The Facts About Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
As a homeowner, you make tough decisions in order to keep your home nice and well-maintained. But sometimes, no matter what you try, there’s just no stopping a disaster or accident from happening.
Water damage of some kind at some point is bound to happen. Approximately one in every 50 homes will have a water damage claim in any given year.
That’s why it’s important to ensure that your pipes and appliances are well-equipped and maintained. While doing this doesn’t always prevent damage to your home, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Here’s a look at the realities of water damage:
24. This is the percentage of all home insurance claims that are related to water damage. When you break it down, that means almost one out of every four insurance claims is regarding water damage.
48. In this instance, we are referring to hours. It only takes 48 hours before water damage can become mold damage and cause more issues. And while 48 hours may seem like enough time, the reality is, sometimes it doesn’t even take that long.
98. Does your home have a basement? If so, this 98 is referring to the percentage of homes that will experience some type of water damage. Check your basement frequently for signs of water, such as ceiling discoloration.
10,234. This is how much money the average insurance claim for water damage costs. Water damage, even minimal, can cause major structural damage along with damage to your possessions. When you start to add up things in your home, this number can actually seem very realistic.
14,000. This is how many water damage situations occur each day. When you do the math, that calculates to every six seconds something is happening to someone’s home.
13,000,000,000. This is the annual cost of water damage and removal is here in the United States. Most of us wouldn’t even know how to picture what $13 billion looks like, but $1 billion would cover 255.5 acres.
Now that we have discussed what water damage can really look like, you can rest assured that most water damage is preventable. Stay up to date with repairs and maintenance on your home. Doing this can at the very least reduce the risk of something happening to your home.
If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.