Water Damage Causes and Statistics
Water damage is considered the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States.
From 2002 to 2011, average losses suffered by home owners were more than $2.9 billion in damages.
An average 37% of homeowners made claims against losses from water damage.
Every inch of water can cause property damage to your home.
Potential Causes of Water Damage
The primary causes of water damage are:
• Overflowing Toilet - resulting from clogged pipes or septic system.
• Leaky or Broken Water Heater – maintain regular inspection of units.
• Burst Pipes – old or ill fitted pipes can burst in and under your home.
• Heavy Rain and Storms – causing roof leakages.
• Flooding – happens inside or outside of home.
• Fires – watered use to put out the first can damage possessions and overall home structure.
What to Do if Water Damage Occurs
Immediately shut off the water to your home if damage is being incurred from a plumbing malfunction to avoid further flooding.
Move all of your possessions to dry ground such as valuables, documents, and electronics.
Do not use electricity if your home has water damage is the wiring can be impacted.
Have your home inspected by a professional first.
File a claim with your insurance company is water damage is present so your home can get repaired.
Contact a restoration services company to remove moisture from your home.
Mold is able to grow within 24 hours of a flood, so immediately taking action against damage is importance.
Lastly, document the damage with pictures to ensure proof is obtained.
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