Water in your pipes
Water is a necessity in our daily lives, but it can wreak havoc in your home if it runs loose. This costly and burdensome damage is more common than you may think.
- One in 50 – The share of insured homes that file a property damage claim caused by water damage or freezing each year
- Water damage is the second most frequently filed homeowners claim
- $9,633 – Average cost of a claim due to water damage or freezing
- 3.5 – Average number of days it takes a mitigation unit to dry out a home
- 250 gallons of water per day can leak from a 1/8-inch pipe crack
Tips to prevent water damage
- Know where the main water valve is located, so it can be shut it off quickly in case of an emergency.
- Monitor the water bill. A bigger water bill may indicate a water leak exists.
- Replace the rubber hoses on washing machines, dishwashers and other water-related appliances periodically. Steel-braided hoses increase durability and longevity.
- Test sump pumps at least once per year. If the pump doesn’t have an alternate power source, add a battery backup or upgrade to a pump with a water-powered backup.
- Clean gutters and downspouts regularly to ensure water moves through them properly and drains away from the home’s foundation.
- Inspect the water heater annually for signs of corrosion or leaks. Aging water heaters can weaken over time, increasing their likelihood of rupturing.
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