Lightning Damage to Electronics
Lightning can be fun to look at, but we all know how dangerous it can be when it strikes. When lightning strikes your home or business, there is always the risk that you’ll experience fire damage. However, there are other risks that come with lightning hitting your property, including damages to electronics. This can happen when lightning strikes the home directly, or when the strike hits wires or pipes that lead into the property. The following are just some examples of damage that can result from this.
Electrical System (as a whole)
- The good news is that you can protect your electrical panel by equipping it with a whole-house surge protection device. When lightning strikes wires or pipes leading into the home, it can travel through the wiring, which can lead to insulation and wire damage. This puts all of your outlets and the devices plugged into them at risk as well.
- Your tv, computer, phone, gaming console, and every other item that you plug in to use, charge, or for any other reason are highly susceptible to surge damage because of the way they are wired. You can help to prevent damage by making sure outlets have surge protectors to protect them from damage to the circuit board.
- Your fridge, washer, dryer, and other large appliances have the potential to be really endangered by lightning damage. It depends upon whether the appliance has manual controls or electronic controls. You can utilize surge protectors to protect large appliances as well.
The good news is that most insurance companies will be able to set you up with special policies that protect your individual electronics from damage from lightning/surging. So talk to your insurance agent and see what they can do! And if you experience fire damage or other building damage from lightning, you can contact your local SERVPRO® for the cleanup and restoration!
For information on how we can help, 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