The worst thing about storms is they are a mixture of all of nature’s worst weather conditions. From gale force winds to torrential rain to lightning strikes, a storm has it all and presents dangers in many ways. What this means for you is that there are worse things to worry about in a storm than just getting drenched.
That holds doubly true for your houses and homes. Storms inflict a lot of damage to our houses and places like Florida which see annual storm systems have to spend a lot in house maintenance costs.
Here are the various ways in which your house can be affected and damaged by a storm.
1. Water Inundation
Water damage and water inundation are by far the most common forms of storm damage which most houses face. This makes sense since rain is the main feature of a storm system.
The constant downpour—sometimes for hours on end—can bloat your wooden walls. The walls of your house absorb all of that excess water if they aren’t properly protected and this causes water inundation. What will next happen is this water seeps and leaks down into the house, dripping from roofs or flooding the basement or causing paint and wallpaper to peel.
2. Structural Damage
A storm has gale force winds and it is not advised that you venture out in a storm. The strong winds sweep up any debris or objects in their path. Not only that, they can rip tree branches as well. This makes an active storm system very dangerous since you have to look out for flying objects. These objects like the branches from your tree in the garden can come flying and break your window. If your garage door is not bolted down properly or is of the flimsy variety, it can be torn apart. In some cases, even the roofs of people’s houses have torn and flown off. The worst case scenario possible for you will be if your tree tips over and destroys part of your house or walls. This is a scenario which is all too common when a storm hits.
3. Mold and Rot
Constant stormy weather or prolonged stormy weather creates humid, damp, and wet conditions. This creates the perfect conditions for mold to take hold and grow in your house. Because of the overall humidity and water inundation, mold will be able to grow anywhere and at a faster rate than it usually would. Mold may be further exacerbated if wood rot also happens to settle in. Your walls begin to rot and decay due to being inundated with excess water.
4. Lightning Strikes
A lightning strike is the most dangerous phenomenon you or your house can face in a storm. It is the most extreme form of storm damage possible. Contrary to popular belief, lightning can strike the same spot several times and can even kill people. Lightning falling on your house will char and damage the impacted area beyond repair and require replacement.
Additionally, it may even travel down through your house and shock you even if you are in the house and can fry your electrical systems.
Storm damage is nothing to take lightly since it will leave you with repairs and maintenance at best. It also has the potential to leave you with considerable financial costs or a family tragedy.
Storm-proofing can go a long way in mitigating most of these common forms of storm damage and will protect you, your family, and your house from a number of the problems that you could possibly face as a result of a storm. Contact Service Team of Professionals (STOP) MESA at 480-818-1440 today to have your house totally and fully secured against the forces of nature. Short of a tree falling down on your house, our team of experienced professionals will ensure that your house is left able to bear it all.