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Common Types of Storm Damage

A bad storm can cause damage to your home in a number of ways. Storms can be predicted but the damage they cause may not be. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are about 100,000 thunderstorms every year in the United States. In all of these storms, about 10 % can reach severe levels. It is important to be aware of the types of damage that severe storms can cause.

Large amounts of rain can cause flooding to your home. If you have a basement in your home this area is very prone to water intrusion after a storm. Water can also come into your home through damaged windows.
Ground Water Flooding– Heavy rain can produce large amounts of groundwater. Water will begin to emerge on the surface of the ground. Flooding can occur days or weeks after long or heavy rains. Groundwater is able to come up through floors and cause damage to your home. Once rainwater has touched the ground, this type of flooding is not covered by your homeowner's insurance! Only Federal flood insurance provides you with protection for this damage. Talk to your agent about flood insurance today.

Strong winds can cause havoc to your home during a storm. Winds of high speed can damage shutters, window frames, even burst windows. Shingles from your roof can also be blown off.

Bad storms create the potential for trees or large branches to fall on your home and cause damage. Fallen branches and trees can cause structural damage, roof damage, siding damage, and even break windows.

Hail damage is any damage resulting from hailstones and hailstorms. Large hailstones can cause significant damage to homes. Roofs are the most common area of the home to be damaged by hail. Hail can damage shingles and cause water to come into your home. Hail can also damage the siding and windows on your home.

While it is important to know the types of damage a storm can bring, it is equally important to know what your insurance policy covers. If you’re not sure what your coverage is check with your insurance agent. ServiceMaster Restoration is here when you need help cleaning up after storm damage. We offer professional restoration services and know what it takes to get your home back to its pre-storm condition. Call us today at (704) 324-8528.