Product Spotlight - January 2022

Product Spotlight - January 2022

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A leaking water heater has the potential to cause a lot of water damage to a client’s home. Even a small, slow leak can soak into the subfloor and cause it to decay. And because water heaters are designed to automatically refill as they empty, a leaky water heater can cause untold damage if not caught quickly.

To combat the issue, WAGS Valves from Aquaguard can stop a leaking water heater tank from continuously refilling and dripping, or until tank fails catastrophically. The shut-off valve halts the incoming water supply, and on gas-fired units, shuts off the gas supply to ensure the home’s safety from water heater failure.

“What sets the WAGS Valve apart is it is the only fully mechanical tank water heater safety shutoff valve on the market,” says Aquaguard President Steven Fielding. “It uses no electricity, no batteries, need no wireless signal, and requires no maintenance, which results in no worries for the property owner.”

WAGS Valves are mechanically operated. They sit in a drip pan under the water heater and are activated when leaking water accumulates to a predetermined level in the pan. Once activated the industrial-duty, one-shot safety valve shuts off the water and gas supply if so equipped. A red tab pops out to indicate valve activation. Professional installation normally adds between 15 to 20 minutes to a new tank installation. According to Fielding, the valve serves as a way for homeowners to continue using traditional tank hot water heaters in new construction.

“Tank Water Heaters are the ‘tried and true’ versus new tankless water heaters, which are typically more expensive to install and maintain due to their complexity and scale buildup in the heating tube,” he says. “Most homeowners want a low cost and a safe water heating solution, and want to get the maximum bang for their buck. The WAGS Valve allows property owners to get the maximum useful life out of their investment since they can allow their tank to run to failure safely, and don’t have to replace it prematurely.”

Fielding speaks from experience, as he’s also a customer. “I have a finished basement for my kids, and I’m on my third water heater with a WAGS Valve,” he says. “The prior two were run to maximum life of 14 years and 11 1/2 years, and the WAGS Valve worked flawlessly. It may sound corny, but I love the product so much, I bought the company!” 844-438-9247;


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