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A Statistical Look at the Massive Amount of Water Damage in the U.S. | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

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A Statistical Look at the Massive Amount of Water Damage in the U.S. | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Numbers have a way of putting things into perspective that might otherwise be a little hard to grasp. For instance, we could tell you that Americans really love ice cream, but it might help you more if we tell you that the average American eats almost 13 pounds of it per year, which is actually less than it used to be.

That being said, today we want to present you with some numbers to help you grasp exactly how widespread and damaging water emergencies are in U.S. homes. These numbers will hopefully help you remember the importance of keeping your roof and gutters in good shape, and your plumbing and drainage systems well-equipped and maintained.

Prepare for a shock.

24. This is the percentage of all U.S. home insurance claims that originate due to water damage each year. Yes, if a homeowner has an insurance claim to file, there’s a one in four chance it’s from water damage. It happens to one in every 50 homes across the country every single year.

48. When you have a water damage incident, this is the number of hours you have after that before mold starts growing. When water invades, it’s imperative to get help quickly and to ensure that water and remaining moisture are completely removed.

98. This is the incredible percentage of basements that will incur water damage at some point during the life of the house. There are many factors at play that make it difficult for basement owners to avoid this stat.

10,234. You might have guessed that this non-round number is the average cost of repair for a water damage claim—water can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time.

14,000. For something to happen 14,000 times a day, that means it’s happening around 10 times every minute; that’s the unfortunate frequency with which homes are being damaged by water in the U.S.

13,000,000,000. Here’s the number your insurance agent really hates the most—this is the annual total estimated cost of repairs for water damage done to homes across the United States—13 billion dollars.

Did these give you a better idea of the seriousness of water damage? A passive approach to property ownership will have you lumped in with these statistics, but if you’re attentive to maintenance and preventive measures with your plumbing and hoses, you may be able to stay ahead of the curve.

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.

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