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AquaPea leak system finding success in insurance sector

Innovations company Qinov8 has partnered with Auger, a tech specialist for the insurance industry, on the AquaPea leak repair system for water supply pipes.

Auger – which serves the insurance industry for drainage and water mains claims across the UK – has the exclusive licence in the insurance sector for AquaPea, which is also undergoing trials with major water companies.

AquaPea has proved successful in its initial phase of use, cutting out disruption and time in unnecessary excavations in homes and on land near consumer and commercial premises.

Internal leaks and escape of water claims cost UK insurers an estimated £3.9 million every day, according to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The system uses an advanced polymer material the size of a pea, which is introduced into the water supply pipe at an external meter chamber and, with the internal stop tap turned off, the polymer is drawn to the location of the leak. The flow of water carries the Aquapea along the inside of the pipe, bonding to the pipe at the position of the leak and curing within 20 minutes.

The repair system is permanent and suitable for all common water pipe materials in homes and commercial buildings.

Chris Cowen, Auger client relationship manager, said: “In many cases we are now able to repair a leak within 45 minutes of arriving on site without any excavation. In 40 per cent of cases we can achieve a complete effective repair, avoiding excavations entirely and we are working with Qinov8 to improve this success rate.

“If no external meter chamber is in place, then an excavation at the customer’s boundary is required to install one, which allows us to deploy an AquaPea and avoid multiple excavations and customer disruption.

“Importantly this product also saves many costly internal excavations and reinstatements in a significant number of cases. If the AquaPea is introduced and it does not fully repair the leak, it will have still reduced water loss, which could cause unseen damage. We then simply continue with a repair in the normal way by completing an excavation.”

Different sized peas can be used depending on the size of the leak. This can be calculated by the water loss per minute and monitoring the water pressure. Different setting times can be used for the polymer to allow longer supply pipes to be repaired.

Immediate and long-term benefits of a reduction in excavations by using the new system include reducing injuries and utility strikes, reducing the carbon footprint, energy-water savings and customer satisfaction.

This product is exclusively offered by Auger as part of an insurance claim at no cost to the customer apart from the policy excess. There are no additional costs to the insurer.

Author: Robin Hackett, Deputy Editor, WWT and WET News
Topic: Innovation , Leakage
Tags: leaks , leakage , AquaPea , Qinov8 , insurance

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