The increasing incidence of water damage has several causes, experts say. Global warming is bringing colder winters in the south, where many homes don’t have sufficient insulation to prevent frozen pipes. This has led to more expensive water damage claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Economic cycles are also to blame. In the early 2000s, easy equity loans plus increasing property values led many people to renovate. Gourmet kitchens and extra bathrooms add more faucets and hoses. With all the under-cabinet ice makers, dual dishwashers, and second floor laundry rooms, there are just more risks. Now the plumbing and appliances are hitting the 15-20 year lifespan and require constant maintenance or replacement.
In condos and apartments, even the most conscientious resident is sometimes at the mercy of other property owners. Collective budgets are directed to immediate repairs instead of maintenance. Shared walls also share water damage problems; when a pipe leaks in a common wall, two households are disrupted.
Homeowners understand the dangers of fire and burglary but significantly underestimate the dangers their own plumbing systems pose. Smoke detectors in every room have been the standard for a generation. Home monitoring is available in every neighborhood. Front door cameras capture video of every visitor and delivery person (and some adorable animals.) However, less than 2% of homes have leak detection devices installed.
Leak-detection systems vary from simple sensors to entire systems that trigger the home’s main water shut-off valve, alert your phone and call a plumber when leaks are detected:
At some point, you are going to suffer a water emergency in your home. Certi-dry is a restoration company in Madison that specializes in water mitigation. Certi-dry will remove any remaining water and debris, then sterilize the area and any affected areas.