While water damage can occur from unpredictable causes like a natural disaster, most water damage is preventable. Without proper detection and safeguards in place, even a small water leak can turn into a flood or other major water damage in residential and commercial properties. Homeowners and businesses can implement some easy and low cost strategies that are extremely effective in averting such disasters.
In an analysis of water damage claims by insurance companies last year, 80% were preventable by simple home maintenance and leak detection and shut-off safeguards. They found that the top water damage causes included:
Plumbing leaks and broken pipes
Plumbing system problems
Accumulation of water in basements, attics and crawl spaces
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning problems
Obstructed AC filters
Rain seepage and flooding
Implementing regular home inspections and regularly maintaining household appliances is essential for preventing most water damage events. Investing a small amount in appliance repairs can go a long way toward preventing major and costly water damage. Another easy safeguard is to install a water leak detection shut-off system. This will automatically shut off your water main in the event of a hazardous leak.
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