How Strong Winds Can Impact An Unprepared Commercial Property
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During these cooler winter months, it's common for our area to experience a blast of colder air, accompanied by strong winds. Although the colder air might be a welcome change, strong and gusty winds can wreak havoc on unprepared commercial properties, resulting in significant property damage. In today's LMC blog post, we look at exactly how strong winds can impact an unprepared commercial property, and how LMC can help your site be prepared.
One of the first victims of strong winds in our area are trees, since branches and limbs can easily be broken or completely snapped off from high winds. This kind of tree damage can be devastating for trees since it can take months for the tree to recover, or it could be left uneven and unstable. While some tree damage can be obvious, in the form of dangling branches and limbs, other tree damage can be hidden if it's high up or camouflaged by foliage. Trees that are not regularly pruned are far more susceptible to this type of wind damage.
Toppled Trees and Plants
In some cases, strong winds don't just damage trees – they can completely uproot them or topple them so that they must be cut down and removed. This can happen to young, new trees as well as older, mature trees that have not been well watered or have a poor root system. In addition, high winds can also damage or uproot plants and flowers, whether they are planted in the ground or grow in containers. It's essential that young trees be secured to help prevent wind damage, and all trees should be regularly watered and fertilized in order to promote a strong root system.
Nearby Structural Damages and Losses
When a commercial property is unprepared for severe weather, such as a windstorm, the results can also be catastrophic for adjacent buildings, utilities, and other property. For example, high winds can send tree debris flying into a retail store window, cause injury to restaurant customers, or damage nearby commercial vehicles. In addition, tree debris can also damage utility lines, causing power outages and forcing businesses to close temporarily.