Water Damage Isn’t Inevitable, But It’s Close | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County
Have you heard the one about the big, galactic villain with the big chin, who snapped his fingers and told everyone he was “inevitable”? He had this big plan for destruction, and it almost worked, too.
Well, we don’t really know how to break it to you, but…he’s kind of living in your house.
Yes, your pipes are holding back an enemy of almost equal power to the mad titan—an aquatic force so destructive it can cause unthinkable amounts of damage, seemingly in the time it takes to snap one’s fingers.
Water damage can certainly seem inevitable, especially once you see the numbers. But you need and use all that water, of course—that’s why keeping your plumbing and water system well-equipped and maintained is your best line of defense, holding the water at bay so it can only do what you allow it to do.
Here are the numbers to prove it:
24. That’s the percentage of all U.S. home insurance claims that are called in because of water damage.
48. When water takes over an area, you’ve got this many hours to get it under control before mold starts growing.
98. If you have a basement, this is the percent chance you’ll encounter water damage in it—the odds you’ll never experience basement water damage are 49:1.
10,234. Slap a dollar sign on this number and you get the average water damage claim amount. Water damage claims often involve repair and restoration of sub flooring, furniture and other costly items.
14,000. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, at least one more incident will have occurred—that’s because water is damaging a home in the U.S. this many times every day, an average of once every six seconds.
13,000,000,000. This is the amount, in dollars, paid out annually on insurance claims to repair water damage in U.S. homes. And we’re not even getting into business claims.
It may seem inevitable that you’ll become part of these statistics, but with some resolve and attention, you can give yourself a fighting chance. Maintain your systems and get regular repairs and upgrades, keep your roof in good shape and stop leaks right away, and you’ve got your best shot to win against water damage.
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.