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Our Specialists Explain The Issues Associated With Lightning Strikes In Tallahassee

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

If your house ever gets hit by lightning, contact SERVPRO at (850) 536-6599 immediately after the disaster strikes.

Flood Damage Technicians From Tallahassee Talk About Problems Associated With Lightning Strikes

According to the Insurance Information Institute, the state of Florida has more insurance claims due to lightning every year than any other state making your Tallahassee home at risk during the summer season. Once lightning strikes your structure, it can create a hole that rainwater can enter, sometimes causing excessive flood damage. Once items inside your building get wet, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Our team knows the best methods to quickly mitigate your flood damage in Tallahassee so that mold growth or other secondary problems do not occur. In 2018, the state of Florida ranked number one with the most lightning losses with over 7,100 reported claims. The total money lost that year exceeded $74 million, which comes out to more than $10,000 per claim on average.

To reduce the amount of the loss, our SERVPRO technicians work towards removing as much moisture as possible in a short period, preferably in less than 48 hours before mold can grow. As soon as you notice items inside your house like your contents and building materials got wet, there are a few things that you can do to help our crew speed up the overall restoration process.

First off, once you notice rainwater pouring in from where the lightning hit your structure, try to plug the hole to stop water from entering. If you can, board up the hole in your structure or seal it with plastic so that moisture cannot keep coming into your home. Next, try to keep the water that did get in from spreading all-around your house by stopping it with rags or more plastic.

Then, it is wise to remove any of the loose contents in your building so that they do not cause moisture to spread to other places and your building materials. Removing any wet contents inside your house can also help keep your indoor relative humidity level from rising to a point where it can cause secondary damage.

After you have stopped water from coming in and you have removed all of your wet contents from the affected area, it is time to remove any water that you find. If your carpets got wet, it is smart to utilize a wet/dry vac. Finally, you should set up fans to create an airflow inside your structure to help speed up the natural drying and evaporation process.

If your house in Lake Iamonia, Killearn, or Homestead Ridge ever gets hit by lightning, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 immediately after the disaster strikes.

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