The extent of earthquake damages to a property depends on multiple factors: the structure’s construction materials; the impact of the earthquake’s wave pattern on the structure; the structure’s size and shape; and the ground characteristics on which the structure was built. Buildings constructed from wood will react differently than structures built from masonry and/ or steel. Wood is more likely to bend during an earthquake event whereas brink and masonry are more prone to shatter. However, no matter what the structure, one constant is that all buildings will sway during an earthquake causing vertical and lateral cracks that if left unaddressed may later result in structural concerns.
Whether the earthquake caused your building to bend, break, sink, or shake, we can help you substantiate the extent of your losses and get you firmly on the road to recovery.