When Lightning Strikes Your Roof, Here’s What You Do

Roof Lightning Strike

Lightning strikes the earth millions of times per day. A lightning bolt is an electrostatic discharge between a storm cloud and the ground, and it has millions of volts of power. Since lightning strikes are such a common phenomenon, your house may also be struck by lightning at some point.

Lightning forms between a storm cloud and the earth. Since a lightning bolt’s objective is to reach the ground, it will pass through your home’s structure, electrical wiring, or water pipes. A lightning bolt will typically hit the highest point of your home, which is your roof, and split up in several paths to reach the ground. As one of the top roofing companies in the Lincoln area, we have seen many lightning strikes!

What Happens When Lightning Strikes your House?

A lightning strike has the potential to inflict damage on your property in multiple ways.It can cause a power surge that poses a risk to your electronics and home appliances if it travels through your home’s electrical wiring and reaches the ground. Your power supply may be disrupted, leading to outages and potential damage to your devices.

Additionally, when a lightning bolt passes through your home, it generates intense heat, capable of igniting flammable materials such as roof trusses and insulation. This increases the likelihood of house fires, resulting in significant property damage.

The forceful shock-wave produced by a lightning strike can also have detrimental effects on your roof. It can break off chimney bricks, dislodge shingles, and even cause gutters to loosen or tear away from the house. These incidents can compromise the structural integrity of your roof and require repairs or replacements.

Considering the various risks associated with lightning strikes, it is essential to take precautionary measures to protect your property and minimize potential damages.

How Do You Know If Lightning Struck Your Home?

If you are home during the strike, you will see and hear the explosive sound and flash. There are also several signs that will indicate lightning damage:

  • Your power goes out
  • There is a fire or sparks
  • You can smell smoke or melting plastic
  • There is physical damage to your property, for example, loose bricks
  • You can hear a humming or hissing sound, especially near electronics or electrical outlets

What Do You Do Next?

If you notice a fire, sparks, or a sound that indicates an electric short circuit, contact the fire department or your electrician immediately. If the strike was severe, contact the fire department, even if there is no explicit sign of a fire.

If you don’t detect any immediate danger, take the following steps:

  1. Check your circuit breakers, power outlets, light switches, and electronics, and landline phones to see if they are in a working condition
  2. Check for water leaks and open the taps in your bathrooms and kitchen to check your water pressure
  3. Contact a professional roofing company to inspect your roof for obscured damage

Roof Lightning Repair

You can prevent lightning damage to your roof by installing a metal roof lightning protection system. A lightning protection system consists of a roof lightning rod that averts the power surge from your home.

If a fire or shock wave damaged your roof, Nelson Contracting will carry out an inspection and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote.

Contact us today for professional and affordable roof repair services.

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