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Understanding Wind Damage

1/8/2024 (Permalink)

Powerful winds can strike without warning, leaving in their wake a daunting path of destruction. One key aspect to navigating post-storm recovery, however, is understanding the extent of what wind damage can do. From SERVPRO®, specialists in wind damage restoration here's what you need to know.

Types of Wind Damage

  1. Roof Damage: Wind can lift shingles, creating pockets where water can later seep in. It can also hurl debris, such as branches, which can cause severe structural damage.
  2. Window and Door Damage: Strong gusts of wind can break windows or cause warping in door frames allowing elements like rain or hail to infiltrate your home.
  3. Structural Damage: In extreme cases, strong winds can cause structural damage to walls, outdoor sheds, or garages, compromising the strength of these elements.
  4. Downed Trees and Limbs: Storm winds can break tree limbs or uproot entire trees, causing damage to anything in their path, including houses, cars, and power lines.
  5. Vehicle Damage: Vehicles parked outdoors during a windstorm are at risk of being hit by flying debris or falling tree branches.

Tips for Mitigating Wind Damage

  • Secure Loose Items: Anything from trash cans to patio furnishings can become dangerous projectiles in high winds. Secure loose items or move them indoors before a windstorm.
  • Trim Trees: Regular pruning of tree branches can prevent them from falling onto your property.
  • Inspect Your Roof: Conduct a regular check of your roof for loose or missing shingles, as these can be quickly stripped by wind, leaving your home vulnerable to rainfall.
  • Install Impact-Resistant Windows: These windows are designed to withstand high winds and can offer extra protection against storm damage.

In the aftermath of a windstorm, SERVPRO of North Fort Myers is always ready to help. With our 24/7 service, we are equipped to handle all dimensions of wind damage restoration, returning your home or business to its pre-disaster state in the shortest possible time. Our experts are known for transforming storm-affected properties back to their original condition - "Like it never even happened."

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