High-rise leaks can quickly become large problems. One neighbor’s child may leave a faucet on, causing water damage to the ceiling of the unit below. A pipe could unknowingly sprout a leak, causing damage to several apartments. Repairman often must search for several hours to find the water’s original source before the leak can even be stopped.
In condominiums, water damage can affect multiple families’ health. Moisture can lead to mold, which is difficult to completely remove. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mold can cause everything from eye irritation to troubled breathing to, after extended exposure, chronic lung disease.
Water also ruins personal property. No resident wants to repair damage to walls or ceilings, or lose their antique carpet or wedding dress because a neighbor started a flood. However, floods are common. In 2003, California alone saw insurance companies pay 500 million dollars in water damage claims.
Condominium communities can take steps to protect entire buildings from water damage. New products can detect and stop water leaks before damages occur.