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The Common Causes of Damage to Solar Panels During a Storm

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth. Panel damage to solar installations can lead to other problems that must be addressed in a timely manner.

It's no exaggeration to say that when a powerful storm sweeps in, your solar installation is out there like the proverbial sitting duck. To take advantage of the sun's rays, solar panels must be exposed to the elements. This means that panel damage is a real possibility. To protect against this, solar engineers work to ensure their products stand up to the following conditions:

Extreme heat
Bitter cold
Heavy rains
High humidity
Large hailstones

To increase durability, engineers experiment with new building materials and better designs. They also engage in vigorous testing to see what the latest models will take in terms of weather punishment. To mimic the effects of hail, testers have been known to shoot large ice balls at 70 mph at materials used in solar installations.

Damage Happens
While the man is certainly clever and innovative, Mother Nature has been winning battles for centuries. Panel damage does occur, sometimes even leading to roof damage. All of this creates an opportunity for water to leak into your home. In a worst-case scenario, you might not notice a small leak for days or weeks, allowing humidity levels to soar and creating favorable conditions for mold growth. When that happens, a local storm mitigation team in Lafayette, LA, might be needed to address the situation.

Cleanup Begins
The storm restoration process follows a proven pattern. Certified technicians arrive on the scene and begin an assessment and inspection of your property. They find the source of a water leak and remove the water with vacuums if necessary and drying equipment. If mold is suspected, they determine if mold colonies have taken hold and then they contain and remove the mold from your home.

Panel damage to solar installations can lead to other problems that must be addressed in a timely manner. The efforts of a professional team can restore your home "Like it never even happened."

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