According to the EPA, the average household wastes almost 38,000 of water every year due to easy to fix leaks. This is $150 or more worth of water that is literally sent right down the drain. In ten per cent of those households, the cost of wasted water is $500 or more per year.
We have heard from many people that tell us their water bill that skyrocketed unexpectedly. Often it's a toilet left running or someone forget to completely turn off the hose after watering their garden. We also have heard stories about basements that flooded during a vacation or a dishwasher that destroyed a kitchen floor. In those cases, they say they wish they had been proactive and had installed a Flowie water sensor kit.
Alert Labs customers have saved water and money by installing a Flowie and Floodie. They received alerts, found the leaks and subsequently fixed them:
Faucet dripping slowly: $30 per year
Pinhole leak in indoor pipe: $70 per month
Toilet leak: $80 per month
Garden hose stuck open: $300 per month
Toilet running with Flapper stuck: $600 per month
At a family restaurant, a Flowie water sensor was installed on the municipal water meter after the owners received a very high water bill. It quickly identified a major undetected water leak, which was caused by a malfunctioning ice machine. By installing a Flowie and then addressing the leak, the owners saved $630 per month. If left undetected, the leak would have cost them $7500 a year.
The other problem with undetected leaks is they can become much bigger issues if not found and then fixed. A leaky toilet can easily become a flooded basement and an undetected dripping water line in a fridge can become a flooded hardwood floor. The average insurance deductible for water damage is $1,000 and the average claim is over $25,000.
The Flowie water sensor installs like a watch on a municipal water meter and reports water use down to minute. It sends alerts by text, email or an app for abnormal water use. The kit comes with a Floodie companion sensor that sends alerts when it comes in contact with water. Flowie runs on a cellular network with a battery backup, so it will continue to send alerts during a power outage.