Growing up, how many times were you told to make sure the lights were off and items such as the iron, curling/flat irons and stove were turned off before leaving the house or going to bed? It is pretty easy to understand why you would be reminded–to save electricity and to keep things from getting too hot and causing a fire.

As you grew up and started living on your own, if you were like me, you were told by your parents not to leave the house with the washing machine or dishwasher running as well. As a busy college student and young adult, I didn’t understand why it was a bad idea to put in a load of laundry to wash as I headed out of the house. Wasn’t I multi-tasking by doing laundry while on the way to class or work?

I didn’t fully understand the importance of being home while running the dishwasher or washing machine, until I started working as an insurance adjuster and saw first hand how much damage water can do in a home.

Water damage accounts for approximately 25% of insurance claims filed each year and a majority of these claims are a result of toilets or appliances. So why should I be home when the washer is running? While you might know that your newer “Energy Star” washing machine uses between 18-25 gallons of water per load. You might be shocked to know that an 1/8″ crack in the water supply line can release up to 250 gallons of water per day. Just imagine how soaked your carpet or your hardwood floors will look after coming in contact with that much water.

If you come home to find water damage, give PHC Restoration a call at 919-818-2582.  We have staff on call 24 hours a day to respond to any water damage emergency.