From burst pipes and broken plumbing lines, to leaking taps and faulty waterproofing in the roof, surplus water escape can not only cause catastrophic damage, but it can be extremely costly too.
According to CheckATrade, mains repairs come in at an average of £300 for a residential property. When you imagine the scale of this cost for a multi-storey complex, commercial office space, or even a construction site, it offers a stark reminder that prevention is always better than the cure.
And with budgets facing even greater economic pressures amid the cost of living crisis, there’s never been such a crucial time to curb unnecessary costs.
Water leak detection is certainly no silver bullet solution to tackling this global issue. However, from homeowners and landlords to facilities managers and project planners, it offers an invaluable peace of mind that resources are not being wasted, and budgets are not at as great a risk.
How, exactly? Claire Mason, general manager at Waterguard, offers some excellent insight…
1. It detects any abnormalities before it’s too late
Water leak detection systems track flow through any pipeline from the initial touchpoint – which is typically at a site’s water entry point. If the volume of liquid passing through changes, or time delays between sensors appear different from ordinary usage, automated detectors will immediately isolate supply.
By identifying any abnormal activity at the earliest possible stage, facilities and site managers, landlords, and homeowners alike can take action on minor repairs – rather than paying masses to rectify structural damage, fumigate mould and fungal growth, drain flooding, or replace piping.
2. It prevents insurance premiums from surging
As much as water leaks are commonplace in most domestic and commercial buildings, locating them is rarely a straightforward task. And, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), almost one in five claims are unsuccessful. For those that are, leaning on the support of an insurer often causes premiums to sky rocket.
Because intuitive water leak detection systems are not only highly accurate, but customisable to suit a variety of requirements too, they offer a crucial line of defence to mitigate the risk of surplus escape – and the need for financial support, as a result.
3. It minimises the risk of operational downtime
According to some of the UK’s leading Contractors All Risks (CAR) insurance underwriters, ‘water is the new fire’. Yet, despite the devastating impact of excessive leaks – particularly for SME developers – water monitoring still plays second fiddle to fire and intruder alarms.
The reality is, surplus escape doesn’t just cause immediate damage to a site or property. Often, the knock-on effect means day-to-day activity can be paused for days, if not weeks, at a time – significantly stalling projects and operations, as well as mounting costs for landlords in particular to support tenants.
That’s why prevention is always better than the cure.
4. It prevents financial implications that come with reputational damage
Regardless of the type of site or property involved in surplus eater escape, falling foul to such an event can have a detrimental impact on the homeowner or occupier. As well as downtime causing delays to responses, water leaks can also be extremely distressing – and have a significant impact on trust as a result.
Catching any abnormalities before they wreak havoc can, therefore, be key to maintaining and strengthening relationships, and protecting revenue, too. But that’s not all. The installation of a leak detection system also ticks a vital environmental ‘box’ – counting towards BREEAM sustainability points and allowing developers to market properties as green builds.
For further guidance surrounding the cost of living crisis, please visit the government website.