Floods – Water Leaks
Water leaks are still a flood.
Though March is Water Leak Awareness month we think they need remembering all year.
There are two types of floods; natural and man made floods. Natural floods come from heavy rain, flash floods and mud flow. Man made floods can occur from malfunctioning water heaters, bursting pipes and plumbing problems.
The Facts on Water Leaks:
The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves.
All are easily correctable.Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don’t require a major investment.Most common leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new Water Sense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.
A good way to check for leaks is to look at your water usage. During winter months a family of 4 should not have usage exceeding 12, 000 gallons per month. If they do there most-likely is a water leak. You should also check your water meter. Check the meter before and after a 2 hour period of no water use. If the meter doesn’t read exactly the same at both times you probably have a leak. An interesting way to check and see if your toilet has a leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the tank. Let say you place a drop of blue food coloring in the tank and if the blue shows up in your toilet within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak.
Faucets & Showerheads:
We all know that a leaky faucet can cause a lot of waste. Did you know that if it drips at the rate of 1 drip per second it can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year! A dripping shower head can water more than 500 gallons per year. That is equal to the amount of 60 loads of dishes in a dishwasher. Fix your leaky faucets and toilets, look for the WaterSense label when replacing faucets and toilets. Purchasing new WaterSense labeled models can save you nearly $2400 in water bills over the lifetime of the new toilets.
Outdoors, check for water leaks in your hose and and the connection to the spigot. If you have an underground irrigation system consult with an irrigation specialist to check for leaks. Check the irrigation system each spring before use to ensure it wasn’t damaged by winter frost or freeze.
Water Leak Alarms- water leak detector is a must have business and homes in flood zone areas. When I lived in Illinois I would have loved to have these in my basement. We rarely went into our basement except for the times we had tornadoes and periodically to check when we had severe rain and storms to check if our basement had flooded. Recently our water heater burst in our garage. It was hours before we found the flood. Though we were lucky we still could have saved time, money and effort had we spent the few dollars to have these in our garage.
At Crisis Prevention and Restoration we feel that being prepared for all emergencies is a step in the right direction for restoration and getting back to your normal lives as soon as possible. Water damage to your property can be costly. Water damage to your belongings and equipment are not only costly but there are things that you can never replace.
The average cost or repair after flood water damage is estimated at $15K with a potential of being as costly as $26,800 or more. $15k can be equal to a years worth of groceries for a family of four. Flooding doesn’t only occur at low levels or along the coast. The fact is that flooding can occur anywhere, it can occur inland and along waterfront. Flooding is caused by drainage soil and surrounding areas.
Know your insurance policies and what is covered. Flood is not covered by your basic policy and must be purchased separately. Make sure you have the amount of coverage needed to protect your property, valuables and any business equipment In the past 50 years, there have been 85% of U.S. counties declared federal disaster areas due to floods.