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.

Some roofing systems can be severely harmed by damage from heavy winds, tornadoes, or hail. Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged. 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.

Getting a roof inspection & property damage assessment after severe weather like this is important for determining whether you need to address roof damage from hail or high winds. Circumstances do not always allow for immediate repair of roof leaks. In the meantime, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can cover the roof or affected area with a tarp or with a durable plastic shrink wrap material, until such a time when more permanent repairs can be made. We need to stop more moisture damage, so we can prevent mold growth.
Get your roof inspected, even if you think there is no problem, especially if your property falls anywhere within the area of the hail and wind damage map. Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away. And insurance companies sometimes enforce deadlines for claims, so you need to get your claim filed quickly.
Commercial property owners can depend on RestoreMasters emergency response crews to assist them with catastrophic roof damage, siding and window damage, frozen pipe damageand turnkey restoration services.
The types of clients that consistently rely on RestoreMasters to assist them with hail or wind damage to tile roofing includes: all commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, churches, condos, apartments, hotels, resorts, restaurants, dealerships, retail properties, historical homes & buildings, warehouses and industrial 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.
Lighthouse Tabernacle - Sulphur, LARestoreMasters is a disaster restoration contractor, providing storm damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood, responding to emergencies in disaster situations, by aiding with repair of commercial and industrial roofing, tile roofs, providing temporary solutions to cover damaged roofs with tarp or shrink wrap. We also provide clean up of storm debris, water damage cleanup, frozen pipe burst cleanup, restoration after water damage, mold remediation, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, interior restoration and construction and much more. We also provide fire damage cleanup & restoration.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need assistance with storm damage repair.
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 is comprised of professionals specializing in storm damage insurance restoration, including: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, large loss attorneys, roofing engineers, building engineers, interior construction experts, and other experts in the field of damage restoration.
We provide the following roofing services: TPO roofing repair, metal roofing replacement, tile roofing hail & wind damge repair, slate roofing replacement, asphalt shingle roofing repair from tornado damage, EPDM roofing restoration, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing replacement, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing restoration.

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