Water damage: Third largest cause of loss to homeowners

According to the American Insurance Association, water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the US. An average home loses 14 % of its water to leaks, which equates to 22 gallons of water leaking somewhere every day. The most common culprits are leaking toilets or dripping faucets. Most major water damage claims come from a leaky or burst pipe. Know where the most common leaks can occur in your home, and what you can do to prevent water damage.

Common Water Leaks

Whether you experience a catastrophic water leak or a small unnoticed water leak, the damage can be devastating. The most common causes of plumbing leaks that lead to water damage in your home are:

  • Sump Pump Failure
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Makers
  • Water Heaters
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Washing Machines
  • Showers and Tubs
  • Clogged Drains

Preventing Water Damage

Here are some tips to prevent water leaks and property damage in your home or office:

  1. Know where and how to shut off your water main
  2. Check your faucets on a regular basis
  3. Unattach and put garden hoses away in the winter they can freeze and burst
  4. Make sure the caulking around your tub and /or shower is water tight
  5. Install a back up battery powered sump pump
  6. Install an alarm on your sump pump to notify you if there is a problem
  7. Install drip pans under appliances
  8. Clean out your basement drains -make them free and clear of debris

If you do experience flood damage from a water leak, you need to be sure to extract the water, completely dry the area, look for obvious and hidden mold and remediate the mold as quickly as possible. A professional water removal service can not only locate unseen sources of water leaks, but can also find hidden mold. Certified professionals use high-tech equipment and are trained in the best techniques to fix your water problems efficiently and safely, before worse damage can occur.