The Burst-off System

by Dadtech in Stockport, England, United Kingdom

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The new burst off system will protect your home from water damage caused by burst pipes. It will also conserve water use in the home.

by Dadtech in Stockport, England, United Kingdom

History

Dadtech was incorporated in February 2016

The Owners and Directors are :

Graham Downey    

Sean Brennan

DADTECH = Design and Development Technology. (www.dad-tech.co.uk)

The company has been formed to invent, innovate, design and develop new products and bring them to market.

Graham is a co-owner and director of ABD Tools. ABD Tools develop, patent, manufacture and sell tools to solve specific common plumbing problems.

ABD Tools (Advanced Building Design Ltd) has been trading for over ten years now, and have featured on the popular BBC show, Dragons Den in 2010

Sean is a qualified accountant with 25+ years’ experience of working in industry.

Having known each other for many years, the opportunity arose to work together to bring a number of Grahams new ideas to fruition via Dadtech Ltd

The Problem

A burst pipe, whether it is caused by the freezing cold weather, or by a nail/screw being accidentally  driven into the pipe while doing DIY for instance, can cause many thousands of pounds worth of damage. In cases where a burst pipe has occurred and the owner is out of the house the damage rapidly mounts up with no-one to shut off the water supply.


There is then the issue of whether the home owner / occupier is insured, the time delays in sorting out claims, potentially having to move out while repairs are carried out, the loss of sentimental items, photographs, letters etc, that cannot be replaced.


The average, insurance claim for a household flood is estimated at around £7,000( source : Direct Line - see article)

https://www.directline.com/home-cover/cost-of-water-claims

In the UK alone insurers pay out over £2.5m a day out in water damage / escape of water claims. (Source : British Insurance Brokers Association). Obviously, this does not include the excess amounts paid by the policy holders nor does it include uninsured losses suffered by policy holders. This puts the total cost of water damage / escape of water claims in the UK in a year at over £1billion. The savings to be made from a product that limits damage of this sort to property are potentially substantial. No doubt any product that is proven to minimise the level of claims would elicit significant interest from insurance companies.

Another issue, not only from an environmental point of view, but also as many households are now being supplied through water meters, is that we should all be looking at ways to conserve water and reduce any unnecessary consumption or wastage of water, this makes sense from both a fiscal and an environmental viewpoint, so any innovation that can assist in achieving this is worthy of consideration and development, there are many causes of water leaks / wastage around the house aside from accidentally leaving a tap running, the article below details the main issues where water is wasted.

https://www.directline.com/home-cover/how-to-fix-common-water-leaks

Solution - The Burst-Off

The concept of the system is simple

If no one is in, the water is not on!

But the system is more "intelligent" than that as it doesn't just shut down the water supply when the property is unoccupied.

The Burst-Off is a system that monitors the flow of water through the mains. The flow of water is categorised as either :

"Authorised" - a person is in the room in the house where water is flowing and therefore the system allows water to flow, or it is

"Unauthorised" - there is a flow of water and no person is present in the room therefore the water flow will be shut off and an alarm will sound and / or a text be sent to the householder.

The Burst-Off system has been developed that it can determine that water flow is for an appliance which may be unattended e.g. a washing machine a dishwasher, and if they are calling for water, then the system will allow the flow of water.


The Burst-Off system will also operate on a pulse test basis, i.e. if a burst has developed somewhere in the pipework when the water is off, it will detect an unauthorised flow in the short, intermittent pulse tests, and shut off the supply, the system will sound an internal alarm, and send a text message that a burst has occurred in the pipework, and subsequent investigation is needed before the system and water flow is restored.


The Burst-Off system will have a manual flow override built in, so that the householder can, should they feel it necessary to temporarily de-activate the Burst-Off system, in this state it will sound intermittent bleeps to warn that the water system is unprotected.


The system operates in the various scenarios as follows :


A burst pipe when the property is un-occupied - the system will detect an unauthorised flow and shut off the water supply and send a text to the property owner, it will also sound an internal alarm notifying any persons re-entering the property, who may not be aware of the potential burst pipe, that there is currently an issue with the water system.


