Statistics prove that having a certified Water Damage and Restoration company at the ready, will save you time and protect your health
No one ever thinks that it could happen to them—most people just assume that their house is sealed and protected against any sort of damage or catastrophe.
Just last week, however, I was reading an article out of the Cleveland area that explained how a waterline broke on the border between Cleveland and Shaker Heights. The resulting rush of water clogged a nearby sewer area and ultimately led to a massive sinkhole. This clogging also caused many nearby homes’ basements to flood with water, causing serious damage. After the fact, the owners of these homes who were interviewed said that they had no idea the flooding had even happened. There was no forewarning or any type of advanced notice that would have allowed the owners to prevent such a catastrophe.
The water line break may seem like an uncommon event, but the flooding damage itself is actually relatively common. According to the American Insurance Association, “water damage claims have been growing faster than other components of homeowners insurance.”
- Nearly 40 percent of all homeowners say they have experienced water damage
- About 93 percent of all water damage can be prevented
- Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the US
- 250 gallons of water is released a day due to a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe
- About 20 percent of all insurance claims relate to water damage of some kind
- Billions in property-loss costs are spent each year as a result of water damage
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), water damages accounts for nearly 14.3% of property losses, only ranking behind fire and wind damage.
Top five causes of water damage according to IBHS:
1) General plumbing problems
2) Toilet clogging or overflowing
3) Water heater failure
4) Plumbing drain system failure
5) Washing machine failures
The average cost to repair these problems is roughly $5,000. Even worse, a recent study, conducted by Dr. Kagmo Ahn and his team at the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, Korea, found that water damage in living rooms or children’s bedrooms could be associated with worse eczema in children. It went further to say that “kids living in homes with infrared-detected water damage were 15 times more likely to have moderate to severe eczema, rather then mild eczema.”
Fortunately, Steam Action is a certified Water Damage and Restoration and Mold Specialist company, with a team of qualified technicians trained to handle whatever situation arises. We will ensure that your home or business is completely restored by:
1) Identifying the nature of the source, and determining the class and grade of the damage.
2) Extracting excess water with a high-powered, truck-mounted vacuum system.
3) Applying an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial treatment to affected areas, to deter and inhibit bacteria growth.
4) Removing and disposing of wet or contaminated pads, and replacing with a new pad.
5) Using high-powered fans and dehumidifiers to properly dry affected areas.
6) Cleaning and deodorizing affected areas after the drying process is complete.
7) Retacking or restretching any loose carpet.
From years of experience in the field, we are trained to take care of your water damage from A-Z, including complete dry cleaning and even the rebuilding process. We also work directly with insurance companies and homeowners to ensure that your home or office is back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Water damage can seem like an overwhelming situation, but if you put your trust in Steam Action and our certified services, you can breathe easy knowing that in the event of catastrophe, we’ll be here to help.