Everyday, over 14,000 American homes experience indoor related water-related damage. Did you know that water damage risks are second only to wind/storm damage? General age of the home, condition of the home and maintenance of household systems all contribute to possible water damage in your home. Unfortunately, all water damage risks are not created equally. Industry data shows that the following four water damage risks are the most common in homes:
- Ruptured pipes – A ruptured water supply line that’s connected to kitchens and bathrooms can release up to 50 gallons of water per minute. Pipe-related water damage risks may result from long-term deterioration or sudden ruptures that happen because of high water pressure or frozen pipes in some environments. Minor pinhole leaks in plumbing systems should also be taken seriously and a professional plumbing service should be contacted ASAP.
- Appliance breakage and overflows – Rubber water supply hoses connected to washing machines can rupture after a minimal amount of 5 years, potentially flooding homes at a rate of 600 gallons per hour. At 15 gallons per hour, an overflowing washing machine can damage nearby flooring and walls. Please consider that supply lines for dishwashers and refrigerators can also pose a risk for water damage.
- HVAC issues – In hot weather, a central air conditioning system may generate about 20 gallons of condensate daily. Condensation drain pans are typically installed out of sight, and can cause a lot of water damage if it is clogged and goes unnoticed. It will leak every time the air conditioner is run if you do not pay attention to it.
- Sewer backups – If you have a sewage back up, this is considered toxic black water (category 3) which must be remediated by a professional water damage company. Common events that can cause a sewage back up would be, if the sewage line is backed up, tree roots affect the flow of the pipes and/or if the sewage line is not running the flow backwards, causing this toxic water into your home.