How Severe Weather Can Damage Your Home

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May, 2017

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It’s that time of year again when it seems to storm every other day. Most residents of the Midwest enjoy looking at the lightning out their windows. Even so, all this bad weather isn’t just a spectacle to look at. Severe weather can cause a great deal of damage to your home, and be costly without insurance. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the different types of severe weather damage and how it can damage your home.

Thunderstorms

Here in Nebraska, we experience a lot of thunderstorms. Especially in the Spring and Summer months. Basically, a thunderstorm happens when heavy rain mixes with lightning strikes, causing the loud noise. This means that where there is thunder, there is always lightning and vice versa. Normally, during a thunderstorm, there is a lot of heavy rain and sometimes even hail. During thunderstorms, it’s important to stay away from windows, because lightning can sometimes shatter the glass. In addition, heavy rain can cause flash floods and cause water damage to your home.

Lightning

A lot of people enjoy watching lightning strikes during a thunderstorm, as long as they don’t get too close. During severe weather, lightning occurs when there is an electric charge that gets discharged very quickly. That discharge of energy creates a flash of light (lightning) and the energy within the storm clouds is temporarily equalized. Most commonly, lightning strikes tall structures or mountains. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the flat ground is safe, anywhere there is a strong electric charge is susceptible. Lightning can damage your home because of the shock wave, or when there is dry lightning which can cause fires.

Hail

When severe weather like thunderstorms hit, they are usually accompanied by hail. Hail can cause a lot of damage to surrounding structure such as your home or car. Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming are said to have more hailstorms than any of the other states. Plus, the size of the hail pellets can get as big as a softball. Sometimes, it can be hard to identify if there has been hail damage to your home. If you think there is a chance, be sure to get an inspection done so an insurance claim can be filed if need be. The roof is what takes the brunt of damage from hailstorms, and can lead to water leaking into the home. Also, hail can damage siding and windows by chipping, cracking, and creating holes.

Wind

It may not seem like much, but damage from strong winds is actually more common than tornadoes. Anything more than 50-60 mph winds are considered damaging, and caution should be taken. It’s especially dangerous for people who live in mobile homes because damaging winds could potentially tip the trailer over. Additionally, strong winds can rip off shingles and siding. What’s more, nearby trees could potentially fall if the winds are strong enough.

If you are subjected to home damage from severe weather, take the necessary steps to repair the damage. Waiting could lead to more damages in the long run. J-tech Construction is available to repair your home after a storm. Plus, we will help you file an insurance claim so there is no additional stress.

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