Protecting Your Home From Lightning

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- There`s been a sudden interesting lightning protection following multiple lightning strikes over the weekend.

Jay Pettlon owns the A-1 Lightning Protection business.  He travels across the country installing lightning rods that connect to highly conductive wires.  Those wires send energy from lightning to copper poles buried at least 10 feet in the ground.

'I`m third generation of doing it so we`ve protected thousands of homes in the St. Louis area.

He has seen chimneys blown off from lightning and electronics ruined.  His company also helps set up safeguards for home electronics.

He says lately there seems to be a growing level of interest in the Chesterfield and St. Albans areas.

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The other big problem that`s giving some homeowners fits is wet basements.

Dave Thompson is with Woods Basement Systems.  The company helps dry out flooded basements and fixes foundation cracks.

'The ground is overly saturated so the water has no where else to go, except into your dry basement,' said Thompson.

He looks for rain water running over gutters or cracks in the ground to troubleshoot potential problems.

Some homeowners have been trying to use gravel or small rocks to create a slope that runs away from their house.

'That won`t work, 'said Thompson.  He says you need to raise your soil level, otherwise the water will find its way through those rocks.

He also recommends a backup battery for any pumps a homeowner uses to keep water out.  He says power often goes out when you need that pump the most.

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