The most significant risk, from your insurer’s point of view, is escape of water. This is because these claims are more frequent, and more costly, than anything else.
Most insurers operating in the retail and hospitality sectors, especially in the restaurant and cafe markets, will give you a discount (typically 5-10%) or a significant reduction in your excess if you install an effective leak-detection and shut-off solution. In some cases insurers won’t cover you at all unless you have one in place.
Sonic is just that – an affordable, WRAS approved, easy to install shut-off device.
There are other operational savings too, because you can direct your maintenance team (automatically if you integrate with our platform) where attention is needed most – and not where it isn’t.
Most property directors and estate managers say that our solution should pay for itself completely (even without considering the other benefits) in around five years.
Did you know that over 30% of drinking water is lost to leaks worldwide?
In fact London, and many other UK cities have been in ‘water deficit’ (where the requirement for clean water exceeds the available supply) for the last couple of years.
This, along with the climate impact of producing more clean water, has led the government to guide water utility companies and others to significantly reduce leakage from their systems, and to ensure their users’ consumption reduces by around 25% over the coming years.
Sonic, in conjunction with our AI-driven Hydros platform, can show you and your team how much water individual appliances in their premises are using – is it the sinks, the loo, the dishwashers that are using the most? You can, of course, easily see comparative consumption for each location.
Saving water – as well as helping us all – helps the bottom line too. Leaky loos in a few buildings will cost you or your operators hundreds of pounds each year. Let’s work together to make a difference.
And there is a simple ESG story to tell here about how your business is making a difference.
Avoid business interruption
When we think of leaks, we typically imagine a burst pipe or some other ‘catastrophically’ huge escape of water. And obviously you don’t want one of those in a busy location because it’ll immediately stop you trading.
However, it is often the ‘drip-drip-drip’ small leaks that can be the most devastating. You might not notice the small leak under a sink or a dishwasher – but over a few months the floor could swell up, your units might be damaged and you may have to shut down for a number of weeks whilst your insurer argues with you about who is going to spend that £20k fixing it.
Sonic detects both these sorts of leaks and is able to shut off the supply immediately so that damage can be avoided and any disruption minimised.
Because it works for just your property you won’t need to contact the building owner to discover where the stopcock is located, and get them to turn it off, which might impact other businesses too.
Sonic even protects your site during construction – it can work all by itself – on battery power without any connectivity, so if there is a leak or a tap left on at the start of a bank holiday weekend your team won’t come in on Tuesday to discover thousands of pounds worth of damage and delays.
Our partners Aquilar can even incorporate Sonic as part of a comprehensive solution detecting leaks in risers, plant rooms, leisure areas and the common parts of your buildings, giving you total peace of mind.
Look after your brand
As well as showing how you are responsibly managing the use of water, we can help you avoid unwanted publicity.
Businesses, as you know, have a responsibility to look after their colleagues and customers, as does any company or individual managing a building.
It’s easy, though sometimes expensive and time-consuming, to deal with some hazards and ensure the building is safe. But what about those perils you can’t see?
Legionnaire’s disease is a genuine concern as it can prove fatal. Legionella bacteria could appear in water pipes and elsewhere if the temperature is high and water hasn’t been flowing.
Our Hydros platform can detect where this is a significant risk, thanks to the sensors in Sonic and the machine learning (AI) we use. So we can show you – by means of an alert – if there is an elevated risk of Legionnaire’s disease in a particular location. You can then ensure the system is properly flushed through before problems appear.
We could even trigger a maintenance request for your team with all the relevant information, to make it even easier to get things right.
And of course we can provide you a full report with details of the issue – from alert to resolution – so you can easily demonstrate best practice.
Get a deeper understanding
Unneeded usage of water is costly, damaging, and sends the wrong message.
Our Hydros platform provides a range of information that can prove useful: for example some of our commercial clients want to know if there is water running outside of business hours.
It is not uncommon to see taps left running all day in coffee shops, for example, or the rinse tap left running at the dentist.
Providing businesses with a clear view of how they use water helps them in turn to encourage their colleagues to consume less through better behaviours – or install simple equipment to shut off taps automatically.
You can integrate your estate management solution with us using our cloud API, and we offer various BMS drivers if you deal with things locally. Each of these provides clear metrics around usage, alerts and other intelligence. Please speak with our team to see what works best for you.
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