Water and rain damage is something that every property owner dreads. From large storms to small leaks, the tiniest crack can mean up to thousands of dollars in damage. The scariest part is that it can very easily go undetected for long periods of time, turning a little bit of water into a big problem.
It is surprising how common this type of property damage actually is. Here are some statistics on water and rain damage thanks to Culture of Safety.
- Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States
- Water damage claims account for $11 billion dollars in damages annually
- The average cost of a water damage claim is $5,000
- Up to 93% of the cost of water and rain damage could have been prevented by the use of a shut-off system or water leak detection system
- 8% of all water damage to buildings is due to weather
Unwanted water can make its way into your home through faulty or clogged gutters, a leaky spout, or cracks in the foundation of your home. Often what happens in these scenarios is the accumulation of water and moisture which leads to mold. Sometimes this mold is easily visible, but it can also hide behind walls, crawl spaces, attics or basements.
Even if it doesn’t go unnoticed and it is clearly visible, many people don’t realize that this could actually be water or rain damage. It is common for people to think that a little bit of discoloration on their wall or ceiling is normal and part of regular wear and tear. In this case, people are unknowingly living in their homes exposed to mold year round. Letting this go untreated for a long time can only make the problem worse, and can have some serious health consequences. Symptoms caused by mold allergy are watery, itchy eyes, a chronic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal blockage and frequent sneezing.
If you think you might have mold in your home, it is important to test for it first, as reparations can be very costly. For as little as $34, you can have one of our easy to use test kits sent to your house today. All tests conducted use EPA-approved methods and meet all EPA, state, and certification agencies’ requirements. Simply ship your sample to the lab in the original mold testing kit package. The analysis fee is included in the kit purchase price; no hidden fees. An analytical report will be sent within the turnaround time requested upon receipt of the sample.
As far as preventing rain damage, there are many simple steps you can take. Always keep your gutters clean and make sure they are draining away from your home. Make sure to personally check or have your roof inspected regularly and after big storms. Take notice of any build ups of water around the outside of your home. And finally, if you think you smell mold, or if you see any discoloration happening on any of your walls or ceilings, test for mold as soon as you can, using our affordable kit.
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