Winter Means Pipe-Freezing Temperatures
LeakSmart® Can Detect a Frozen Pipe, Immediately Shut off Home’s Water Supply and Alert Homeowner Via Smart Device in Less Than Five Seconds
BEDFORD HEIGHTS, OHIO (Feb. 7, 2019) — LeakSmart®, the world’s most intelligent leak and flood protection system for the home, is reminding homeowners affected by the recent plunging polar temperatures to keep an eye on plumbing pipes and to take the following measures to avoid a burst pipe.
Stress to pipes can occur when outside temperatures plunge below 20 degrees. Signs that your plumbing system may be under duress include reduced water pressure or water no longer running from a faucet, a toilet that won’t refill following a flush, and frost coating or visible bulging of a water line. While not all freezing pipes burst, water expands as it freezes, creating leaks or cracks in a weaker spot such as a joint.
And when it comes to burst pipes, size matters. A half-inch pipe found under a kitchen faucet, will release 50 gallons per minute. And the average size of a water main leading into a home is a three-quarter to one-inch pipe, which can unleash more than 200 gallons per minute.
“Burst water pipes are a common cause of home insurance claims, costing homeowners more than $8,000,” said Larry Waxman, CEO of Waxman Industries, parent company of LeakSmart. “This can lead to the destruction and heartache of not only personal property, which can be replaced, but priceless family treasures, which are often irreplaceable.”
Waxman’s company created LeakSmart, a smart leak, flood and burst pipe detection system that can detect leaks, turn off a home’s water main and alert a homeowner via text in less than five seconds. The system includes the LeakSmart Valve Controller that can be installed quickly without tools and the Hub 3.0 with battery-back up that ensures the LeakSmart system will continue to protect the home even if power or Wi-Fi is down. Reusable sensors placed throughout the home will also detect other troubles, such as a leaky toilet.
LeakSmart is compatible with most smart home systems, including Nest, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. LeakSmart has received several industry awards, including being named the Automation Device of the Year at last month’s 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest consumer technology show, by the Consumer Technology Association and CE Pro magazine.
Frozen Pipe Prevention
Homeowners can help prevent frozen pipes by keeping cabinet doors to pipes open, letting a troublesome faucet drip to retain flow, keeping the garage door shut to avoid pipe exposure and setting a home’s thermostat to at least 55 degrees. Consider installing a LeakSmart system, especially in second homes in vacation properties, that can proactively alert the homeowner and turn off the water main when a leak is detected.
If a Frozen Pipe is Detected
Once a homeowner has sensed trouble, it is important to drain the pipe before shutting off the water supply before attempting to thaw a pipe because the backup of ice may be preventing the pipe from leaking. Pipes can be thawed by using a hair dryer, space heater, heat lamp or by wrapping the pipe with heat tape. Do not use a propane torch or an open flame to warm a pipe as that can create a potential fire hazard.
If a pipe bursts, shut off the home’s main water supply and call a plumber.
To learn more about LeakSmart, visit leaksmart.com.
LeakSmart is the world’s most intelligent and reliable leak & flood protection system for your home. It detects water leaks instantly, automatically shuts off a home’s main water supply in five seconds or less to prevent any further damage and notifies homeowners immediately.
Whether on its own or integrated into an existing smart home system like Nest, LeakSmart makes it easy for homeowners to protect their entire home from water damage 24/7, even if internet and power go out.
Developed by a team with over 85 years of plumbing manufacturing experience, LeakSmart allows homeowners to relax knowing that if there’s a leak, they’ve got the best defense against potentially catastrophic water damage. To learn more, visit us at www.leaksmart.com.