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The Need-to-Know Facts About Lightning | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Stormy sky The Need-to-Know Facts About Lightning | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Out of all the damages that thunderstorms can cause, the damages from lightning are some of the most complex. Not only can it be deadly if a person is struck, but it can also cause fires, electrical damage and structural damage when it strikes a home or building.

Because lightning is often misunderstood, we’ve compiled some need-to-know facts so you can take proper precautions to protect your home.

Lightning: A Background

Thunder and lightning exist because of the electrical charge that all storms develop as they form. When the storm needs to discharge some of this electrical force, lightning is the product.

Lightning can either strike from one cloud to another or toward the ground, but because the air is such a poor conductor, it typically will pass through an object on its way to earth in order to find something more compatible with electricity. If this object is a house, lightning will travel through wiring and pipes, which is how it can cause severe damage.

Lightning Damages: An Overview

Lightning causes house damage in several ways, which is why the proper precautions are important to be aware of.

It starts fires. Because of how hot lightning gets—sometimes recorded as up to 500,000 degrees—it can ignite a home or building upon impact. Even if this does not occur, the damage it can do as it travels through wires can lead to an outbreak of electrical fires later on. The local fire department can perform tests to assess the condition of the wiring if your home has been struck.

It short-circuits electronics. The electrical charge of lightning is much stronger than the charge that typically flows through wires, so lightning traveling through them can easily overwhelm anything that is plugged in. All electronics should route through a surge protector to be safe.

It harms property. Lightning striking across the clouds produces shock waves that are heard as thunder, but it produces these same waves when it strikes the ground or an object. These waves have enough force to crack foundations and explode cinder blocks, so the home’s foundation should be checked if lightning has struck nearby.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

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