When you live in an area that is prone to thunder and lightning storms, you will want to take a few extra precautions to protect your home. Lightning can pose many dangers to both your home and electrical features. When lightning strikes your home, you may suffer from anything from minor fires to complete destruction of all your electrical components, like wiring and appliances. As a public claims adjuster in Polk County, we have seen the devastation that can be caused by lightning. These are some of the lightning protection systems that you can consider installing to protect your home.
Air terminals are more frequently known as lightning rods. These aluminum or copper parts are strategically mounted on the roof so that they take the lightning strike head on, which prevents it from entering the interior of your home. When this occurs, this can cause extensive damage to the entire structure of your home. These rods intercept lightning strikes before they hit the home, sparing you from these damages.
Every home should have at least two ground rods that are installed ten feet or more into the earth. This component directs the electrical current into the ground, reducing the chance of injury or property damage.
When you choose to use bonds to protect your home from lightning, an expert will install metallic roof parts into the ground. These will reduce the risk of side flashing and increase conductivity, which will help to bring the electrical current from lightning away from the home.
Electrical surges are surges of electricity that often follow when lightning strikes your home. Surge suppressors are installed in your electrical panels to prevent any extra surges of electricity from coming into your home. When these suppressors are professionally installed, they protect you home, electronics, and appliances.
Homes that have trees within ten feet of the property should also have tree protectors installed to keep electricity from also damaging the trees. These protectors should prevent trees from being struck by lightning and splitting, falling onto the roof of the home or breaking the windows when it falls. By protecting your trees, you also spare your home from any additional property damage.
These are a few different types of lightning protectors that you can install in and around your home so that you have extra security and protection. By protecting your home, you can avoid extensive damage that can be easily caused by electrical currents from lightning. If you have suffered from damages to your property after a storm, contact our public claims adjuster in Polk County to hear how we can help you today.