The Detriments (and Surprising Benefit) of Lightning on Your Home
Lightning strikes about 25 million times per year in the United States, as per weather.com. That being said, your home, yard, and/or trees have a relatively high likelihood of being struck.
It’s important to know how lightning can impact your home both negatively and positively. Let’s shed a little light on the possibilities…
This is a pretty common side effect of lightning. Lightning can cause a power surge in your home, even if it doesn’t specifically hit your home. A power surge can be caused if lightning hits a power line near your home as well. To be protected from power surges, it’s best to unplug all appliances during a storm (or before if you can). While surge protectors are an option, they aren’t always strong enough to protect all of your appliances and electrical devices.
When lightning hits a home, there is a risk of fire. They are most likely to occur in the attic when a bolt hits the roof. When the heat of the bolt runs through the walls, hitting the wiring and plumbing, it could start a fire as well. Be cognizant, as sometimes you won’t notice that a fire has sparked right away. If this happens, call 911 immediately.
Lightning can puncture a roof or tear through the attic. A strike that’s powerful enough can rip off shingles and gutters. Unfortunately, this occurrence isn’t exactly preventable and can be pretty costly to fix. However, check with your insurance company as many will cover unpreventable damage.
On a Positive Note, Lightning Is Actually Great for Your Garden/Yard
Nitrogen is essential to healthy plant growth. Lightning causes molecules of nitrogen compounds to form. When the lightning hits the ground, the compounds are soaked into the soil with the help of rain. Essentially, lightning is like a hyper fertilizer for your plants! Next time your area endures a thunderstorm, check on your yard a few days later – you’ll notice a difference!
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The Damage of Tornadoes to Your Home
On average, approximately 1,200 tornadoes occur in the U.S. each year. Compared to earlier years, 2013 was relatively quiet but still resulted in 54 fatalities and over a billion dollars in damage according to National Climatic Data Center records. Even if you don’t live in a high-risk state like Kansas or Nebraska, strong and violent tornadoes can – and do – happen. Depending on the type of twister, you could have serious repercussions spinning your way.
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Impact of Rain Damage to Your Home
Spring season is typically known for rain – hence April showers bring May flowers. And rain water isn’t a huge risk to your home if there is not rainfall on a consistent basis. But, when the rainstorms are heavy and occur several days in a row, your home can be exposed to long-term rain damage.
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How to Prepare for a Tornado
Tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms. With wind speeds reaching up to 300 mph, serious damage can be done to your property and harm your loved ones.