20 MARCH 15, 2018 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Are hidden leaks damaging your home?
Home water leaks waste 1 trillion
gallons of water per year, and 10 percent
of American homes have leaks
that waste 90 gallons of water a day,
according to the EPA.
Fixing easily detectable leaks like
dripping faucets and malfunctioning
toilets can reduce water bills and water
waste. But what do you do about the
leaks you can't see?
Hidden leaks can be dangerous.
Leaking pipes within walls can cause
mold. Dripping faucets behind appliances
can be a fi re hazard. Leaking
irrigation can cause signifi cant lawn
damage. And that's just the tip of the
In a national study of more than 300
homes, intelligent-water industry leader
Phyn found that 17 percent of homes
have some type of leak. Of those leaks,
half were from a broken toilet fl apper.
This type of common leak wastes 800
to 1,100 gallons of water each day!
Uncovering hidden links is important
for your budget, your safety and
to protect your property investment.
Here are some ways to easily detect
hidden leaks so you don't have to
Proactive inspections: Look where
hidden leaks commonly occur before
you see signs of a problem. Early detection
could prevent costly damage.
Even new homes need this approach,
since human error during construction
could lead to hidden leaks later.
Inspect systems: First check your
irrigation system by walking around
the yard, looking for signs of leaks, like
puddles of water or depressions in the
ground near sprinkler heads or lines.
Also, inspect around your water heater
for moisture. Remember to watch the
water meter, too. An unexpected spike
in a water bill could indicate a problem.
Technology: New advancements help
detect leaks using intelligent-water
technology, such as the Phyn Plus smart
water assistant + shutoff . Installed right
aft er the meter on the main water line,
this device analyzes your home's water
use by measuring tiny changes in pressure
at 240 times per second. This allows
the device to shut off the water automatically,
so the owners can rest assured that
they won't come home to surprise water
damage from a burst pipe.
Keep age in mind: Older homes have
older pipes and systems that may be more
prone to leaks, so it's important to keep
close attention on your home as it ages.
That being said, new homes aren't immune
to water leaks. You may have heard stories
of new homeowners hanging a picture
on their wall, only to find a puddle on
the floor the next day right below where
the nail had punctured a pipe. Pipes and
soldering can fail at any time, whether
your home is brand new or 100 years old.
Use the pros: When in doubt, hire a
professional to get expert insight and
workmanship. For example, the Uponor
Pro Squad is a group of authorized, intelligent
water specialists, dedicated to
installing and servicing the Phyn Plus.
Pro Squad members have been trained
and certifi ed to provide an expert installation
experience, ensuring the quality
and workability of the Phyn Plus device.
It's important to detect hidden water
leaks in your home. Learn more about
water leaks and smart home technology
Installed right after the water meter, the Phyn Plus smart water assistant
+ shutoff automatically measures tiny changes in water pressure
in the home’s water supply lines, 240 times per second, to identify and
alert homeowners the moment a leak is detected.
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