If you live in Illinois, you know this summer we've experienced severe storms, one right after another. Severe storms may become dangerous, especially the ones we experience, and it is crucial to know the different types of storm damage and how they can impact the places we call home. If your home is left untreated, damage from pounding rain, hail, lightning, tornado, high winds, or heavy snow can lead to water damage, mold, and structural damage. A rapid response is critical to reducing the safety risk and secondary damage from weather.
During the summer months, there are three ways storms can damage our home:
LIGHTNING AND THUNDERSTORM DAMAGE:
Lightning storms can occur at any time. These storms bring the threat of fires and severe structural damage. During a lightning storm, even if your home is properly equipped to handle lightning, it is still possible to have damage to electrical wiring, appliances, antennas, satellite dishes, cable or telephone lines, and steel framework. Always stay indoors, throughout the duration of the storm, under the protection of your home, unless there are signs of a fire.
Flooding presents a grave risk to your home and to your safety. When it comes to structures, flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and water damage to drywall, support beams, and foundations. You are at risk for mold within the first 24 hours of a flood so it is vital to extract water and have a professional begin mitigating immediately.
HIGH WINDS, TORNADOES AND HURRICANE DAMAGE:
High winds can occur virtually anywhere. Thousands of storms and hurricanes hit the U.S. every year. Severe winds are defined as exceeding 50-60 mph and include downdrafts, downbursts, tornadoes, cyclones, and hurricanes. Damage from the wind can be widespread and affect not only your structure, but surrounding landscaping and asphalt. Be aware of the potential for falling trees, poles and damaged power lines and take care of these problems right away. A storm may damage your home including windows, siding, and roofs. In the most extreme scenarios, roofs can be blown completely off.
PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR STORMS:
In the case of a tornado, a warning should be given on TV or radio. The safest place to be during a tornado is a basement. If there is no basement available, seek shelter in an interior room without windows since windows may shatter and spray glass. Remain under shelter with a radio until you receive notice that the tornado has left the area.
With floods, there is usually some indication if one is imminent, especially if you live in an area susceptible to flooding, but this isn't always the case. Make sure to have copies of important documents that could be destroyed in a flood, such as birth certificates, social security cards, and deeds.
Finally, thunderstorms generally don't cause much damage except for being loud but when they do, it can be hazardous. To avoid potential damage, make sure to trim any large limbs near your house. Secure any outdoor objects to keep them from blowing away. Unplug electronic devices prior to a storm to prevent a surge from destroying them.
When a storm has damaged your home, please call Menold Construction and Restoration. We will protect unaffected areas, clean up the mess and destruction, and fully repair any structural damage, all while keeping you, the property owner our priority! Read more about our Storm Damage services and contact us today!