Fix a Leak Week Brings Awareness to Plumbing Problems

FloLogic shares information you can use to educate customers about leaks.
Fix a Leak Week Brings Awareness to Plumbing Problems

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An estimated 12 percent of the water that supplies U.S. households is wasted on leaks, according to a 2016 study by the Water Research Foundation. That amounts to more than 775 billion gallons of water each year.

And for FloLogic, maker of intelligent leak detection devices, this week is a prime time to bring awareness to the waste and other problems even a small leak can create. March 20-26 is Fix a Leak Week, an annual event first launched in 2009 by WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the EPA.

“Water is a powerful force and even small drips onto home infrastructures can cause many thousands of dollars in damage within a short period of time,” says Chuck DeSmet, founder and CEO of FloLogic. “While leaks are the second leading contributor of home insurance payouts, our studies indicate more than half of damage-inducing leaks are never reported to insurance.”

Water’s relative low cost creates a common misperception that leaking fixtures are harmless. In fact, among the more than 23,000 houses that participated in the recent Water Research Foundation study, 10 percent were found to waste at least 90 gallons of water each day with leaks. In most cases, leaks either visibly or stealthily go down the drain, or are absorbed into the ground, without damage to property. These so-perceived benign leaks are most commonly found in plumbing fixtures. But even the smallest leaks add up. A slow, two-drip-per-second leak will produce 77 gallons of water in just one week. And while the total cost of home plumbing leaks is difficult to measure, DeSmet points to Insurance Information Institute data that confirms more than $10 billion in water loss claims are paid out in the U.S. each year. The real cost is much higher, without even factoring in excessive water utility bills.

“Most homeowners don’t have the awareness or mechanisms to detect leaks,” DeSmet says. “But there are common places where leaks often present themselves, where inspections will reveal opportunities to save water. And for homeowners who care to catch every leak in real time, and prevent potentially catastrophic damage, there are innovative detection devices that flag leaks to automatically stop them.”

Leaks that don’t go directly into the drain or ground are more troublesome and also common. Leaks from ruptured supply lines or damaged pipes and fittings strike up to 8 percent of homes each year, according to a U.S. housing study. While these leaks typically get fixed upon discovery to prevent costly damage, when they go undetected, due to out-of-sight location or the resident being off premises, they can immediately ruin property and create a long-term environment for mold.

DeSmet offers this advice to share with your customers if you want to help them prevent leak problems:

  • Check the water bill: A family of four will typically use 12,000 gallons (16 centum cubic feet) per month. Usage in excess of this amount indicates a likely leak.
  • Check toilets: Worn-out flappers are a primary water waster. Listen for toilets that refill between flushes. Find slow leaks by dropping food coloring in tanks; if the bowl takes color without a flush, there’s a leak.
  • Check interior faucets: Drips from sink and tub faucets and showerheads are easy to spot, but they are often ignored. Repair or replace warn parts to curb water-wasting drips.
  • Look outside: Outside hose or irrigation system leaks are often overlooked. Check for drips and moist ground during dry weather to find preventable leaks.
  • Get leak detection: A flow-based leak detection device, such as that offered by FloLogic, will detect leaks as small as a drip per second and automatically shut them off. While the primary function of FloLogic’s products is to prevent property damage, there is the added benefit of flagging hidden leaks to save natural resources and money on water bills.

About FloLogic, Inc.
FloLogic is a technology company whose patented smart water valve enables home and business owners to reduce or eliminate the economic and personal losses associated with plumbing failures and leaks. Plumbing-related property damage costs the insurance industry billions of dollars each year and is the single most preventable homeowner claim. While preventing leak damage, the company is also affecting the 12 percent of water that is wasted each year due to plumbing leaks. The FloLogic System is succinctly known as “the circuit breaker for every plumbing system.” More information can be found at www.flologic.com.

About Fix a Leak Week
Fix a Leak Week is an annual event first launched in 2009 by WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). WaterSense seeks to protect our water supply through water-saving education and products. The WaterSense label can be found on a variety of plumbing products that meet standards for reducing water waste. Find educational materials here.



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