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The tornado that destroyed a large swath of Washington, IL, on November 17, 2013, was a stark reminder to all Central Illinois residents of how powerful storms can change lives in a moment’s notice. Though the Bloomington-Normal, IL, area escaped the smaller town’s fate, it still suffered extensive hail damage as pellets of frozen rain measuring as large as four inches in diameter, or the size of a softball, pelted the community. Bloomington-Normal also required tree damage repair as high winds wreaked havoc across the city.
In terms of the amount of harm caused, the horrific tornado in Washington may have been a fairly uncommon event. Hail damage is not. Hail causes $1 billion in lost property and crops each year. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country. There are things you can do, however, to limit the damage hail can cause to you and your property. Here are some safety tips from the National Weather Service:
Hail damage is a problem in Peoria and across Illinois. Softball-size hail is not unheard of and can shatter glass, puncture the roof of your house or business, and destroy the exterior of your car. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country. As you can see, Peoria is no stranger to hail damage, not to mention the types of storms that bring flood damage.
Hail can be a major problem for you and your property. Every year hail causes a billion dollars in damage in the United States. Unfortunately, Illinois and its nearly 13 million residents are especially vulnerable to damaging hailstorms. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country, and in the previous 14 years, hail caused an average loss of about $180 million a year, the fifth highest nationwide. Menold Construction and Restoration has the experts to assess and repair any hail damage that your home or business may suffer in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Our professionals provide full restoration services in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding areas. But before you need our help, keep in mind a few tips that might limit the damage to you and your home.
In the Midwest a home could have different storm damage ranging from hail to wind damage, from tornado all the way to snow storm damage. Knowing the signs that your home may have storm damage is crucial in detecting and restoring the issue quickly. Below are areas to check for storm damage:
- Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
- Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
- Windows: Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
- Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances. Inspect your AC/HCAC unit as well as items such as a barbeque grill.
- Prepare a disaster supply kit. This should contain things like bottled water and non-perishable food items, a flashlight and first aid kit. A complete list can be found here. Keep this place in a designated spot in your home and make sure that all family members know where it is located.
- Know your warning system. Not all warning systems are created equal, so understand what all of the sirens in your area mean.
- Select your safe room. This should be an interior room on the lowest level of your home, away from windows, or a basement or storm cellar. Make sure everyone in the home knows which room you’ve selected.
- Practice drills. This ensures that in the event of a storm, you are ready. Assign tasks as needed, for example, who is responsible for locating the family pet.
- Storms are often accompanied by high winds. Prepare outdoors as well by removing diseased or damaged trees and branches, secure any lawn furniture, trash cans or anything else that wind could pick up.
- Know the warning signs for a tornado and don’t wait to seek shelter.
Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.