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Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of La Puente/City of Industry West if you experience any damage.

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

lightning Why Thunderstorms Fall Into the Severe Weather Category

When we think about severe weather, we don’t often think about thunderstorms. But maybe we should.

While most thunderstorms don’t cause significant problems, the fact remains that they can be dangerous, if conditions are right. In some cases, thunderstorms contain winds, lightning, hail, flooding and other issues, meaning there are many ways that the weather can turn dangerous quickly.

What is a thunderstorm exactly? Well, it’s a storm containing thunder. By extension, that also means the storm includes lightning, since thunder and lightning always go hand-in-hand. You may not realize it, but you can’t have one without the other.

What makes a thunderstorm severe? There are a couple conditions that must be met. Severe thunderstorms are defined as storms that contain hail that is one inch or larger and straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or more.

The Facts About Thunderstorm Danger

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. Thunderstorms always produce lightning, and lightning strikes are among the most dangerous elements of a storm. In fact, it is reported that they cause around 300 injuries every year. Beyond this danger to humans, lightning strikes can also cause significant property damage, including damage caused directly by a strike, as well as damage caused indirectly through things like trees falling on the home.

Property damage due to hail. When you see hail in the forecast, odds are you fear for your car. But while hail can definitely do damage to cars, that’s not the only danger it causes. These ice pellets range in size from tiny to pretty large, and the larger they are, the more damage they can cause. In a severe thunderstorm, large hail can pummel a roof and damage the siding on a home, leading to a leak and water damage.

Harm from flash flooding. You’ve probably learned this at some point in life, but if there’s water on the ground, it’s best not to drive through it. The phrase “turn around, don’t drown” is used for a reason. Flash floods can literally occur in a flash, caused by anything that leads to a mass accumulation of water. If flash flood conditions are possible, it’s best to stay off the road.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Sneaky Places for Water Damage to Hide | SERVPRO® of La Puente/City of Industry West

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking from unknown source Close up of grey tile flooring at baseboard with a small puddle of water leaking from an unknown source.

Severe weather is not the only thing to be on guard for when it comes to water damage. There are many causes of water to accumulate in a home, some of which are not weather-related at all.

Because many types of water damage can be hidden, it can also be costly. Many insurance policies do not accept water damage claims, and for ones that do, a typical claim is almost $7,000. Knowing the sneaky places water damage likes to hide will be helpful in avoiding a costly repair.

Sneaky Places for Water Damage to Hide

  • Beneath the sink. The cabinets underneath a sink hide unsightly piping, but they can also hide small leaks that can lead to big water damages.

  • Where the tub meets the wall. The caulk that seals a tub to the wall can decay over time, leading to a seal that allows moisture through.

  • Behind drywall. Drywall’s entire purpose is to hide the structural elements of a home, but it can also hide water damage to those structures.

  • On the roof. Seals around chimneys and vents on the roof can deteriorate, allowing water to seep in each time it rains.

  • In the interior of an HVAC unit. The condensation accumulated by AC units is typically drained away, but if this process becomes damaged, it can begin to drain inside the unit instead.

  • Underneath appliances. Dishwashers and laundry machines may not get moved much and can be hiding water damage underneath them.

  • Near exterior faucets. Faucets mounted in siding or masonry can make it difficult to discover when a leak starts, so they often will not be discovered until damage is severe.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, (626)330-1027. and we’ll get there quickly, leaving your home "Like it never even happened."