Water, The Good, Bad & Ugly
February 05, 2015 at 3:09 PM
Water is a necessity
Water composes 60% of our body weight, 70% of our brain and 90% of our lungs. To say that water is important to each of us is an understatement. We need to drink at least two and a half quarts of water a day. We depend on water for our crops to grow for the food we need in our daily lives. Water is used to extinguish fires, power generators, take showers, is used in many manufacturing processes and to keep our gardens, planters and houseplants healthy. We enjoy water related activities such as swimming, boating and fishing.
Too much water causes damage
When we get too much water from nature in the form of thunderstorms, heavy downpours and melting snow it can result in streams and rivers overflowing its banks causing localized and massive flooding. Dollar losses from flooding can run into the millions. It seems that each spring brings graphic images of flooding from melting snow and rain. Communities work together in teams frantically filling sandbags and placing them next to their businesses and homes, hoping to protect them from the damaging effects of water. Unfortunately, flood water (surface water) is excluded under homeowner policies: flood insurance policies are available from the federal government in flood plain regions at substantial cost. Therefore, water damage from surface water is on the homeowner.
Water damage in our home can travel through floors
Likewise, when water escapes the containment of our man-made boundaries within our homes due to sump pump failure, frozen pipes, overflowing of a backed up toilet or an overflowing washing machine can cause large dollar damages to a homeowner. Water always runs downhill and seeks the lowest level. As such, multiple levels in a home, apartment, or condominium are at risk for water damage to more than one level. This is especially true in laundry rooms where the washer has overflowed causing damage to the surrounding areas and the floors below. The resulting dollar damages can be enormous. Damages from these losses are covered or be added by endorsement by most homeowner insurance policies. The sooner water of this nature is tended to and or contained, the damage is proportionately minimized. Water is very destructive and as result water damaged items generally cannot be salvaged.
Mitigate water damage with a washing machine pan
One way to mitigate water damage in from a washer overflow is to install a washing machine pan with a drain placed under the washer and diverts the water down the drain. The pan needs to be appropriately sized for the washer and offer a drain source for true water mitigation.
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Now, excuse me while to get a glass of water!