Hail Can Cause Flood Damage To Your Carson City Home
Carson City's Flood Damage Restoration Team Talks About Problems With Hail
Whenever a severe thunderstorm strikes the Carson City region, hailstones can form due to water getting pushed back into the clouds and freezing then falling. Hail and wind account for the majority of flood damage calls. Wind and hail are responsible for about 40 percent of all insurance claims. Every year the U.S. sees over 5,000 major hailstorms that cause over $15 billion of damage each year. Hail can ruin your building materials and cause extensive flood damage to your residence.
The largest hailstone ever recorded was eight inches in diameter and weighed almost two pounds. However, even hail that is pea-sized can cause flood damage to your Carson City home. Large hailstones can cause serious problems, and sometimes they can fall with so much force that they shatter skylights on your roof and exterior windows. If windows break during a storm, rainwater can get into your home and ruin your contents and building materials.
If smaller sized hail pours onto your roof for an extended period, it can cause your shingles to weaken and lose their strength. When even the smallest pits get put into shingles by the hail, moisture can get underneath them. If the shingles do not stop moisture from getting to the roof water may leak into your home.
When dealing with problems after a storm, the first thing our SERVPRO crew does is seal off the hole in your roof. In most cases, we board up the holes or seal them off with plastic temporarily so that moisture stops entering your structure. Next, we mitigate any potential safety issues such as a trip, fall, or electrical hazard so that your home is safe for all occupants.
Then, we work on moisture removal starting first with extraction. Once our SERVPRO technicians vacuum up all of the water they can with our specialized extractors, we set up equipment that helps rapidly dry structural components. After moisture levels return to preloss conditions, we then call in a professional contractor to permanently repair your roof. If hail ever causes damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 immediately after the storm.
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