Disaster Restoration Contractors Respond To Damage From Wind-Driven Hail And Two Tornadoes In Central Ohio, On May 3, 2022

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Disaster Response Team

May 4, 2022

Central Ohio received a beating on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, with hail up to the size of golf balls and baseballs, and two tornadoes, both causing significant damage to houses and commercial buildings. Small hail driven by moderate winds can cause some damage to roofing systems, but large hail propelled by winds above 50 – 60 mph can cause significant damage. Additionally, tree branches and debris driven by tornadoes and very high wind can add to hail damage. When a roof is damaged by hail it allows for leaks and water seepage, which causes molds and mildews to grow in attics and between walls. RestoreMasters was on the move, throughout the central Ohio area, after the May 3rd storm to remedy damage, applying shrink wrap or tarp to roofs, assessing damage, and helping homeowners and business owners deal with insurance paperwork. They will continue to assist with clean-up and restoration. It was only a week ago that Lorain County had a tornado touch down, ripping roofing systems and throwing debris throughout the area.

According to local news reports, in Fairfield County, hail was reported as large as eggs or tennis balls, about 2 to 2.5 inches wide. Campers at an RV dealership were toppled in Jeffersonville and a grain silo and barn in Fairfield County were damaged. An EF-0 tornado dropped about a half-mile south of Rawson in Hancock County and remained on ground for 7 miles, lifting off a quarter-mile west of the Findlay Airport. It caused damage to barns and toppled power poles and uprooted trees. Another tornado, rated an EF-1 landed in Huron County and traveled only a half-mile. It knocked down two grain bins, and uprooted several trees and power lines.

A hail map of the local area, indicates a long trail of heavy hail ranging over 1” (yellow) from Ashville, directly south of Columbus, and moving up to Center, Ohio. Larger Hail dropped south of Ashville up to Zanesville (light and dark orange). The largest hailstones were up to baseball size.

Hail Map, Central Ohio, May 3, 2022

Images and videos of the storm flooded social media throughout the afternoon, evening, and next day:

According to the National Weather Service storm map and damage report most heavy damage was concentrated in Fairfield, Hancock and Muskingum Counties with a lot of tree and power line damage, as well as many hail reports confirming the largest sizes to be 2” to 2.5”.

  • Southworth: widespread wind damage in Landeck, trees and power poles down, chicken coop destroyed, shingles off roofs, a garage moved from its foundation.
  • Hamilton: Trees and power poles down, a car damaged.
  • Slate Run: Silo and barn damage, multiple trees, and power poles down.
  • Lancaster: Tree fell on a house, 1.75”, 2.25” and 2.5” hail reported.
  • Baltimore: Ping pong to golf ball size hail reported.
  • Jeffersonville: Ten campers overturned at Buckeye RV, barn damaged, downed trees, multiple roads with snapped power poles.
  • Cedarville: Two trees were knocked down, including one onto a house.
  • Findlay: Tree limbs down, 12-18” diameter tree knocked down onto a house.
  • Monroeville: EF-1 tornado confirmed, peak winds at 90 mph, grain silo damaged, 15 power poles were downed.
  • Zanesville: Quarter to golf-ball-size hail, breaking windows in a house.
  • Crooksville: Multiple trees down, one hit a car and a shed was blown away.
  • Circleville: Large, mature tree down on Nicholas Drive
  • Lebanon: Trees were reported down, and one damaged a car

RestoreMasters would like to warn all residents to be very careful when inspecting their property as some damage can be hidden, especially if trees or heavy branches fall on buildings, which may cause unseen structural damage. Hail damage assessment on rooftops should be done with great care and proper footwear, as well as a sturdy, properly placed ladder. The RestoreMasters team is available to assist with assessments, insurance claim reports, emergency repair, and restorations.

Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. Several factors will determine the severity of roof damage: the height of the building and proximity to nearby structures, the quality of work by the original installers, the shape and angle of the roof, the age and type of roofing materials, and the impact from debris.

It's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment following severe weather like this so that you can determine whether you have roof damage from hail or high winds. If roof leaks are a problem, they need to be addressed immediately. Experienced roofing contractors can either cover the affected area (or the entire roof) with a tarp or with a durable shrink wrap plastic membrane until long-term repairs can be made. Preventing water intrusion will help stop mold from growing.
If your property was anywhere within the storm damage map, it would be best to get your roof inspected, even if you think your roof was not damaged. Many storm damage symptoms are not always evident immediately. And insurance companies can require you to get a claim in before their deadline.
Commercial property owners can rest assured that emergency response crews are available to assist with window, siding and roof damage, frozen pipe damage as well as turnkey restoration services.
We provide services to clients of all types, with hail or wind damage to tile roofing, such as: hospitals, medical facilities, churches, schools, colleges & universities, museums, condos, hotels, warehouses, resorts, retail properties, historical properties, industrial properties, and residential properties.
If your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof, or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.
March 25, 2021 Tornado DamageWe are RestoreMasters, a restoration contractor specializing in wind & hail damage roofing, providing storm damage restoration services including: disaster response, commercial and industrial roofing, tile roof repair, emergency roof repair with tarp or shrink wrap, debris cleanup, water mitigation, pipe burst cleanup, water damage restoration, tornado damage roofing & restoration. In addition to that, we respond to disaster situations with: hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and construction, windows & doors, and other services to rebuild your property. We also provide fire damage restoration.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need help fixing storm damage.
Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition. We are a turnkey restoration contractor providing help with all phases of restoration from emergency cleanup services to complete build back of your property.
The RestoreMasters team of professionals includes: public adjusters, insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, roofing and building engineers, interior restoration crews, and many more professionals specializing in insurance restoration for storm damage.
We provide repair, replacement and restoration services due to tornado damage and hurricane damage for the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing, PVC roofing.

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