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3 Ways Lightning Can Affect Your Home

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Roof fire at strike point

3 Ways Lightning Can Affect Your Home

Many homes in Topeka, KS, are not protected from lightning strikes. While lightning systems are effective, they are expensive to install and protect against a problem that is fairly unlikely to occur. If your home is struck, however, a lightning fire can ignite. Here are some possible outcomes of a direct strike on your home.

Fire

Fire damage is the biggest danger you risk from a lightning strike. A jolt can cause a house fire in several ways:

  • Roof or attic fire at strike point
  • Flammable materials along path of current
  • Burned wires or circuits

You are likely to need fire damage cleanup if your home is struck during a thunderstorm. Lightning looks for the quickest path to the ground. Unfortunately, your home may be the path it chooses.

Shock

Thunder is evidence of shock waves produced by lightning. In addition to a lightning fire, a storm can cause waves that fracture your foundation, bricks or chimney and shatter your windows. The debris that flies around as a result of this shock can cause secondary damage.

Surge

If your electrical system is affected by the lightning strike, any connected equipment or appliances may be damaged by the subsequent power surge. Sensitive electronics cannot withstand the surge and will likely be fried, perhaps even beyond the help of fire cleanup professionals.

Injury

Lightning can compromise your safety even if you are inside your home. If it strikes your house while you are touching a connected electrical advice or water out of the plumbing system, you could be injured. Therefore, when there are thunderstorms in your area, you should avoid using corded phones and computers or showering, washing dishes or doing laundry.

If your home is struck during a thunderstorm, your home may be affected. Lightning fire, shock, power surges and injury are all problems that could occur if lightning strikes your house.

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