Expanding Wallasey-based tech specialist for the insurance industry Auger is changing the market in water leaks.
Internal leaks and escape of water claims cost UK insurers an estimated £3.9m every day according to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
The Aquapea leak repair system for water supply pipes from Auger, working with innovations company Qinov8, is already having widespread success in its initial phase of use.
It cuts out disruption and time in unnecessary excavations in homes and on land near consumer and commercial premises.
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 game-changing 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 percent 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.”
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.