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Protecting condos from water damage

Published On: Nov 17 2011 10:45:29 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 02 2012 07:04:04 AM CDT
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(NewsUSA) - High-rise condominiums can provide urban dwellers and beach-front vacationers alike with affordable, comfortable homes. But living in close contact with neighbors can mean unexpected surprises, like floods that cover entire floors -; and often go unnoticed until it is too late.

High-rise leaks can quickly become large problems. One neighbor's child may leave a faucet on, causing water damage to the ceiling of the unit below. A pipe could unknowingly sprout a leak, causing damage to several apartments. Repairmen often must search for several hours to find the water's original source before the leak can even be stopped.

In condominiums, water damage can affect multiple families' health. Moisture can lead to mold, which is difficult to completely remove. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mold can cause everything from eye irritation to troubled breathing to, after extended exposure, chronic lung disease.

Water also ruins personal property. No resident wants to repair damage to walls or ceilings, or lose their antique carpet or wedding dress because a neighbor started a flood. However, floods are common. In 2003, California alone saw insurance companies pay 500 million dollars in water damage claims.

Condominium communities can take steps to protect entire buildings from water damage. New products can detect and stop water leaks before damages occur.

As an automatic water shut-off device, products are able to monitor a condominium's water supply from one location in the main. When the flow through the system exceeds a preset limit, the product shuts off the water and sounds an alarm at the keypad, saving not only yours, but your neighbor's property as well. The alarm can also be linked to a condominium's security system for increased awareness.

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