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Flood Prevention – Plumbing Technology

Flood Prevention Technology

Flood Prevention - Plumbing Technology

Automatic Flood Prevention Shut Off Valve

Flood damage to a home or business is  very costly and disruptive.  Troublesome insurance claims, hiring a dry-out service, repairing damaged walls, preventing mold growth, and various other inconveniences. Avoiding these hassles with the flood prevention technology available on the market can help in a major way.

According to many insurance company websites the #1 insurance claim for nearly all of the zip codes in the Tampa Bay area is “sudden and accidental damage caused by a water source. This includes broken pipes or drain failures”.

Up to 250 gallons of water per day can be released from a pipe leak with only a 1/8 inch crack. That is a lot of water and a lot of damage from such a seemingly small problem. Just imagine how much water could rush into your property if one of your water heater supply lines fails, or a supply hose to your  toilet bursts.

Types of Flood Prevention Devices

Alerting a property owner to a water leak can take several forms.  Some are individual alarms and shutoff valves for each appliances or fixture.  These are effective, but can be costly to install and maintain to protect your entire home or business.  Another type are individual flood prevention sensors placed around possible leak sources that sound an alarm when excess water is detected. These are also effective but someone has to be around to hear the alarm. They also require  the knowledge to address the issue promptly and properly.

The best in flood prevention technology are leak detection sensors coupled with an automatic shutoff valve. These units are installed on the incoming water supply line adjacent to the manual shut-off valve. Place the sensors near possible leak sources such as washing machines, sinks, water heaters, toilets, dish washers, refrigerators, as well as various water supply valves. When the flood prevention sensor detects excess water it sends a wireless signal to the shut off valve which in turn shuts off the water automatically.  This can save you thousands of dollars in repairs and hassles. Two popular brands are WaterCop and FloodMaster.

In conclusion, if you have an interst in this type of system for your home or business; contact a licensed local plumber for more information. Also, check with your insurance provider as they may offer policy discounts for properties with flood prevention systems installed. These discounts can offset the cost of installation.

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High Water Bills – Why is My Water Bill so High?

High Water Bills Can be the First Sign of Plumbing Problems

High Water Bills - Water MeterHave you been getting seemingly high water bills lately? It could be a sign of an undetected pipe leak or issues with the faucets, toilets, and valves in your home. Being aware of your water usage is good way to monitor the health of your water supply pipes and fixtures. A high water bill is often the first sign that you have a plumbing problem.

Unusually high water bills are almost always an indication of  undetected leaks in your water supply pipes, dripping faucets, or toilets that are slowly but constantly running. In addition, homes with concrete slabs may have pipes leaking under the foundation. Since, this can erode away the sub structure and cause extensive damage it should be addressed immediately.

Older properties with copper or galvanized steel pipes are especially susceptible to corrosion and failure. There are many instances where property owners have had this problem. They lose hundreds of thousands of gallons of water beneath the slab and don’t know it. As a result they receive a water bill in excess of $1000. The local water departments rarely have mercy in these cases.

Plumbing Inspections & Repairs

If you suspect you may have a leak contact a licensed plumber to diagnose the issue. They can inspect your plumbing for obvious signs of failure. They can also pinpoint hidden leaks using ultra-sonic leak detection devices. After discovering the source of the leak the plumber can best advise on the method of repair. Based on the age and type of pipe,  a whole water house re-pipe may be recommended.

Furthermore, it is a good idea to have a plumber inspect your home every couple years. This will help avoid problems that may cause costly damage to your home. Upon inspection the plumber will check the condition of your water supply pipes, drains, water heater, valves, and faucets. For a complete inspection they can also check the condition of your sewer lines via video inspection. Like they say: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  Remember to always hire a licensed, insured, and bonded plumber to have the peace of mind and guarantees your local “handy man” will not be able to provide.

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