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Learning More About Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Learning More About Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

Water is necessary for life, but what we could do without is the potential for water damage to our property.

There are numerous ways water can damage your home, but do you know what some of the top causes of water damage are?

Water Damage 101

The Travelers Companies Inc. found that between 2009 and 2015 there were five different reasons homeowners claims were made. Those were:

  • Wind damage to the outside of the building
  • Water damage caused by non-weather situations
  • Hail
  • Water damage caused by the weather
  • Crimes, including theft

Notice how water damage makes this list twice? That’s because of how much havoc it can wreak. The list breaks water damage into two different categories: the sort not caused by the weather and the sort caused by the weather.

Damage not caused by weather is the most frequent in the home and is the result of plumbing and appliance problems. Water damage caused by the weather can be just as difficult but is not as frequent. This type of damage can happen due to the moisture caused by rain, snow and ice melt.

Regarding your home, the most popular reasons for water damage are:

  • Malfunctions in your plumbing systems
  • Leaking appliances
  • Water pipe breakdowns
  • Old water heaters
  • Weather
How to Limit Water Damage

Water damage repair costs are high, but the situation could be much worse if you do not have adequate coverage in your homeowners insurance policy.

You will want to review your homeowners insurance to be sure you know what is covered. Most of the time winter damage from ice and snow, water overflows, a breakdown of a hot water heating system, and frozen plumbing are covered in a standard policy.

By staying diligent, it is also possible to keep some water damage incidents from occurring.

Check into these precautionary and regular maintenance tips to keep your home, hopefully, free from water damage. Here are some suggestions:

  • Use water sensors and automatic shut-off valves.
  • Hire a professional to install back flow valves and standpipes in basement drains.
  • Use metal mesh hoses for your washing machine and clothes dryer.
  • All of the outside gutters and downspouts need to be kept clear.
  • Never pour grease down the sink.
  • Be sure your sump pump is running properly.

While it may not be possible to prevent all water damage situations in your home, you can follow some of these suggestions to be proactive about protecting your property.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

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