19 Feb Water Damage and You
It’s an enemy buried deep, poised to wreak havoc and mass chaos. You think you’re safe but an unseen, persistent menace may be lurking in your very home. We’re not talking about a deadly biochemical agent, however – it’s water. State Farm, the largest property insurance company in the U.S., says that water damage to homes is the second largest source of home insurance claims. In fact, water damage and mold cost the insurance industry $2.5 billion dollars per year, with an average claim of $6,965. Here are some numbers to put it into perspective: a continuously running toilet can waste over 200 gallons of water per day and a 1/8 inch crack in a pipe can spill 250 gallons of water in a day. When’s the last time you looked behind the washer to be sure it was dry?
You don’t want to be vacationing with the looming threat of water damage in the back of your mind. How can you protect yourself? Let’s talk about it. Your first step should be a conversation with a local, trusted plumber. He’ll advise you to routinely inspect pipes under sinks and in crawlspaces, check water-based appliances, such as washers, dishwashers, showers and hot water heaters, and ensure that drainage around your home is adequate. ASI isn’t a plumbing company, though, so how can we help you avoid water damage?
Let’s start by discussing our leak sensor. A low profile, inconspicuous piece, it can slide under your washer, sink, hot water heater, or behind a toilet and completely disappear. Wirelessly connected to your ASI smart home, it will report leaks the moment they happen. Instead of relying on your neighbor to check every possible place a leak could be happening, we’ll monitor it all for your peace of mind. Of course, if something disastrous occurs, you can use our connected water valve controller to mitigate the damage done by a serious leak – right through your smart home app.
Leaks aside, damage can be done when your HVAC system decides to prematurely retire. Temperatures plummet and pipes freeze, leaving leaks galore when pipes thaw out. Don’t be surprised. ASI’s smart thermostat will notify you the moment something goes wrong, so you can respond to a failing HVAC system preemptively and spare damage to your pipes.
We’re not here to scare you. We want you to be prepared. Reach out and start a conversation today about your home’s water damage safeguards.
If you’d like to call on Alexa for your home security and comfort, be sure to call on your Indiana home security experts at ASI!