Yes, Lightning Can Strike Your Dover Home--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration
Fires and Damages Caused by Lightning in Dover
Lightning may not strike your home more than once, but that is sufficient to create havoc. Hazardous conditions can put your family at risk along with property damage.
One element that could cause damages and even a fire in your Dover home is lightning. If your house suffers a strike, you should call your fire department, and be concerned about the damages even if you do not see them right the way. Stay away from electrical appliances for starters. Lightning poses the following three important hazards to consider:
Power Surge Damage: Say goodbye to most of your electronic devices if they were connected. If lightning hits home and it chooses the electrical wiring as its path, the explosion could damage most if not all the appliances that are connected. The damage to the electrical system can be substantial. SERVPRO recommends proceeding with caution.
Fire Damage: One of the biggest fears, when a house is hit by lightning, is the possibility of starting a fire. Most houses are built with flammable materials, which makes it the perfect environment for a flare-up after a strike. Most of those fires start either in the roof or in the attic.
Explosive Shock Wave: The waves created by lightning can be destructive. In many cases, these waves can cause damages to stone, brick, and concrete, not to mention your ears. Structural damage can be a dangerous result requiring cleanup from a professional outfit like SERVPRO. Shattered glass, destruction to chimneys, and cracks in the foundation of your property can be the results demanding immediate attention.
Besides caring about the physical destruction of your property you should understand that even though it is not common, it is possible to receive an injury from lightning while in your house. Therefore if there is a storm that involves lightning your best bet is to stay away from any pipes or wiring that can be used as a path for the lightning. For example, you should avoid taking showers, using a computer, appliances, and a land phone line.
There is a high potential of a fire starting because of lightning, therefore if your house has been affected by one do not hesitate and contact your fire department. Consider a professional electrician to check your breaker panels and wiring.
Use your cellphone to contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for any kind of property damage resulting from storm, water, wind, fire, or even lightning. We can make you feel "Like it never even happened." (973) 810-2825
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