Fire Damage Caused By Lightning
Lightning Can Cause Significant Fire Damage
Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States because of its unique geographical location. If lightning strikes your home, it will damage your roof, and it can start a fire. In just a second, your home can be safe and sound, but with one lightning strike, it can cause severe damage. Lightning strikes a home, travels in various directions, affecting the wiring, electrical and plumbing systems.
If lightning travels through your home's wiring system, the result is fire damage in your Polk County home. Electronic and electrical appliances are susceptible to damage from a lightning strike. Your Florida home can be hit with a direct or an indirect lightning strike. An indirect strike can actually strike a nearby power line and with a conductive path, travel into your home. This is why SERVPRO quickly checks for any signs of fire on the roof, the attic and throughout your home.
A direct lightning strike causes three main hazards to a home:
• Fire: It is common for a lightning strike to start a fire in the attic or roof of a home. When lightning strikes or travels through electrical wiring, it will burn them up, presenting a fire ignition along the internal circuit lines.
• Power Surge: A general lightning strike follows a path to the ground. However, along the way, lightning can affect a home's electrical system, causing a surge. This surge will cause significant damage to anything that is connected to it.
• Shock Wave: The sound that lightning creates is so high pitched that it can crack concrete, stone, brick or cinderblock. The sound is called a shock wave, which can also break glass, blow out plaster walls and create trenches in the soil and crack foundations. When lightning blasts any material or item, shrapnel is thrown all around and can even become embedded in walls.
SERVPRO is a one-stop renovation expert, whose highly skilled technicians help restore buildings from fire, water, mold and storm damages. After a lightning strike, a business or home owner should make sure that their property is safe. A remedial company can thoroughly examine the extent of any damage, and they can help in structural repairs and its contents.
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands can assess the damage to the interior electrical systems, as well as to the structure itself. We will also help you settle your claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve. We will also help restore your home or business to a pre-damaged condition. You can reach us at (863) 510-5962 if you have any questions.