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Old 06-07-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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Lightning Strike!!!! What to do?

My brother's house got struck by lightning last night. It hit the dryer vent and started a small fire in the attic. It also broke water pipes and fried several pieces of electrical equipment, ie TV, Washer, Dryer, Ceiling Fans. Should the house be rewired because of the excessive voltage/current that when through it? A meeting with the insurance adjuster is tomorrow. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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Help as in what? There really is nothing you can do when lightening finds shortest path to ground. Once the adjuster gives them an idea as to what the next step is, your brother will know where to go. Let him do the work, since it is his home and he will be the one to sign off on the various spec's (Electrical, Plumbing, purchasing of replacement stuff).

What I would do also, is have the electrician bid in a whole house Surge that connects respectively, and place proper surge protectors on electronics. Even if the pipes where grounded, the lightening still would have found some place to "break out".

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Any or all of the wires throughout the walls may or may not have been fried (melted) along part or all of their length as the lightning jumped from hot to ground within.

Unless an electrician can see the wires (by breaking open the walls, he will either bid for redoing the entire house wiring or quote an hourly rate. and you would hope that the adjuster comes up with the same dollar amount.
Stick to your lawn watering schedule until it really starts to pour. After the storm you have only the same number of rest days you always had and then you need to start watering again.

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