Water Heater Leaks & How To Handle Them
When a water heater leaks, it occurs 69% of the time through a slow leakage or a sudden burst. If your water heater is nearing the 20-year-old mark, there is actually a 95% chance that it will eventually leak or burst. Studies have found that placement of the water heater in the home can have a significant increase or decrease in the risk of costly water damage repairs. If you have suffered damages due to a water heater leak and you are currently fighting with your insurance company for your settlement, then we encourage you to let our team at Global Public Adjusters Inc intervene. Our professionals can deal with the insurance companies and get you the settlement that you deserve.
What damages can be caused by water heater leaks?
Issues related to property damage of items such as baseboards, drywall, flooring, insulation, cabinets, and other interior finishes are just some of the many concerns one should have when dealing with water heater leak claims. Properly identifying and investigating other potential issues such as immediately removing the water heater, water extraction, dehumidification, structural drying, and restoration & repairs may create larger obstacles. Property owners are also faced with the delicate and emotional toll that damage to personal property such as clothes, furniture, electronics, and items of sentimental value can take on one whose house just got heavily water damaged. Displacement of one’s home in many cases is the biggest loss to someone dealing with a major water heater leak damage claim. Navigating and understanding the process of a water heater leak claim will be overwhelming, the assistance of an experienced and qualified public adjuster can prove to be essential to the policyholder. Some of the ways water heaters can leak include:
- Slow leakage: Usually undetected until water damage observed
- Immediate Burst: Results in sudden failure of unit & gallons of water to spill
- Valve Failure: Occurs where the pressurized supply line meets the valve
Do you have more water damage that can’t be seen?
The initial documentation of your water heater leak damaged property is imperative in providing the evidence needed to create an initial presentation to your insurance company. Keeping receipts and invoices for the removal and replacement of the leaking water heater. Taking photos and videos with your smartphone or any other device will help solidify your claim and show important documentation of damaged property that may not be obtainable at a later time. Contacting an insurance claim professional such as a public adjuster at GPA is beneficial in the documentation of damaged property at the early stages of an insurance claim. We find that homeowners and other policyholders at times fail to understand and identify the nature and extent of their damage. Our adjusters have the experience and trained eye that allows us to immediately understand the scope of repairs with clarity.
If your water heater is leaking and has caused damage to other areas of your home and you are battling with the insurance company for your settlement, then Global Public Adjusters Inc wants to work with you! Let us go to bat for you and take over the negotiations with your insurance provider to ensure that you get the settlement you are expecting.
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