Home Water Damage Prevention Tips
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make with their home is failing to inspect and maintain their plumbing on a regular basis. Use this guide to ensure that your home stays water damage free.
Water Damage Facts “Scary Numbers”
- Every year nearly 1 million families have their homes ruined and their lives overturned by water damage and the subsequent repairs.
- Water damage accounts for approximately 23% of all home owner property damage in the US.
- 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day.
- 98% of all basements will experience some sort of water damage in their lifetime.
The Biggest Cause Of Water Damage
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks.
- On average that is approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year wasted by leaks for each US home. A tiny, 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.
Water Damage Costs To Homeowners
- Depending on where the appliance is located in the house, cleaning up after a faulty water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or air conditioner averages about $5,000.
- Damage from a burst water pipe can cost $5,000-$70,000 or more with an average insurance claim costing $15,000.
- If an entire house is flooded with storm water, 1-4 inches of water, the estimated cost is $7,800. For 9-12 inches, the estimate is $18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285.
Water Damage Prevention Tips
- Have a plumber inspect and maintain your water heater on a regular basis.
- Replace hoses on appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and icemakers at any sign of wear.
- Get your toilet inspected regularly by a plumber.
- Turn off water immediately when supply leaks occur.
- Pay attention to your plumbing system – look for signs of wear, including noisy pipes, signs of moisture on walls or floors, or rust-stained water.