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The 411 on Damaging Winds

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy Wind Can Be Dangerous

There are many concerns that come with severe storms, and damaging winds are one of them. These winds often happen with minimal warning and can wreak havoc, causing long-term structural impacts.

Tornadoes and hurricanes are probably what first comes to mind when thinking about damaging winds; however, those are not the only ones to be concerned about.

Traditionally, damaging winds are those with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph and can be the result of a strong thunderstorm. You will commonly hear damaging winds referred to as “straight-line” winds, which differentiates them from the winds stemming from a tornado.

Damage caused by these winds can be especially devastating and destructive, causing loose objects to become projectiles. The windows and the roof can take the brunt of this damage, and if it’s extensive, can cause water damage to the home as well as the outside elements come indoors.

Anyone living in a thunderstorm-prone area can be vulnerable to damaging winds, but there are some structures that are especially at risk. Mobile homes, even while anchored, could be seriously damaged by wind gusts exceeding 80 mph.

How to Protect Your Home

There are many suggestions that will help you protect your property from damaging winds, but keep in mind “reinforce and remove, the “Two R’s” of protecting your property against damaging winds.

  • Make sure to have your garage door professionally reinforced.

  • Remove and/or anchor any loose items on your property that could be moved or tossed around by the wind, such as trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.

  • If you have a large or dying tree near your home, have a professional remove it and any large branches that could be blown over onto your home or break away and come through the window.

Often, damaging winds do not come when it is convenient or with advanced warning. Being proactive and practicing the above suggestions can prepare you for just those times.

Also, if you are building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure that all windows, walls and doors are compliant with the building code for your area.

If your home has been hit by damaging winds and resulting water damage, the highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of Piscataway are here to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home.


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