How a Lightning Strike Can Impact a Home
When your Lafayette, LA, home is your castle, a thunderstorm can easily create additional worry. Along with strong winds and fallen branches damaging the structure, there is also a risk of a lightning fire. Although not a top reason for a house fire, a lightning strike can affect your home and cause hidden fires to start.
If lightning strikes your home, you could be faced with the following:
Fire: Along with potentially starting the roof or area where it hit on fire, it could lead to attic insulation or other hidden flammable items being caught on fire.
Power Surges: Bolts prefer to travel the fastest route from the sky to the ground. That often means crossing paths with the wiring and plumbing systems in a home. If a power line in the area was hit, it can also result in a surge that may damage appliances. Electronics, including any smart devices associated with the home, can also be severely damaged.
Shock Wave: The thunder in the sky can become very destructive as it gets closer. The explosive shock lightning emits can be powerful enough to break windows, crack foundations, or damage bricks and stones.
After a Strike
If your home is hit by lightning, immediately call 911. A lighting fire isn’t always visible, so it’s best to have the experts verify your home is safe. Once your home is deemed safe to enter, you can assess the damage and file an insurance claim. Along with getting the wiring in your home inspected, it is a good idea to have the structural integrity of the home checked. If there was a fire, contact a fire and smoke damage remediation and restoration specialist to get your house back to “Like it never even happened.”
Although a lightning fire may not be common, lightning strikes are. Staying aware and take swift action can help limit the damage.