor. Another factor considered is whether heavy shingles, which the roof was not designed to support, contributed to the failure. In areas prone to a snow overload, hail and/or wind damage, our experts examine how these weather events contributed to the failures.
Tree and Root Damage
Tree and Root damages can cause safety issues requiring a prompt and thorough assessment of the situation and appropriate action. Garrett’s Arborists can help determine such questions as whether damages to sidewalks were caused by tree roots. Knowing what kind of tree is involved and how the tree root system expands can help determine potential liability questions. This in turn can help identify whether the roots from a particular tree damaged the concrete slab of the foundation, garage floor or even uplifted a sidewalk.
When examining water intrusions, our experts focus on pinpointing the origin of the damage by determining if a water intrusion was caused by a possible plumbing failure, improper drainage, an irrigation problem, and/or a weather event. Calling Garrett’s experts immediately after a loss will help insure you can promptly determine the origin of a water intrusion and remedy the problem quickly, efficiently, and effectively.
Wind and Weather Damage
When determining potential liability issues arising from damages caused by wind or weather, our experts evaluate whether a damaged structure meets building code requirements for resistance to high winds and/or whether the damages may be due to improper construction.