Lightning is one of the most dangerous parts of a storm, and it is completely unpredictable. There are so many things that could happen when lightning strikes, and when it strikes your property you could be looking at damage not only to the structure but to the contents of it as well.
The following are things you need to prepare for in the case of a horrible storm:
- Fire danger
- Wood and other flammable building materials can easily be ignited anywhere an exposed lightning channel comes in contact with them. It is most common in the attic or on the roof of a house and is easily conducted by wiring or pipes. When the current passes through wires, it will commonly burn them up. This presents a fire ignition hazard in and around the wiring.
- Power surge damage
- If any of the home's electrical wiring is struck, the explosive surge can damage even non-electronic appliances that are connected. Even the home's electrical system could experience a surge that could cause potentially significant damage to anything connected to it.
- Shock wave damage
- Shock waves created by lightning produce the thunder that we hear, and at close range, these waves can be destructive. It can easily fracture concrete, brick, cinderblock, and stone. Lightning's shock waves can blow out plaster walls, shatter glass, create trenches in soil and crack foundations (shrapnel is common secondary damage).
The important thing to remember is that if you find yourself dealing with lightning damage, you can count on SERVPRO® for the cleaning and restoration of your property. We’ll use our years of experience to make it, “Like it never even happened.”
You can call us at:
SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073