Everything you need to know about water damage [Infographic]
Water damage is a very common problem among Americans. Statistics show that around 14 000 U.S. citizens have to deal with a water damage emergency daily, which makes it about 5 million a year.
But is water damage that a big of a problem? If not dealt with right away, then yes – it can cause serious damage to your home and even your health.
We at GCD Restoration are trained professionals in the field of water damage restoration and mold restoration. Today we’ll try to introduce you more to this problem, so you can be prepared in the unpleasant event of a water damage emergency in your home.
Facts about water damage and leaks you probably didn’t knew
As we already told you, almost 14 000 Americans deal with a water damage emergency every day. If that number doesn’t impress you, then watch this.
As many as 37.2% of U.S. homeowners have said that they’ve suffered severe financial losses due to water damage.
Statistics show that the average cost of an insurance claim for a home with water damage is $6,965.
The annual lost from water leaks in the U.S. is equal to the water that megacities like Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami use in a year – 1 000 000 000 000 gallons of water.
What kind of different categories of water damage there are
Water damage is separated into three major categories:
Clean water damage;
This is the first type of water damage and the safest one. Damage of this type includes water that is uncontaminated at it’s source.
This means that while it can damage your house, it doesn’t pose a threat for your health if you get exposed to it. One common example of this type is a water leak from a sink overflowing.
Grey water damage;
The second type includes grey water. This is more dangerous than the previous as it can pose a health threat to you and your family if you get exposed to it. A good example of grey water damage is a malfunctioned dishwasher or sump pit water.
Black water damage.
Black water damage is the third type of category and the most dangerous one. The water from this type can cause, apart from damage to your home, also serious health issues to you and your family. Black water damage can occur from sewage spills, standing water or floodwater.
What to do in the case of water damage in your home
So, you find out that you have water damage at home – what should you do? The first thing is to not panic.
Here is a list of 5 crucial steps you should take right away, to ensure your safety and that of your family.
Shut off the water supply
To prevent further flooding and damage of your house, you should immediately try to stop the water flow to your home.
Turn off the electricity from the main panel
Caution! You should do this step only if it’s safe. Never risk your life if you’re not sure that you can turn off the electricity safely.
Don’t use any electric tools or appliances
In case you can’t turn off your main electrical supply, try to avoid at any cost using electrical appliances or tools, because it can risk your life.
Don’t use electrical outlets
In addition to any electrical appliances or tools, you should hold back from using electrical outlets, especially in wet or damp walls. They can be very dangerous and even life threatening.
Call your insurance company
After you’ve ensured that your water supply is stopped and your main electricity is turned off (only if it’s safe), then you can call your insurance company in order to have an adjuster come and inspect the water damage.
How to spot a potential problem and prevent water damage
You should watch out for a number of signs, that can tell you if there’s a potential water problem in your home.
Thing like water stains on the walls and ceilings, damp or must doors, peeling or bubbling paint, signs of mold or mildew growth and sudden increase in your utility bills can all be signs of an impending water problem.
So, is there anything you can do to prevent future water damage? There sure is.
One thing is to replace hoses on your home appliances, especially if they are old. You should also get your toilets regularly inspected by a plumber.
Another thing is to make sure you have a reliable and secure sump pump, because it can save you a lot of problems and money.
Using water leak alarms and automatic water shutoff systems is another great water damage prevention idea.
Also, monitor your monthly water bills closely. If you spot an unusual increase in usage of water, this can be a great signal lamp of an impending problem.
Was this article helpful? We sure do hope so. And in case of an emergency, you can always call GCD Restoration. We’ll be here for you if you need us!