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The Different Facets Of Storm Damage

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Where do you live? No matter the climate or what town you're in, from time to time, you're likely to experience a severe storm. However, not all damage resulting from storms is the same because, let's face it, not all storms are the same. To protect your home against storm damage, it's crucial that you understand various types of damage from severe weather and how they differ.

Before we go any further, however, let's clear up one thing: After a devastating storm or some other natural disaster, the best course of action – whether involving a residence or a commercial building – is to call in the experts. Only then can you be assured of proper equipment, chemicals, training, certification, and expert services. You need a water restoration service.

Now let's look at damage that could be suffered as a result of a storm.

Damage from Ice

Not surprisingly, the chances of car accidents and people falling down increase due to snow and ice. However, power lines and trees can also be taken down because of ice damage and the weight involved. Due to heavy ice storms, entire cities have lost power for days on end! Then, underground flooding is frequently caused once the ice melts. That can mean trouble.

Wind Damage

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and even some standard rainstorms can cause wind damage. Strong winds can throw furniture and rocks into buildings, rip up gutters, blow shingles off of roofs, and break tree limbs. Bolt down or bring in outdoor furniture to protect against damage from the wind.


Though it seems significant enough to be in a category of its own, flooding is included under the category of "water damage". Oddly enough, in order to experience flooding in your home, you don't necessarily have to live through a hurricane.

The foundation of your home could be threatened by water table rises resulting from excessive rainfall. Basements are a typical entry for water during a flood. But water can enter the foundation if you don't have a basement. Test your sump pump regularly to protect against flooding (if you have one). Regularly check your drainage system to ensure that it is in working order.

Damage From Water

One of the most common types of storm damage is water damage, particularly where hurricanes are concerned. Water can cause mold to grow, drywall to fall apart, and wood to rot if left unchecked. It decreases indoor air quality, and, to a building’s structure, can pose a significant threat.

Hail Damage

Hail is dangerous and annoying. To individuals outside at the time of a hailstorm, it can even cause significant injuries. Hail has a reputation for damaging roofs, denting cars, breaking windows, and more. Use hail resistant shingles to protect your roof. Park in a garage or under a hardcover to protect your car.

The Results And Aftermath

Naturally, visible damage after a storm is not surprising. This can include wet carpets, broken roof tiles, dented cars, fallen tree limbs, and more. Remember, however, that unseen damage is important to remember (and inspect for), too. When scheduling storm damage assessment by a professional, make sure that the following are investigated by the team you hire:

  • Hidden moisture damage
  • Mold growth
  • Structural integrity

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