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Fire Damage

Fires in buildings and structures affect both structural and non-structural building components. For structural components, evaluating fire damage requires knowledge of high temperature effects on components such as wood, structural steel, light gauge steel, reinforced concrete, post-tensioned concrete, and reinforced masonry. Fire and smoke also affect non-building components such as roofing, finishes, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. YAES engineers have decades of experience in evaluating fire-damaged buildings and structures. Our structural engineers are experienced in the various evaluation and testing techniques available to determine the extent of fire and heat damage to all types of building components. Our experience and knowledge of these techniques allow YAES to offer guidance to building owners, restoration contractors and insurance carriers regarding building elements that remain serviceable versus those that require repair or replacement.

In addition to heat and smoke, fire-damaged structures are also typically affected by water from firefighting efforts. A thorough assessment of fire-damaged structures not only includes an assessment of the fire and heat affected elements but also the water effects on the structure and an evaluation of building code requirements for repairs. YAES also offers mechanical engineering services to assess effects on MEP systems.

YAES services include:

  • Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing of Fire-Affected Structural Components
  • Structural Analysis
  • Evaluation of Smoke Effects and Water Damage to Building Components
  • Development of Repair Design Drawings¬†
  • Evaluation of Local and National Building Code Requirements for Repairs