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Water Damage By The Numbers

3 WATER DAMAGE E BY THE NUMBERS WATER DAMAGE FACTS FROM INSURANCE INDUSTRY RESEARCH 14,000 98% 37% people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day. of U.S. homeowners claim to have suffered losses from water damage. of basements in the U.S. will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans. That's approximately 2/3 of a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden. $2.5 bn $6,965 8.7 res 75% The annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold in the U.S. The average cost of a home water damage insurance claim The average age of failed washing machine supply hoses of water heaters fail before they are 12 years old. O 000 YOUR HOUSE GETS WATER DAMAGE. COST: $6,965 25 BILLION DOLLARS WATER LEAK FACTS Pos Angeles + CHICAGO + MIAMI 1,000,000,000,000 Water leaks from U.S. homes can exceed 1 trillion gallons in a year. That's equal to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined. 250GAL 10% 3,000GAL 200 GAL The amount of water that can leak from a 1/8-inch pipe crack in a day of homes in the U.S. have leaks that waste at least 90 gallons of water per day. A faucet leaking at the rate of one drip per second can waste over 3,000 gallons of water in a year. A continuously running toilet can waste over 200 gallons of water per day. 250 GALLONS 200 ogo CALLINS 90GAL 1/8" $ $ $WATER DAMAGE COSTS $ $$ AVERAGE COST OF WATER DAMAGE RESULTING FROM: Water Heaters linternal leaksl: $3,642 Water Heaters (valve failurel: $4,218 Washing Machine Failures loccupied homesl: $4,959 Water Heaters Isupply line failurel: $5,825 Flooded House (1-4 inches of waterl: $7,800 Frozen Pipe-Related Failures: $8,189 Bathroom Fixtures: $10,799 Washing Machine Failures tunoccupied homesl: $12,308 Appliance Leaks loverall $13,467 Faulty Plumbing: $17,250 Flooded House (9-12 inches of waterl: $18.930 Flooded House (18 inches of waterl: $26,285 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 Costs are estimates from insurance industry data WATER DAMAGE CATEGORIES WATER DAMAGE IS CLASSIFIED INTO 3 CATEGORIES: CATEGORY 1 (CLEAN WATER) CATEGORY 2 (GREY WATER) CATEGORY 3 (BLACK WATER) Uncontaminated at its source and does not pose a threat if people are exposed to it. Example: Water from a sink overflow. Could contain some contaminants and might cause discomfort or illness to people exposed to it. Examples: Sump pit water, discharge from dishwashers. Contaminated water, which could cause serious illness or even death to people exposed to it. Examples: Sewage spills, standing water, floodwater. Note: These categories are not permanent - for example, clean water could spill out of a pipe and turn into "black" standing water. WATER DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS Replace hoses on appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and icemakers at any sign of wear. They're cheap, so replace them early, before the manufacturer's suggested timetable. Use the highest quality replacements. Have a plumber inspect and maintain your it finishes refilling. Get your toilets inspected regularly by a plumber. Pay attention to your toilet - stay in the room until When supply leaks occur, turn off the water - fast! Make sure your Pay attention to your plumbing system - look for signs of wear, including noisy pipes, signs of moisture on Make sure you have a reliable sump pump and backup sump pump protecting your basement. water heater on a regular basis. kids know how to do this too. walls or floors, or rust-stained water. WATER LEAK TIPS Check your toilet by placing a drop of food coloring in the tank. If colored water ends up in the toilet bowl in 15 minutes or less without flushing, there probably is a leak. Note: after you do this, flush the toilet a few times to Watch your water bill for unexpectedly high usage. For example, during the winter a family of four probably uses 12,000 gallons of water or less per month. Higher usage could signal a problem. Fix leaks and drips quickly, as soon as you see them. These are often quick, easy fixes that don't cost much. Use water leak alarms and automatic water shutoff systems to catch leaks quickly. Use no water for two hours. Read your water meter before and after this period. If the reading is not the same, you likely have a leak somewhere keep from staining it. water damage Water Damage Defense is an online distributor of specialty water damage prevention equipment. We equip homeowners so they can protect their property from the devastating effects of water damage. DEFENSE Read our home improvement tips at: Sources: | | | | | | | | All facts, figures, and advice provided herein are intended for informational purposes. Before relying on such information or beginning any construction project, please ensure to consult a professional. © Copyright 2013, Water Damage Defense. XXX XXXX XXX XXX

Water Damage By The Numbers

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Information on what happens in many water damage situations.




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