If you remember our earlier post, Wally Saves the World…and Your Wallet, we talked about why you should protect your home, and, in turn, the environment, from water loss. So, let’s remember that today is Earth Day and dive into the facts about water leak detection. The average water loss claim is $7,000. That’s not a surprise considering that more than 10,000 gallons of water are lost from the average household’s leaks each year!
While retrofitting a home and using high efficiency appliances is an excellent way to prevent certain types of water leaks, most leaks are caused by lack of maintenance. For specific appliances, please check our blog for leak maintenance and solutions, so let’s look at the bigger picture here. Water damage to homes is the second highest cause of homeowner loss. These usually come from water heaters, ice makers, burst pipes and toilets. Other likely culprits are the hoses behind your washing machine, refrigerator or dishwasher. Remember, those should be checked routinely and replaced every five years. But what happens when you do have a leak? What’s the impact? 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 or more gallons per day. If you fixed easy-to-repair leaks, you can save money on your water bill by up to 10%. To keep crunching numbers, just think about the fact that about 93% of water damage costs could have been prevented had households installed a water leak detection system. Instead of adding to the statics, arm yourself with prevention. If you have a home older than 30 years, you’re three times as likely to have water damage due to plumbing supply or drain issues. With WallyHome, you can place sensors around your home to target these problem areas and be alerted the moment there’s an issue. Water is a precious resource, so help preserve it, and the health of your home, with Wally.
Happy Earth Day!