Water-damage events can destroy equipment, computer/phone systems, records and supplies as well as cause significant structural damage to the ceilings, walls and floors. (Photo: webeno/Adobe Stock) Water-damage events can destroy equipment, computer/phone systems, records and supplies as well as cause significant structural damage to the ceilings, walls and floors. (Photo: webeno/Adobe Stock)

Water damage is one of the most common and costly insurance claims in the United States. Typically, about 30% of insurance claims are water-damage related claim losses. Of those claims, plumbing or appliance issues are the most common source of the damage , followed by storm and weather-related events.

Insureds must take important steps to develop a plan to minimize the risk of water-damage events and control their severity. An effective plan for water-damage mitigation and emergency response should have three primary focal points: assessment, preparation and isolation.

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