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What Is the Difference Between Storm Damage and Flooding?

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

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Storms in Las Vegas, NV can cause a host of problems. Storm damage includes structural damage and other harm caused by wind, fallen tree limbs, and other factors. Flood damage is caused by dry land or a dry building being unexpectedly flooded with water or mud. A storm can bring about both kinds of damage, but for insurance purposes and when seeking out a repair service, it is important to distinguish between the two. The impact of both storms and floods are tied closely to the health of the following systems in a commercial building:

? Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
? Roof, windows, and walls
? Landscaping, especially trees

Defining Storm Damage

Roofing, walls, and windows are all parts of the building envelope that can be breached during storms if they are not carefully maintained. Interiors can also be affected during the course of a storm. Regular maintenance can help minimize the damage done. For example, having trees neatly trimmed reduces the chance of old, dead limbs falling onto or into a structure. A roof leak that is merely a nuisance under normal conditions can be disastrous during a storm, and it may be the only sign of a roof that is in poor condition. Staying on top of seemingly small problems can prevent larger and more devastating issues down the road.

What About Flood Damage?

Floods can be caused by storms, rainfall failing to drain properly, and overflowing waterways. The source of the water is typically natural, although it can also result from issues with water piping. Flooding can fill an HVAC system with water and ruin flooring, electrical wiring, and walls. It may be necessary to seek out restoration services in Las Vegas, NV to maintain building function.

Maintenance of a commercial property includes preparing for the worst. Flood damage and damage from storms are two dangers to look out for, and they can be even more troublesome in buildings that are not sufficiently prepared. Visit http://www.SERVPROsummerlinnorthsuncity.com for more information on storm damage. 

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