Tree Protection from Lightning Strikes
Protect trees from lightning? Absolutely. It's been done for almost 200 years and the practice hasn't changed much. Just as lightning rods can protect homes and commercial buildings, trees can be protected from damaging lightning strikes as well. Tom McDonald Contracting has been in the practice of saving trees from catching and spreading fires after lightning strikes for more than 32 years and they can help you too.
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Lightning Protection System For Trees
Trees that have special value, whether historical or personal, or tall trees near a building should receive special care in areas frequently hit by lightening. Tom McDonald Contracting has been protecting trees from lightning for many years. Here's how it works. The same method of protecting buildings is applied to trees. Lightning protection systems begin with a lightening rod. From the rod, lightning travels through a highly conductive metal cable, and into a grounding cable, which sends it many feet under the ground. This diverts the strike down the tree, rather than through it.
It's Not Just for the Trees
When lightning rods are set up in tall and/or valuable trees near homes, the tree is not the only thing that is protected. When the lightning rod is present, electricity travels down it because it is the path of least resistance. The lightning strike may have been otherwise destined for your home or building, causing devastation in the form of fire or heat damage, and damage to outlets, appliances and other electric devices within. Call (302) 266-1609 to have a professional from Tom McDonald Contracting assess your land and buildings and help devise a lightning protection system to protect your family, your buildings and your trees.
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