Water Damage Numbers That Can’t Be Ignored | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties
Numbers and statistics have a way of really driving home an argument, by putting a fine point on it. We could tell you, for example, that Americans love to go to the movies, and that would give you some basic information.
But if we really wanted you to know how much Americans love the cinema, we’d tell you that the MPAA reported a 2018 movie attendance total of 1.3 billion Americans—more than twice the combined total of both theme parks and professional sporting events.
See how much more effective that is?
The point we’re driving home today is the importance of keeping your plumbing and drainage systems well-equipped and maintained, and of keeping your roof and gutters in good shape, and we plan to do it with some pretty staggering numbers as teaching aides.
24. This is the percentage of all U.S. home insurance claimsmade because of water damage in the home. Burst pipes, roof leaks and the like add up to one claim per year for every 50 homes in the country.
48. When a water heater explodes or a flood invades, you’ve got this many hours to get it taken care of before you also have a mold problem. Mold starts setting up shop right away when moisture becomes present.
98. Here’s one you won’t forget: Around 98% of all basements will flood or have a moisture issue during the life of the home. There’s almost no getting around it.
10,234. When you do have a water incident, this is the standard claim amount, on average. Water has a way of damaging quickly and thoroughly, and it seeps through every available crevice to really stick it to you.
14,000. Water events happen an average of 14,000 times per day in the U.S. That means that before you finish this paragraph, another one has occurred since you started it.
13,000,000,000. Whew, that’s a lot of zeroes. If you lost count, there are nine, which means this is 13 billion, and that’s the number of dollars spent on repairs and restoration after water damage events each year in the United States.
Do you feel more aware of the massive reality of water damage now? Hopefully you do, and hopefully you feel more driven to pay attention to the state of your pipes, your roof and your water-using appliances. You can’t stop everything, but if you fix leaks right away and keep your plumbing updated, you stand your best chance of keeping these numbers far, far away.
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.