Four Types of Storm Damage: 4. Water
Noted below are the four (4) major types of storm damage and are categorized as follows:
Water Damage is the last blog in our series of types of storm damage.
Water damage from storms comes in many forms. Blizzards can produce large amounts of snow along with snow drifts from heavy winds. Snow then can get piled into a corner of a roof or home, and as it melts, runs into the home, through the attic or walls and even around windows and doors.
Tornadoes are usually preceded by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. With fierce winds, rain can be pushed into the home from unusual angles, sometimes penetrating areas of the home not protected by flashing.
Hurricanes produce heavy rainfall and large volumes of water of which cause flooding, especially in low lying areas and areas close by to rivers and seas.
Besides the physical damage to home and property, the after effects of water damage are mold. In the booklet "Mold & Mildew In Your Flood Damaged Home," produced by FEMA, "Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours." This is a whole other problem you now have to deal with and in many instances, is hidden behind the sheetrock in walls and ceilings, or even flooring material.
Storm damage takes on different forms, but one thing they all have in common is that they can and will cause damage to your home and property. Preparing for a catastrophic event like a storm is difficult. Storm shutters, hurricane windows, metal roofing and fiber cement siding are some ways to help protect your home against storm damage. But when a 100 year flood or snow storm hit, expect damage.
Should the need arise for help after an event like this, SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry is there to mitigate the damage and make it "Like it never even happened."®