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The Experts In Water Damage

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water is necessary for life, this we know, but one way it is not needed is when it causes damage to your property. Are you familiar with the many sources of water damage that could impact your home?

How It Happens

The Travelers Companies Inc. reported that between 2009 and 2015, five of the main reasons for homeowner claims were exterior wind damage, non-weather-related water damage, hail, weather-related water damage and theft.

Water damage pops up on this list two times, proving that it should be not be ignored. The list indicates that water damage can be a result of weather situations or non-weather situations.

Non-weather-related water damage is a common occurrence in the home and is a direct result of plumbing and appliance malfunction situations. Water damage from weather situations can be just as trying but does is not often a common occurrence. Weather-related water damage is damage from rain, snow or melting ice.

In your home, the top five causes of water damage are:

  • Issues caused by malfunctioning plumbing
  • Leaks from washing machines
  • Damaged water pipes
  • Water heaters that are beyond their age
  • Weather situations

The major reasons for water damage in the home are plumbing issues, appliance leaks, water pipe breakdowns, old water heaters and weather.

Preventing Water Damage

While water damage costs can be expensive, they could be even more pricey if they are not covered by homeowners insurance. Familiarize yourself with your homeowner policy coverages. Most of the time covered damages in a standard policy are:

  • Winter weather damage
  • Overflowing water issues, including accidental
  • A leaking hot water heating system
  • Frozen/bursting pipes

There are ways to keep water damage from occurring, thereby saving yourself some headaches in the future. Here are some ideas for preventive maintenance to aid in the protection of your home from the damage caused by water:

  • Hire a plumber to install back flow valves and standpipes in basement drains.
  • Raise your appliances and personal items up off the basement floor.
  • Clean all gutters and downspouts.
  • Never place grease down the kitchen drain.

When you follow these suggested tips, you just might reduce the possibility for any water damage incidents in your home.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO of Anaheim Central/ Garden Grove East on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

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