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3 Storm Damage Risks to Watch For | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning during a storm. When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Central Honolulu your first call.

When severe weather is in the forecast, it can make even the most experienced homeowner wary. Storms can be very strong and cause damage to your home and property!

In terms of the different kinds of damage, water, wind and impact damages are the most common. All three can cause major damages to your home.

Thankfully, just because a storm is predicted to be strong doesn’t mean that your home will suffer any sort of damage. It all depends on what kind of storm it is, where you live in town and how well your home was constructed.

In Honolulu, we mostly experience heavy rains and tropical storm threats, but we have been known to see the occasional severe thunderstorm as well. It is crucial to understand how to approach each situation in relation to protecting your home.


Wind from severe storms or tropical weather events can be incredibly strong. Reaching over 100 mph, wind can cause widespread damage to our properties.

When wind blows that quickly, it can uproot trees and overturn cars. Remain indoors during any sort of storm that is producing intense wind.

If you are alerted ahead of time for an incoming storm, take a few moments to prepare your yard. Pull your patio furniture into your garage or under your carport, and keep your landscaping free of any large rocks or dead debris.


Water damage is one of the largest threats to us here in Honolulu. With our warm and moist climate, any standing water or lingering moisture in our homes can be a breeding ground for mold.

Be careful about doing any landscaping close to your home. If you do, angle any structures away from the foundation of your home to prevent water from flowing backward into your basement or lowest level. You can also incorporate a rain garden into your landscaping to help provide a place for the water to collect.

If you have gutters on your home, make sure they are free of any debris and your downspouts are pointing away from your house. Any pooling water on your roof has the potential to leak down your walls.


When it comes to impact damages, they can be very expensive and widespread. If winds accompanying a thunderstorm or tropical weather event are strong enough, they can uproot trees and throw them into your home or overturn your cars into the side of your house.

Impact damages, which occur when storms throw items into your home or property, making an impact, can be some of the most devastating.

Do your best to address any dead trees or property debris before any incoming storm and remove any yard hazards when you can to reduce your risk of suffering these types of damages.

If you do suffer storm damage, it can be hard on your wallet. In 2021, storm damage cost Americans $145 billion in damages!

At SERVPRO of Central Honolulu, we are here to make sure that the long-term effects of any damages are minimal. We will jump right into action and begin your restoration plan as soon as possible! Call us day or night, and we will be there.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

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