Don Taylor has been serving the plumbing industry for more than 40 years. The most frequent plumbing problem he sees everyday is related to excessive water pressure. High pressure is not of an immediate concern but over time, high water pressure can damage your plumbing system, and it is often time undetected. If excessive water pressure is not lowered, it causes damages in plumbing components. Running toilets, banging pipes, leaking faucet, and even catastrophic plumbing problems, like burst pipes and water heater. This is much like blood pressure in our body, it cannot be too high or too low. The higher the blood pressure, the higher risk of health problems in the future. The pressure needs to be maintained and controlled at a healthy level.
A healthy water pressure is 80 psi. A pressure regulator in each property is intended to reduce pressure coming from the municipal supply to a safe level. Plumbing codes require property to maintain pressure under 80 psi. Many plumbing products maximum working pressure is also below 80 psi. Some plumbing products' warranty will even be voided if pressure is higher than 80 psi. Thermal expansion in water heater can also cause excessive pressure in water system. For that reasons, regulators and thermal expansion tank are useful in reducing maintaining pressure at a healthy level. Unfortunately, these devices do not last forever. It is very important to keep water pressure at the safe level but there is not an single alarm that warns us when harmful water pressure is hitting the water system? How would anyone know if the water pressure is too high? There are smoke alarm, burglar alarm, leak alarm, etc. in property but there is no water pressure alarm to alert such costly event is about to happen.
Today, we can only know about the problem when something is broken and needed our immediate attention for repair. Don tired to find ways to help his customers. He tired to find a product in the market that can warn property occupants when there is high pressure in their water system so that they can be aware and fixe the problem until it's too late. But, he cannot find one.
Don then built a team that composed of mechanical and electrical engineers to bring the water pressure alarm from concept to real life. The product design requirements include user installation experience to meeting all plumbing codes standards. After three years of design iterations, verification and validation, the first generation of the Don alarm - the water pressure alert is reaching its finally here.
Our ultimate goal is to join the effort to reduce water damage in property, the second most frequently insurance claim in the United States, and preserve our precious natural resource- Water.