Tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes often leap to mind at the mention of natural disasters. While such cataclysmic forces of nature pose the obvious risk of total destruction to your home, other less obvious dangers can be just as risky; some have a far greater likelihood of happening. Here are five natural disasters that every home is vulnerable to:
FireVulnerable Areas: Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Western Montana, Northern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
Lightning striking a home without a lightning rod, or any trees that happen to abut against a house can result in a fire. Failing to perform routine cleanings of gutters, or areas around a home that build up with leaf litter can make for a veritable tinder box. These conditions are equally dangerous for fires not started by natural causes.
High WindsVulnerable Areas: Tornado Alley, Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast states, New England, the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest Coast states, Eastern California, Eastern Idaho, Central Arizona, Southern Great Lakes States, and Central New Mexico.
Wind isn’t something you’d typically consider to be extremely dangerous. But just a swift gust can cause significant damage in an area. Edmonton roofing professionals from A. Clark Roofing & Siding Ltd say that high winds are probably the most common cause of home damage that they see. In addition to roofs, traffic, windows, and other objects are compromised in high wind areas.
Tree CollapseVulnerable Areas: Pacific Northwest, West Coast California, Western Montana, Colorado Rocky Mountain Area, Mississippi River States, Appalachian Mountain States, Atlantic Coast of Georgia, and New England.
While large, old trees add beauty and benefit to a home, they can be destructive and even deadly in the event of a collapse. Diseased trees can pose a major threat as they die. Similarly pine trees with the lowers boughs removed are not as secure due to their shallow root system. A strong wind can blow trees over or break branches without warning.
FloodingVulnerable Areas: Washington, Southern Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, and Missouri.
Water damage is among the worst type a home can suffer. Substantial flooding often requires gutting a home before repairs can be made. Water damage can compromise the structural integrity, even of the foundation, and lead to future dangers like mold. Even homes that do not sit in a flood plain can suffer flooding in the wrong circumstances.
HailVulnerable Areas: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri.
A hailstorm does not have to be of the freakish, grapefruit sized variety to damage a home. Siding and even some windows can sustain heavy damage. Hail damage can appear simply cosmetic, it can be a serious issue. Homes pitted by hail can suffer compromised insulation and further water damage.
Extreme Heat or ColdVulnerable Areas – Heat: Western California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern Florida.
Vulnerable Areas – Cold: Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconson, Northern Michigan, Northern New York, and Northern New England.
It might sound laughable at first, but extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can be a tremendous problem, especially because they happen with regular occurrence. Temperature extremes wear on the systems that keep a home functioning. Damage can be subtle enough that it remains undetected until a serious problem rears its ugly head. This tends to create future problems that are more obvious and costly to repair.
Some forces of nature are simply beyond being totally preparedness; however, most disasters threatening your home can be fought. Be aware of the types of problems that could occur and decide how to best protect your home.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.