Protect Your Home From the Strong Summer Wind | SERVPRO® of Pewaukee & Sussex
We all enjoy a soft breeze on a warm summer’s day, but we would bet that not many of us enjoy the wind that accompanies a severe thunderstorm or tornado. Those situations can often be scary and even dangerous when they occur.
Wind can impact our homes in a variety of ways, and it can lead to disastrous effects if we are not careful. While we associate wind damage most often with storms, it can even happen on a sunny day if it is blowing hard enough.
Get to know more about the different types of strong winds below so you can keep your family safe and property free of damage.
The majority of damaging winds come when thunderstorms are in the area, and even more so when a tornado touches down nearby.
Thunderstorms can produce a variety of different weather threats, and they can easily kick up winds up to 60 miles per hour. At that speed, yard debris can be blown about and tossed against your home.
Straight-line winds are also problematic! This type of wind has no rotation to it, which means it can occur in powerful bursts and cause widespread damage with a single gust. Straight-line winds can blow up to 100 miles per hour.
Tornadoes are one step above that and can contain downdrafts, straight-line winds and bursts of wind called micro- or macro-bursts. All of these different types can lead to a dangerous and even deadly situation.
We certainly see our fair share of dangerous weather in the summer and early fall. Severe thunderstorms with strong winds can quickly appear on the radar, even when the entire day was previously sunny! This is why it is crucial to understand the forecast whenever you are going outside.
When the wind blows strongly enough, it can take out trees, toss around heavy yard debris and damage power lines. It can even upend mobile homes and cars if it blows over 80 miles per hour!
In order to have as much advance notice about a developing weather situation, you need to have a way to be alerted to changing conditions. Once the wind advisory or warning is issued, it is time to get ready. Move loose objects inside your home or garage, and tie down the things that are permanently outside, like your grill and propane tanks.
Try to keep your trees trimmed throughout the year, and certainly remove any hanging branches or broken limbs before the wind picks up. A branch can easily become a dangerous projectile at the right speed.
Head to an interior room to ride out the storm and stay away from windows and only leave your sheltering location once you are sure the threat has passed.
Take a walk around your property to look for damage, paying special attention to your roof. If you do discover any sort of storm damage, call SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex right away! We can get your home back together quickly and efficiently.
Has your home been damaged by wind? Call us and get things cleaned up fast.