Mesa, AZ, May 4th, 2015 -- Although tornadoes are more common in certain parts of the United States, they have been reported in all 50 states. On average, tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. each year, but some years see much higher numbers. In a typical year, over $1 billion dollars in property damage is due to tornadoes.
Although some properties impacted by a tornado may experience complete destruction, many more survive the twister with anywhere from minor to significant damages. They may be left with issues due to strong winds, hail, heavy rain and even flooding when roofs, walls, windows and plumbing are destroyed or damaged.
Many of these properties can be rebuilt and repaired, but there are potential hazards aside from live electrical wires and leaking gas lines that people need to be aware. They include the following:
- Mold can begin to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours on many types of building materials and household belongings when they become wet. It’s important to begin drying wet materials as soon as it is safe to do so. Some nonporous materials can be cleaned and salvaged, but most porous materials should be discarded if mold growth is present.
- Water damage and flooding caused by a tornado can bring not only rainwater into a property, but also viruses, bacteria and chemical contaminants
- Asbestos can be found in many materials that were used in older homes and buildings. When removing debris, these asbestos fibers can become aerosolized. Inhaled asbestos fibers can cause respiratory disease, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
- Lead is a concern because it is a highly toxic metal. The disturbance or removal of materials containing lead-based paints from properties may result in elevated concentrations of lead dust in the air.
“Tornadoes can leave a path of destruction that can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and even house to house,” said Douglas Waldie, President of Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters, LLC. “At Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters, we have teams of professionals that can help property owners get back on their feet and rebuild tornado damaged properties by comprehensively settling insurance claims while taking into account all of the damage and hazards that may exist. Our insurance and property damage experts help policy holders obtain the most accurate and complete settlement so they can rebuild their homes and businesses and get back to their lives.”
To learn more about how the licensed public adjusters at Hudson Douglas can settle insured property claims quickly and for the fair maximum value, please visit www.HudsonDouglasPublicAdjusters.com, email claims@HudsonDouglas.com or call (800) 898-4290.
About Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters, LLC
With more than 50 years of experience in the construction and disaster restoration industries, the founders of Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters provide policy holders with professional representation to efficiently manage and settle insured claims. Hudson Douglas’ public adjusters are licensed to offer these services to residential and commercial customers in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.