A burst pipe when the property is occupied - the system will detect an unauthorised flow and shut off the water supply and send a text to the property owner, it will also sound an internal alarm notifying any persons coming in to the property, who may not be aware of the potential burst pipe, that there is currently an issue with the water system.


A dripping tap – any dripping tap within the property will cease to drip when there is no activation of the motion sensors and the system shuts off the water as normal, saving water.


A leaking valve or fitting, (for example under the floorboards) any dripping water joint within the property will cease to drip when there is no activation of the motion sensors and the system shuts off the water as normal, again saving water, and damage.


If a tap has been left running – and exceeds the flow limits allowed by the system, the system will detect this as an unauthorised full flow and shut off the water supply and send a text message to the property owner, it will also sound an internal alarm notifying any persons re-entering the property, who may not be aware of the potential open tap, or burst pipe, that there is currently a water escape somewhere within the water system.


It should also be added that the Burstoff system can be adapted and fitted to gas supplies and will function slightly differently to the above, but will protect gas pipework from unauthorised gas escapes.


Graham has been refining the concept of the burst off over many years, from the basic idea to a now more modern patented and specified system. You can view his demo of the original system here :

https://youtu.be/6os6Jb1FBSU

As you can see this was several years ago and the system has been through many refinements since, including making use of the more modern technology available today.


The Burst-Off system has now been patented and a full PCT application will be lodged in due course protecting the innovation both in the UK and internationally.


The system has been developed so that it can be installed by a competent DIYer and installation should not take longer than a couple of hours for the basic package, and is suitable to be fitted to new, or existing installations, whatever the size or nature of property.


It is proposed that there will be a number of Burst-Off products, there will be a basic package which will give the householder basic protection, there will also be the option to buy the higher level packages immediately or purchase an upgrade to that level of protection at a later date if required


Dadtech intends to produce and sell the Burst-Off system through the usual on-line sales channels i.e. its own established website, Amazon and Ebay and will also be contacting DIY chains / retail chains to look at supplying the product to the high street.

Funding / Next Steps

The future stages are to take the prototype models that have been created and work in tandem with selected partners to develop the technology to a product that can be brought to market.


This will include but is not limited to

Development of Control panel, PCBs and associated internal property communication to a production unit

Development of communication system to create mobile alerts to householders

Development of internal sensor communication to a production unit

Development of the upgrade technology to allow householders to enhance the level of protection by means of a retrofit

Creation of marketing videos

Creation of on-line marketing campaigns

International innovation protection

Investment in stock

The forecast funding required to achieve this is £80,000 - a detailed breakdown can be provided on request.

REMEMBER - If no one is in, the water is not on!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

£100 Reward - Burst-Off Pro

80% Off the Burst Off Basic System The Burst Off Basic System will consist of 1 control panel, 1 valve and 2 PIR detectors RRP £199.99 (tbc) Reward equivalent £160.00

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Quarterly update on the project : Overall Project update plus Technical progress Commercial progress

£25 or more

£25 Reward - Updates

25% Off the Burst Off Basic System The Burst Off Basic System will consist of 1 control panel, 1 valve and 2 PIR detectors RRP £199.99 (tbc) Reward equivalent £50.00

£50 or more

£50 Reward - Burst-Off Basic

45% Off the Burst Off Basic System The Burst Off Basic System will consist of 1 control panel, 1 valve and 2 PIR detectors RRP £199.99 (tbc) Reward equivalent £90.00

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Vouchers to the value of £325.00 towards Burst Off Systems. The Burst Off Standard System will consist of 1 control panel, 1 valve, 4 PIR detectors and 1 autowasher sensor (for detecting washing machine usage) RRP £249.99 (tbc)

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Vouchers to the value of £700.00 towards Burst Off Systems. The Burst Off Basic Professional System will consist of 1 control panel, 1 valve, 6 PIR detectors, 2 autowasher sensor (for detecting washing machine usage) plus text messaging alerts. RRP £299.99 (tbc)

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