How do you know if you have water damage in your house?
There are tell-tale signs to look for, starting with dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling. If you have wallpaper, check to see if it is peeling. Bubbling paint can also be an indicator. Another sign of water damage is drywall that has begun to flake or crack. Wet spots where they should not be, such as around pipes, sinks and toilets is another sign. You can also use your sense of smell to detect if you have water leakage. A damp or musty smell could be the first sign of water trouble. A sewage smell might also be an indicator.
The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) estimates that 14,000 people in the USA experience a water damage emergency at home or work each and every day. The APCIA also says 98 percent of basements in the U.S. will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans. The annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold mitigation is $2.5 billion, according to research by the APCIA. And, the APCIA says, the average cost of a home water damage mitigation claim is $6,965. In the USA, water damage alone caused $9.1 billion in homeowner property losses from 2007 to 2009, according to stats compiled by the AIA. The AIA states that “water damage claims have been growing faster than other components of homeowners insurance.”