Top-Ten Most Common Household Water Damage Causing Leaks?
On average, water damage insurance claims can cost you $4,000 to $5,500 dollars after you pay your insurance deductible. Most of these water damage causing leaks can be caught ahead of time – before a catastrophic “sudden leak” takes place. Here are your top-ten most common sources of leaks in your home according to home insurance provider USAA.
Top-Ten Common Household Leaks
- Washing Machine
- Plumbing Systems
- Water Heaters
- Drains and Sump Pumps
- Dishwashers and Refrigerators
- Sinks, Showers and Bathtubs
- Air-Conditioning Systems
- Roof, Siding and Windows
- Downspouts, Spigots and the Foundation
Best General Advice for Stopping Leaks
What’s the best way to stop a leak? In a word – Maintenance. Inspect, clean and maintain your water supplied lines and devices regularly. Visually inspect lines, hoses, pipes and fittings for water, moisture or mold – especially those cheap plastic fittings and hoses.
Make sure you have qualified and licensed professionals checking and maintaining your big ticket appliance regularly. You can greatly extend the life expectancy of your appliances.
Main Supply Line
Water failures in unoccupied homes, on average, result in 49-percent higher insurance claims. If you are going to leave your home for a trip, a weekend or even a night, we would recommend turning off the main water supply line into your home. Whether you are on municipal water or a well (like many of us throughout rural Central Oregon), find out where your main water line is into your house and shut it off when you leave – It only takes a second
Find out more about water and gas emergency shut offs at Ready.Gov or learn how to leach your pipes and prevent water damage. Find out more about water-damage mitigation in Central Oregon or learn more about our damage restoration and clean-up services.
And, as always – Don’t Wait To Mitigate!