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The True Costs of Water Overflow to a Home

April 27, 2017 at 8:08 AM



Flooding in your home can cause you some serious problems. Your house, health and wallet will all take a hit when dealing with the repercussions of water damage. Flooding may be caused by a burst water pipe, a backed up sewer line, a failed sump pump, heavy rainfall, or most commonly, a broken hose on a water heater or washing machine.  

Your home may suffer from rotted sheetrock, damp insulation and weakened support beams. Even more important, your health may suffer as the wet area of your home becomes a breeding ground for mildew, bacteria and mold, which can cause breathing problems, sinus infections, nausea, diarrhea and irritation to the eyes. You’re also in for a hit financially. Per the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, “The average repair costs for the damage exceeded $5,000. These costs more than double if the residence was unoccupied at the time of the washing machine failure.” This report was completed in 2009 so the costs today are considerably greater. (

While we cannot help you with the natural disasters, the Suds Sentry line of water mitigation products, also known as a washing machine or disaster pans, will help to prevent or mitigate water damage in the event of an appliance failure. Disaster pans are made for different appliances including washing machines and water heaters. Water overflow of a washing machine or broken washing machine hoses can quickly create damage to a residence that is far reaching. 

According to Matt Buchanan from Restoration Eze: “The average cost to dry out a home is $2,700 (this doesn’t include any reconstruction efforts such as replacing floors that were torn out, drywall, etc.) Costs will vary considerably depending on whether there's an inch of clean water covering the basement floor, a foot of sewer water, or several feet of water, mud and other storm debris. Basic costs to pump out and thoroughly dry a basement lightly flooded with clean water can start around $500-$1,500 and increase to $2,000-$10,000 or more, depending on the basement size and the need to repair or replace damaged items such as flooring, walls, ceilings, support beams or furnishings” Mr. Buchanan also states that “The average water damage insurance claim is $7,500 (including drying and reconstruction).”


Be proactive and call us today! Protect yourself from what you can. Our disaster pan is more than the typical washing machine pan.  The Suds Sentry line is designed to integrate with the laundry room for clean style.  Solid, consistent quality for 30 years gives inspectors, property managers and repairmen the confidence they need to protect homes, apartments, condos and townhomes. There's no other water mitigation solution like ours! 

Tags: washing machine pan, water damage, overflow, disaster pans
Category: Water Damage

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