This will be the most valuable pan in your kitchen!
A wise but bedraggled homeowner, after experiencing an appliance leak, once said, “There’s no such thing as a little bit of water.” What on the surface may appear to be a small puddle of water could be significant damage under a floor or in an adjacent wall. Once drywall and joists have become saturated, mold becomes a substantial risk and it is no longer a mop-only clean-up.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), one in every 50 insured homes has a water damage claim each year. Water damage is also the single, largest liability with Mutual Assurance Society members. Depending on the type and location of the damage, the repair can get very expensive. On average, the cost to restore water damage is $18.22 per square foot, with an average claim of $7500. If you have 2nd-floor appliances, you could easily be looking at 5 figure repair costs.
These calculations are based on the assumption that a leak is a clear water leak. If the water source is a dishwasher or washing machine, the leak may be “grey water” or water with soap or other chemicals in it. In these cases, homeowners can add another $5 per square foot to the restoration costs.
A product we love that prevents the damage a leak can cause is the Armory Under Counter Appliance Drain Pan.
Once installed, the Armory Drain Pan not only senses, blocks and traps leaks, it also drains the water safely away. With it, you can eliminate the worry about expensive repairs, mold, and other hazards that a large or slow leak can cause.
The manufacturer, Armory Products, is located in Henrico, Virginia. Owner Matthew Gunn is a certified kitchen designer and remodeler who, after years of helping clients deal with leaks from under counter appliances and not finding an ideal fix, designed and produced the perfect loss prevention solution himself.
The Armory pan installed under a dishwasher, washing machine, or ice maker that has limited height restrictions due to a fixed countertop. A traditional drain pan is too large to work in these conditions. The Armory pan comes in two sizes (15” and 24”) and can be quickly and easily installed by a licensed plumber.
Each Appliance Drain Pan kit includes a specialized drain tray, a pair of skids, and an over-sized drain fitting, and it can be installed either during or after construction.
For more information, go to www.appliancedrainpan.com