Water leaks are one of the leading causes of property damage in the United States. Leaks can not only result in costly and time-consuming repairs, but they can be dangerous. Preventing, finding, and fixing leaks is vital to ongoing home maintenance. Owning a leak detection system can help prevent leaks, reduce potential water damage and protect your home.
Water leaks are much more common than you may think. While some leaks are apparent, such as a burst pipe or a dripping tap, others, such as underground leaks and leaks behind walls, are insidious and can remain undetected for a long time.
A 2016 study from The Water Research Foundation found that the average U.S. home loses approximately 17 gallons of water each day because of water leaks. Furthermore, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 10% of all homes lose a minimum of 90 gallons of water per day through leaks. Annually, leaks in an average home can waste almost 10,000 gallons of water.
When it comes to water damage-related home emergencies, some 14,000 people are affected every day.
The longer a leak remains undetected, the more damage it can cause and the more it will cost to repair.
Depending on the cause and type, leak repairs can cost around $100 for a simple fix, such as repairing a leaky tap or unclogging a drain. For burst pipes, you can expect a plumbing bill of between $1,000 and $4,000-plus. Sewer repairs typically cost even more.
Essentially, leak repairs can cost anywhere between a couple of hundred dollars up to thousands of dollars, with overall costs increasing the longer a leak is left.
On top of the cost of repair works, homeowners often have the added costs of repairing damage caused by the leak. This can involve building work, redecorating the interior of a home, ceiling repairs, replacing damaged household furnishings and appliances, and electrical maintenance… the list is long. Leaks cause billions of dollars of property damage nationwide every year.
One of the most common insurance claims is for leak and flood damage, with almost 30% of all home insurance claims related to water damage. The average claim cost is $9,600. Additionally, making an insurance claim can lead to an increase in your premiums.
Furthermore, while homes lose water through leaks, water bills are costlier. The EPA estimates that the average home can save around 10% on their water bill simply by fixing basic leaks.
As well as causing damage, water leaks can be dangerous in many ways. For example, puddles of water can be a slip hazard, stagnant pooled water can attract disease-carrying mosquitoes, and moisture can contribute to the growth of harmful mold. Even small leaks can wreak havoc with your home’s electrical supply, potentially causing outages and, in worst-case scenarios, electrical shocks and fires, which could result in fatalities.
There are several ways to check for leaks in your home, including visual and camera inspections, monitoring your water bill, taking meter readings, and using dye tests. However, finding hidden leaks yourself can be challenging.
A leak detection system makes finding leaks effortless, alerting you as soon as they occur. The system detects leaks by constantly monitoring your home’s network of plumbing, fixtures, taps, and water-consuming appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers, and boilers.
Easy to install and use, Aqualite US’s PhynPlus leak detection system uses one monitor to provide around-the-clock protection for your home, even when you're not there. Durable, reliable, and accurate, PhynPlus uses an ultrasonic flow sensor to monitor your home’s water consumption.
Using smart home connectivity, it sends notifications to your device in real-time, immediately alerting you to any problems. Moreover, when the system detects a leak, it automatically shuts off the water supply to reduce potential damage. It also provides valuable insights into your water consumption patterns. And, unlike other leak detection systems, PhynPlus doesn’t require additional monitors throughout your home.
Protect your most valuable investment, your home, reduce water damage, save money, get peace of mind, and quickly detect leaks with PhynPlus. Contact Aqualite US to install our premier water detection system in your home today.
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