While you may have always wanted an indoor swimming pool, a flooded home definitely isn’t the best way to go swimming indoors. Installing home flood protection is far easier than trying to use a hair dryer to dry off all the furniture that a burst pipe or water heater would damage. So, how can you protect your belongings, and what actually happens when water leaks into your home?
Burst pipes are not a new phenomenon – they can (and do) happen all the time. Depending on where the pipe is located, a burst or leak can be seriously damaging to belongings or to the property itself. Because most pipes are often hidden in flooring, roofs, or walls, water leakage can cause structural damage. Unfortunately, it can take some time before you notice a burst pipe in the roof or floor.
Burst pipes can leak up to 100 gallons of water per hour into your house. That’s about the equivalent of two full bathtubs every hour, or 48 tubs a day . If you go out for a day or go away for a weekend and a pipe bursts in your home, you could easily come home to a flooded house. Nobody wants that, which is why installing home flood protection is a good idea.
Burst water heaters, like burst pipes, can cause thousands of dollars in damage. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, burst water heaters are one of the top five causes of residential water damage. A lot of the damage caused by burst water heaters is due to the fact that the tank will constantly try to refill itself after it bursts, causing large amounts of water to flood into a home.
A great way to prevent flooding caused by burst pipes or water heaters is to install 24/7 automatic shut-off systems. WaterCop shut-off valves are installed on main water lines right near the manual shut-off valve, and will be automatically activated when wired and wireless sensors detect leaking water. Sensors are installed in rooms with running water or near appliances that use water. If the sensors are exposed to water, they immediately send a signal to the automatic shut-off valve, thus preventing flooding and costly water damage. WaterCop can also provide you with potential insurance savings from discounts or credits.
Another way to prevent burst pipes from causing water damage is to install PipeBurst Pro. Like the WaterCop, this system uses a combination of wireless and wired sensors to detect water leakage which can be customized to fit different facilities. The PipeBurst Pro can also be connected to ionleaks.com, which allows users to remotely control and monitor their water systems from anywhere. So, if you go on vacation, ionleaks.com will notify you if your pipes burst, while the PipeBurst Pro immediately prevents flooding by turning off the water supply. This system also allows users to save money and conserve water by installing a FloMeter to track water usage. So not only will you be protected against home flooding, you will also be able to adjust your water usage in response to the data the FloMeter provides.
While there are many different residential and commercial flood protection options, it is important to remember that installing a system without the help of a qualified plumber could cause more damage than good. Always call Art Plumbing, AC and Electric for information and assistance.