An Overview of How Storms Can Damage a Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
Though storm warnings are fairly common, it is important to take weather advisories seriously every time they are issued. Because of the variance in weather and atmospheric conditions, no two thunderstorms are exactly the same. Though some might pass through and bring gentle showers, others can cause extreme amounts of damage in a short time.
To give homeowners in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Wappingers and Beacon an idea of what to expect when severe weather is forecasted, we have compiled the four most common types of storm damages that can occur to a home. The effects of a severe storm can range from mild to severe, and it is important to know what to prepare for when hazardous weather is coming your way.
Lightning Damage Lightning strikes occur around 25 million times each year, and it is possible for lightning to strike the same place twice. When lightning strikes a home, it can cause fires, electrical issues and structural fractures, making it a large headache for homeowners. If your home is struck by lightning, having an expert inspection is key as lightning damage could also increase your chances for electrical fires in the future.
Hail Damage Hail is caused when the storm pushes rain clouds upward enough that the water droplets are frozen solid before passing through to the ground. Hail damage is commonly considered for cars that are parked outside, but it can also wreak havoc on a house’s roof, drainage systems and can even break windows if conditions are right.
Flood Damage Flooding is one of the most dangerous things that storms can lead to. While thunderstorms typically cause what are known as flash floods, they can also lead to more long-term flooding if conditions are right. Flood damages can be detrimental to a home and its contents and cause hazardous conditions for those in affected areas.
Wind Damage In some cases, severe storms can have winds as significant as a tornado would, yet they often last much longer. We all can remember a “straight line storm” that was thought to be a tornado by the shear damage it left. Severe weather can cause homes to become damaged beyond recognition, especially if they face an open area or are located in a spot where they might be particularly vulnerable to winds. If high winds are in the forecast, it is important to secure anything in your yard in advance and to take cover immediately as they approach.
If you’ve sustained any storm damage to your Western Dutchess County home, call us 24/7 to get your restoration process started right away!