The Danger of Spring and Summer Storms for Property and Fencing

The Danger of Spring and Summer Storms for Property and Fencing

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 09:42

Warm weather has truly arrived in the mountains of western North Carolina. One of the most beautiful places to live in the country. We are so fortunate to be in the shadow of some of the tallest mountains in the Appalachians. 

From almost anywhere in the Asheville area, residents can look up to see beautiful views and vast vistas. Within a short drive of downtown, you can explore hundreds of waterfalls, hike and mountain bike on thousands of miles of trails, and enjoy true outdoor adventure. 

With spring and summer comes the promise of sunny days and opportunities to explore the multitude of hiking and mountain biking trails, campgrounds, and waterways. But that warmer weather also brings along an increased risk of severe weather, including thunderstorms, heavy rain, and strong winds. We have already seen a number of strong systems form along the Appalachian mountains this year.

 

The Danger of Spring and Summer Storms for Property and Fencing

This potential for strong thunderstorms and tropical weather is a concern for home and business owners. Thunderstorms and the remnants of landfalling tropical storms can bring lightning, high winds, hail, heavy rain, flash flooding, and landslides. 

They can have damaging and even devastating impacts on the property and home. In this post, we are discussing the potential effects of spring and summer storms on your property and fencing.

1. Impacts of Storms

Every storm will pose its own unique risks to property. A quick-moving storm may not drop much rain but instead, bring heavy winds. Here are several ways spring and summer storms can damage your residential or commercial property and fencing:

  • Wind: The most prevalent threat for damage from storms comes from wind blowing down trees and large limbs onto your property and fencing.
  • Flash Flooding: The most prevalent threat to your family is that flash flooding can rise quickly and create dramatic situations in western North Carolina. Furthermore, ongoing standing water and drainage issues in your yard can lead to rot in your wooden fencing if you are considering a different fence material that is more resistant to water. This can also lead to infestations.
  • Lightning: Frequent cloud to ground lightning can damage structures, cause fires to buildings, and break trees and tree limbs, which can fall and damage your fencing. 
  • Landslides: They can damage large portions of fencing if they get caught in a slide after heavy rains. These don’t have to be big affairs to cause damage. Even a small slip of land along the windy hills and tops of the mountains can pose a risk.
  • Hail: Not as much a threat to fencing as other severe storms or weather events, but if you have an automatic gate operator, make sure its casing is secure.

2. What Home and Business Owners Can Do to Prepare for Spring and Summer Storms

If you already have a fence in place, there are a few easy steps you should take before the spring and summer storm season really ramps up. These few steps will ensure any home and business owner will be as prepared as possible:

  • Gather Your Paperwork: If your home, commercial property, and/or fencing is damaged during a storm, you want to make sure you know the location of your insurance information and other relevant paperwork. You will save yourself a lot of stress if you keep that paperwork together and in a safe place.
  • Plan to Be Weather-Aware: Know when to expect weather and avoid the temptation to dismiss weather reports. This will help you avoid the stress of "surprise" damage and help you make decisions with your family about evacuating if you are in a flood or landslide-prone area. Follow local meteorologists like Jason Boyer, AshevilleWX-Hunter Ward, Brad Panovich, and Ray's Weather on social media. These professionals help break down what to expect and the chances of experiencing adverse weather conditions. 
  • Repair Existing Damage: If your property or fencing is already damaged, have it repaired before an event occurs to help streamline the claims process. For fencing repair and installation, you can contact Asheville Fence.
  • Reduce Risks: Whether you have dead trees or big dead limbs hanging over your home or fencing, areas prone to flooding and poor drainage, or some other risky trouble spot, have repairs and corrections made before storms cause even more damage. Remove items that overhang and keep large objects that might topple over or bang against the fence, like ladders or outdoor hosting furniture, stowed in a safe location away from fences.
  • Make an Emergency Plan: The time to plan to protect your family, employees, and customers is now. If you have access control and electronic gates, make sure the battery backups are working before storms arrive that can knock them offline. For routine access control maintenance, Asheville Fence can help.

3. Considerations for a New Fence Installation to Help Mitigate Damage from Severe Weather

If you are considering installing a fence and all this makes you think your time and money might be easily thrown away on a damaged fence, there are a number of design and installation steps that you can choose to mitigate risks. 

  • Sturdy and Rot Resistant Footers: Wooden fences are a beautiful and popular option for a reason, but wooden posts anchored directly into the ground are at an increased risk of rotting from moisture in the soil, especially after repeated heavy or prolonged periods of consistent rain. When installing a wooden fence, consider using a metal post within the overall wooden fence structure.
  • Balance Privacy and Wind Resistance: The trick to avoiding significant damage from strong winds is to allow them to pass straight through. A vinyl or wood fence that doesn’t have enough room for wind to move between pickets acts as a sail. Even the best-anchored fence can suffer wind damage if it is too resistant. If you genuinely need a fully private fence, consider a base fence with manageable gaps and then some form of decorative privacy screen that you can remove or repair much more easily.
  • Protect Electricals:  If you have an electric fence or an enclosed area that relies on an electric gate operator, you may want to consider proofing against electrical damage from lightning strikes or damaged and downed power lines. Lightning arrestors, diverters, and grounding rods are all practical options depending on your fence type and location that can help keep your fence in operating order and surrounding structures safe from being in the path of an electrical shock.
  • Pay Attention to Landscaping:  As you begin to consider your new fence installation, give thought to the land it will be placed on. Ensure that you have proper drainage channels in the area, retaining walls, and plants that can help mitigate soil erosion. Doing the work beforehand will help reduce the risk of damage from flash floods by keeping excess water in line, and increased soil stability can keep landslides from forming.

Durable Fence Repair and Installation in Asheville

Asheville Fence has seen our share of storms in western North Carolina. We are here for you if you do experience damage from wind or flash flooding. Even a small amount of damage should be addressed quickly. A little bit of discoloration, a chip in the finish, or a board slightly askew may not seem like much, but they are a chink in the armor. And a small problem can quickly balloon into more significant damage.

We have a helpful checklist of items that indicate you may need to have your fence repaired and when it is more cost-effective to replace the entirety of the fence itself. Fences are typically durable. They can have a long lifespan if properly maintained. However, just because a fence can be repaired, that doesn’t necessarily mean it should be fixed.

If you would just like to consider installing a fence that matches the beauty of the surrounding area, we can help with that as well. Contact Asheville Fence today. We can perform a basic estimate over the phone or online for free to help get you started on your journey to a safer, more beautiful property.

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