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Utilizing Technology to Prevent Water Damage

Water is invasive and there are some things even the very best insurance coverage can’t replace. When it comes to water, the best protection is risk prevention and it’s more critical than ever. 55% of property claims in the MJ Sorority program are due to water-related issues, from burst water pipes to sewer and drain backups. Given the age of many of our properties, these occurrences are not unexpected. For more information on how and why to install leak protection systems, including a 5% premium credit, please refer to our paper on leak protection.

Therefore, proactive risk prevention measures are paramount, especially in the face of these challenges. Adopting technological solutions can greatly enhance a chapter house’s water protection system. Here are four key types of technology solutions that can be employed:

  1. Smart Leak Detectors / Sensors: These devices serve as the frontline defense against water damage by detecting moisture and leaks throughout the property. Strategically placed sensors can promptly alert housing corporations and property managers via mobile notifications upon detecting any signs of leakage.
  2. Smart Water Monitors: By monitoring water flow within the chapter house, these devices can identify abnormal patterns indicative of leaks. They can be integrated with plumbing systems to provide real-time alerts in case of leaks, and some models offer insights into water usage for efficient conservation.
  3. Smart Water Shut-Off Valves: These valves provide a proactive approach to mitigating water damage by automatically shutting off the water supply in the event of a detected leak. Remote activation capabilities enable housing corporation personnel and property managers to control the valve even when away from the property.
  4. Freeze Sensors: Designed to prevent frozen pipes, these sensors detect temperature drops within the property and trigger alerts or notifications when temperatures reach critical levels, typically around 45°F (7°C).

In addition to technological solutions, implementing a comprehensive preventative maintenance program is essential. Regular inspections by professionals can identify vulnerable areas and minimize downtime, enhancing overall reliability.

Given the persistent challenges posed by water damage, the MJ Sorority Program strongly recommends the adoption of these advanced technologies. Because of the potential damage caused by water leaks in the chapter house, we have negotiated with the property insurance carrier to offer our clients who install leak detection systems with the applicable monitoring functionality a five percent credit to their property premium.

Consider using one of these best-in-class leak detection technology companies:

Other leak detection companies that we have researched include the following:

Failure to address water damage proactively may lead to increased insurance deductibles and further financial strain. As such, property managers are urged to explore and implement these solutions to safeguard their chapter houses effectively.