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Property Damage From Lightning Strikes

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Although rare, lightning strikes can cause significant property damage, both from the strike itself, as well as resulting side effects.

Direct damage

The physical impact and power of a lightning strike can do serious physical damage to the structure of a home or business.  Lightning can fracture concrete, brick, and stone upon impact.  It can also shred through wood, as it has a high water content.  Roofs and foundations are the main areas that can be detrimental if struck.  Other non-structural elements such as windows can be broken with this type of damage.  The electricity from the lightning can also spark a fire that can get out of hand quickly.  Electronics in the home or business may be irreparably broken by a lightning strike as well.

Indirect damage

If lightning strikes your home or business, and the electrical system is affected, it could cause surges in power that can lead to overheating and sparking.  This can start a fire within the home or business.  If structural elements are affected, like a roof or foundation, water damage will be easier to suffer in the future. After a lightning strike, it is important to have your electrical system inspected for damage by a professional. 

It is important to contact a certified damage remediation professional as soon as you are aware of storm damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who need damage restoration at their home or business property.  If you have any type of property damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

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