When you look at the statistics, it becomes painful how common and devastating flood damage can be for Americans. 98% of basements in the U.S. will experience water damage at some point in their lifespan. From 2006 to 2015, total flood insurance claims averaged $1.9 billion per year. These numbers are staggering, especially considering that flood insurance is not mandated and not everyone who experiences a flood is eligible for assistance in fixing the damage.
We all like to think that it could never happen to us, but unfortunately, you are statistically more likely to experience a flood than a fire in your home if you live in a high-risk area. It is important to know what options you have to protect your home from flood damage before it is too late. Here are a few suggestions for what you can do to protect your home investment and avoid flood damage:
- Inspect your water heater regularly to look for leaks. 75% of water heaters fail before they are 12 years old. Having a regular inspection by a trusted plumbing contractor can mitigate the risk of a costly leak.
- Replace hoses on appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators when you notice wear and tear to avoid any potential leaking.
- Install the Beacon ProAct® 200, the ONLY sump pump test and monitoring system that proactively tests every aspect of a sump pump installation every 7 days under actual use conditions by admitting measured amounts of fresh water into the sump pit. Get a notification via text, email, or app alert of successful and unsuccessful tests allowing precious time to fix any potential issues before a flood.
With springtime upon us, flooding is already happening around the USA. Higher temperatures and snow melt has lead to flash floods on both the west and east coasts. Protect your home today and always know your investment is safe. The proactive measures above cost little in comparison to the devastation of fixing damage after a flood. For more information on the Beacon ProAct® 200 call 800-968-6760.
*All statistics come from FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program.