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Small Storms Big Problems

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Here in Huntsville, Alabama, we experience many small storms that cause flash flooding, lightning, and occasionally closed roads. We often overlook these storms because of their common occurrence but in reality, they can lead to big problems. Some of these problems include electrical damage, damaged roofing, fires, and structural damage. 

Lightning is a scary but ignorable event in most all storms. The majority of people take precautions like getting out of pools and bodies of water to protect themselves from electric shock. But, many people don’t realize that their house may be in danger too. Our houses could easily catch fire if being struck by lightning or if lighting strikes a powerline it could cause a power surge. If your house is not protected from events like this the surge could continue into your house burning your insulation and melting the wires which will fuse them. For more ways to protect you and your home from lightning click here to visit Alabama.gov.

Another big way that small storms can affect our houses is by striping the roofing off our homes which leaves your house vulnerable to water damage. Missing shingles leaves the door open for moisture to enter your home and for mold to develop. As dreaded as water damages are, the problem doesn’t stop there. If the missing roofing is ignored water can make its way to the foundation of the house causing immense structural damage on the way down.

Flash Floods can be overlooked easily but they can pose big problems such as sanitary hazards, electrical hazards, and water damages. When flash floods occur human and livestock waste can be uncovered within the water. Which is very unsanitary and can lead to skin rashes and illnesses. If there are downed powerlines in the aftermath of the storm this can leave people near these lines extremely susceptible to being electrocuted. Along with these issues flash floods can cause water damages and lead to mold growth within your house. 

All of these major issues can stem from a small storm that didn’t last more than a day. This is why it is important to protect your home and pay attention to new occurrences within your home in the aftermath of a storm no matter how big or small it was.

If you experience water, fire, or mold damage because of a storm we can help. Contact SERVPRO of South Madison County at (256)-533-5335

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