North Carolina: Water Damage to Homes Is 10 Times More Likely Than Fire

October 4, 2010

While fire may be a common worry among homeowners, claims data from Travelers suggests their homes could be as much as 10 times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire.

Fortunately, much of this water-related damage can be prevented, and a few simple home maintenance steps can help increase the chances of keeping a property safe.

Travelers recently analyzed its homeowners insurance claims in North Carolina, excluding claims related to catastrophes, and found that damage caused by water accounted for 28 percent of its property claims in the state, compared to three percent for fire. Furthermore, of those water damage claims, weather accounted for only five percent, meaning that proper maintenance within the home may help homeowners avoid some of these problems.

The top four common causes of non-weather related water damage are:

  • Leaks from washing machine hoses
  • Leaky plumbing around water heaters
  • Leaks from refrigerator ice machines
  • Clogged drain lines on air conditioning units

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