Water damage every 3 minutes in France

According to the Home Safety Observatory, out of an average of 10,820 claims filed every day, 4,160 claims are related to water damage.

This is the most common disaster that happens in our homes and at least we can say that a lot of people suffer due to it. The Home Safety Observatory has decided to pay close attention to this in its third edition because in most cases a few simple steps can prevent it. This is water damage.

French insurers recorded an average of 10,820 claims every day in 2022, of which 4,160 were related to water damage. This is the major cause of disaster in our homes.

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“Water damage is damage caused incidentally by the action of water on real estate and furniture,” the Observatory recalls. And its origin can be many. Water leaks, burst pipes, overflowing bathtubs, infiltration through roofs, clogged drains and overflows or even poorly closed taps.

Some areas are more affected, “simply because they regularly experience typhoons and storms. Over time, these bad weather conditions, which occur more frequently than elsewhere, necessarily cause damage to buildings. and weakens the constructs”, the study’s authors specified. These are Hauts-de-France (18% of water damage), Corsica (18%), Aquitaine (11%) and Occitanie (6%).

Pay attention to roofs and gutters

4 out of 10 water damages occur outside the home compared to a single-family home 2 out of 10 buildings suffer water damage. If the disaster does occur outside, it is mainly caused by collapsed roofs, overflowing drains and drains, and protruding balconies (32% for houses and 19% for buildings). This is followed by infiltration through facades and buried walls (6% in houses and 2% in buildings). Then a sewer backup (1% in homes and buildings).

4 out of 10 water damages in a single-family home occur indoors, while 8 out of 10 water damages in buildings occur. When the disaster comes from within, it is first caused by non-accessible private pipes (29% in homes and 17% in buildings), then by private accessible supply pipes (15% in homes and buildings) as well as washing It is caused by machines. Dishwashers and water heaters (15% in homes and 14% in buildings) and shower and bathtub seals (15% in homes and 10% in buildings).

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