According to the American Insurance Association, water damage claims are increasing in the United States and has become the second most commonly filed insurance claim. Property damage due to water caused $11 billion in annual homeowner policy property losses from 2010 to 2013. These figures do not include homeowner deductibles or unreported losses so the actual dollar amount of damage is most likely far greater. Most water damage losses are caused by plumbing or appliance failures. Any appliance in your home that uses water is susceptible to leakage. It is not a matter of “if”, but “when.” The Risk Factors 1. Water heaters. The average water heater will last for 9-14 years. That is the average. Some will fail at 4-5 years. If your water heater is located inside your home, here are some tips to help protect you from water damage: Drain and flush...

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