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Water gives life to every living being on the planet. It plays a vital role in how well you are feeling, in maintaining good hygiene, and feeling relaxed. Water is great, right? Well, of course it is, but when it infiltrates your home following severe rain, flooding, or snow melt, it can cause some serious and irreversible damage. While the damage to an individual home can be catastrophic, water damage also inflicts damage to the U.S. economy.

Every day, more than 14,000 people have to deal with water damage either at home or at work. Shocking as that may seem, many of the buildings we depend on were not build to effectively hold back water. In fact, an estimated 60% of all homes in the United States currently have excessive moisture issues. Despite this, an excess of water is inevitable at some point in a building’s lifespan.

Roughly 98% of homes will eventually experience water damage. Minor water damage manifests as a musty smell that pervades until a home until it is treated, small mold clusters, and a deterioration of drywall integrity. Severe water damage will look like massive mold clusters, rot in your wooden support studs, and perhaps even structural damage.

If you think you are safe from floods and their potential horrors, think again. The National Flood Insurance Program reports that over the last five years every single state has had a flood. What’s worse is that only 13% of homeowners have flood insurance. For those who do have water damage insurance, the average claim is $6,965. Imagine having to pay that out of pocket!

One way to potentially avoid catastrophe is to check your sump pump every three months. While sump pumps typically have an operational lifespan of 10 years, it only serves to benefit you by checking more frequently.

Water damage can completely ruin your sentimental possessions, cause dangerous mold to form, and even make your house collapse. It behooves you to check for warning signs of a leaky basement and to ensure all of your flood prevention tactics are functional. No one wants water damage, so don’t let it happen to you.

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