The Shocking Numbers of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen
There’s a war going on in your home everyday—a struggle. A tussle not between good and evil, but between your pipes and the water they contain. It’s not totally unlike that superhero movie where the big, purple bad guy declares himself to be…how did he put it? Inevitable.
There are a great many ways for water to escape the hoses and systems coursing through your property, and given its way, it will find and exploit a weakness to rain down destruction upon your home. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that your plumbing be well-equipped and maintained—so that you can put up your best fight against this “inevitable” invader.
Let’s look at some numbers for context.
24. This represents the percentage of all home insurance claims centered around water damage. That’s a quarter of all claims, and it means one of every 50 homes will experience water damage every year. How do you like your chances?
48. This is the number of hours you have to quell the growth of potentially toxic mold after a water damage situation. Truth be told, it might not even be that long.
98. The unfortunate percentage of basements that will experience water damage at some point during the life of the house. If there’s one type of claim that is truly inevitable, this one comes close to being it.
10,234. This is the number of dollars spent repairing the average water claim. Considering how much water a single crack in a pipe can unleash in a day’s time, it’s no surprise that water damage can quickly take its toll.
14,000. This is the number of water events that happen across the United States each day. Read it again—that’s not a monthly stat, that’s every single day. Every six seconds someone’s pipes are bursting.
13,000,000,000. Once you’re dong counting all those zeroes, we can tell you that this is the average annual cost of water damage claims in the United States. It’s kind of a problem.
Is water damage inevitable? Not exactly, but it’s going to take some work to prevent. If you can make it a priority to keep your plumbing updated, your water appliances up to date and your hoses switched out periodically, you’ll be able to put up your best defense against the hidden danger running through your home.
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.