- August 21, 2017
- Posted by: Todd Avenarius
- Category: Blog
Many property owners have a pretty good idea of what their monthly water bill should be each and every month. They will also have an understanding of seasonal and occasional increased usage of water – summer months, pool needs, etc – that will bring a slightly higher than normal water bill. However, more often than imagined, a property owner is taken by surprise by an unbelievably high water bill… and they want to know how to avoid it happening again!
It’s literally ‘ money down the drain!’
A faucet with a slow drip, or a running toilet is clearly annoying, however most property owners don’t have a sense of urgency when it comes to fixing the leak. The misconception is that the amount of water being lost by the leak pales in comparison to the other daily usage of water from showers, wash machines, dishwashers, or lawn irrigation. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Water isn’t free. And considering about 40% of indoor water use is due to flushing, a leaking toilet has a much larger impact. All the while that toilet is running, your utility water meter is registering usage, incrementally adding to your water bill. Leaking plumbing is a 24/7 problem, even when the building is unoccupied. This loss not only poses the obvious conservation concerns, it becomes a financial burden as well. Typically, a running toilet will waste thousands of gallons of water per month which translates to approximately $200 unnecessarily tacked onto your monthly water bill– that’s about $2,000 dollars a year ‘down the drain’. Municipal rates vary across the country, but even at less than a penny per gallon, a simple leak can cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year.
Unseen and unknown pinhole leaks can also bring big surprises to the property owner. Forget the inevitable higher water bill, but in the potential catastrophic water damage as a result of a leak nobody knows exists. Pinhole leaks in the plumbing can equate to 1000’s of gallons of water lost, and 100s of dollars on your bill. And should it be in the walls, or ceilings – the damage can run into the 10s of thousands of dollars.
AquaTrip® serves as a ‘trip switch’, or ‘breaker switch’ for the homes entire plumbing system. Not only does it detect abnormal water flow, it actually STOPS the water from continuing to flow until the leak is addressed. Just knowing, or ‘detecting’ a leak or moisture isn’t enough if you’re unable to physically turn the water off to mitigate further damage. AquaTrip® gives you that peace of mind, and provides the homeowner, or property owner, the control to regain water usage.