Every now and then an invention comes along that makes us scratch our heads and say “huh, why didn’t I think of that?” First there was sliced bread, then the paper clip, and now this. The Water Cop Automatic Shut-Off System by DynaQuip is giving all of us a head scratching moment in the best possible way.
Designed to prevent water damage from leaks, floods, and burst pipes from ruining your home and valuables, the Water Cop is smart, simple, and just a seriously good idea. The basic premise is pretty straightforward: the Water Cop is installed on your main water pipe underneath the shut-off valve. Flood sensors are then placed throughout your home near any area that might potentially flood or spring a leak (toilets, sinks, laundry rooms, etc.). In the event that a leak does occur, the water sensors detect any standing water and send a signal to the Water Cop which will then automatically shut off the main water pipe to prevent further leakage. Though the Water Cop is obviously most essential when you’re away from home and unable to detect leaks/manually shut off the main water valve yourself, the optional wall switch feature allows you to quickly and easily activate the Water Cop with the push of a button in case you discover a leak before the sensors.
Almost every homeowner knows the danger of water damage, and those of us who work in the plumbing business see it every day. While the proper insurance can help you recoup financial losses after an accident, some things can never be recovered. Photos, furniture, art, and other sentimental possessions are extremely susceptible to water damage and, unfortunately, once they’re gone, they’re gone. Installing an automatic shut-off system like the Water Cop now can save you a lot of money and anguish later.
For more information on the Water Cop, check out its official website (the Q&A section is particularly helpful). The manufacturer recommends that unless you really know what you’re doing, hire a professional plumber to install the Water Cop for you. We’ll be ready and waiting for that call!