Your house can withstand many natural adversaries, including time. But the more powerful natural elements may be more unforgiving to your house due to their sheer power, such as water in all its forms, mold, fire, and even lightning.
Lightning, in particular, is incredibly dangerous. We’ll show you some of lightning’s ill effects and how you can address its possibly extensive damage.
Lightning and its Effects
Lightning comes from the chaotic electrical reactions from untapped static energy between the clouds and the ground. There are three known types of lightning: cloud, which is cloud versus air, cloud-to-cloud, and the more disastrous and unpredictable cloud-to-ground type. Light travels faster than sound, and the thunder becomes an echo of its power.
While they look striking and beautiful, they are very destructive and can carry up to 300 million volts with 30,000 amperes in intensity and up to 20,000 °C in heat. Superpowers are the last thing you’ll develop if you’re struck by lightning.
Imagine what it could do to your house. 300 million volts direct to your house can destroy satellite dishes, antennas, roofs, internet connections, electricity cables, water and gas pipes, and other metal parts. Worst of all, the current can travel through water and metal, causing extensive damage to other nearby areas.
Lightning and Its Other Possible Effects
Given the sheer destructive power of lightning and its even wilder capabilities with conductors, it has other effects. Any water around it or in its path becomes a superconductor that can spread the current, and therefore, the damage.
The same goes for phone, internet, and power lines. The cables are prime real estate for wayward electrical currents. It can destroy all connected devices instantly in one hot flash. Make sure to quickly shut down electricity for a moment when lightning storms have been reported.
Let’s not forget about lightning’s effects on non-conductive material as well. Some of these materials can be highly flammable, such as barns, haystacks, dried trees and branches, wood, and more. It’s like a powerful giant lighter igniting a cigarette, and it’s that easy, given its level of electric power and heat.
There is usually no recourse for an extensive lightning storm, except to call a damage restoration service company or emergency services.
Dealing with Lightning
If you are caught outdoors in a lightning storm, you should stay away from all tall structures, including trees. These structures are more prone to lightning strikes, and the electricity could travel through the water or ground depending on the circumstances. Hide any metallic objects on your person, including your phone and umbrella.
Dealing with the Aftermath
It is quite hard to deal with lightning. It is far too powerful, and there are a lot of conductive materials it can use to travel and wreak further havoc. It can also set fire to easily flammable materials around your house. It becomes even a bigger headache when it strikes complete with its unwelcome ally—water.
Fortunately, any extensive damage to your house and surrounding property can still be repaired. Redline Restoration is the trusted name for all home restoration services from natural disasters like this. Call us today, and we will help you get your house back in shape.