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GUIDE TO AUTOMATIC WATER SHUT OFF VALVES AND LEAK DETECTION SYSTEMS
You can save yourself a flood of troubles by installing an automatic water shut off valve and leak detection system. First, it’s important to understand the basics of how they work, why you need them and a little bit about the amazing new features that modern / internet based technology has made possible.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is a water leak and what happens when I have one?
What is an automatic water shut off valve and leak detection system?
Types of Traditional Automatic Water Shut Off Valves
Classic Moisture Sensor Systems
Legacy Whole Home Water Shutoff and Leak Detection Systems
Next Generation Leak Detection and Shut Off With Water Hero
Emerging, Non-Invasive Leak Detection Systems
Installing your Water Hero P-100
WHAT IS A WATER LEAK AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I HAVE ONE?
Massive water leaks happen in homes – more regularly than you’d expect actually. One in fifty-five homes experience a catastrophic water leak each year. Toilet lines burst, pipes freeze, refrigerator tubing cracks – the possibilities are endless. These leaks, on average, cause $8,000 worth of damage to the average home. Regularly, though, they can cause $100,000 of damage or more in an average home.
Imagine if a water leak occurs when you’re away for the weekend – it could easily flood your home, essentially “totaling” it. It doesn’t just mean tens of thousands in damage – it also means that you have to vacate your home for water remediation contractors. Mold removal, sheetrock replacement and more need to take place for you to get back in your home.
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WHAT IS AN AUTOMATIC WATER SHUT OFF VALVE AND LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM?
Automatic Water Shutoff Valves and/or Leak Detection Systems safeguard your home and prevent damage from water leaks. An automatic water shut-off valve detects water either by monitoring flows in the pipe or by detecting water on the floor. When flow is irregular or moisture is detected, the valve will shut off the water supply to your home. These can prevent a significant amount of the damage that water leaks cause.
TYPES OF TRADITIONAL AUTOMATIC WATER SHUT OFF VALVES
In general, you can subdivide automatic water shutoff valves into two different types (1) Moisture Sensor Systems and (2) Whole House, Flow Based Leak Detection Systems.
Moisture Sensor Automatic Water Shutoff Systems rely on moisture pucks that you scatter around your home. If water or moisture comes in contact with these pucks, the system may alert you and/or shut-off your water. For substantial protection, you’ll need 10+ moisture pucks scattered around your home (bathrooms, water heater, dishwasher, etc.). Some examples of these systems are Flood Stop and Water Cop
Whole House Flow Based Leak Detection Systems with Automatic Water Shutoffs shut-off your water based on continuous flow. For example, if water is running for 20 minutes continuously, it will shut off the water. That means these systems can help you catch non-damaging leaks that drive up your water bill (leaky toilet) AND catastrophic leaks that can destroy your home (burst pipe). Some examples of flow based systems are Leak Defense and FloLogic