Following the launch of Waterlock, the connected ”escape of water” prevention system, at the BIBA Conference in May, the product’s developer, has announced a formal strategic partnership with , the property underwriting agency and specialist in property insurance.
Sending a clear signal to the insurance industry of the myriad of benefits that Waterlock offers in terms of reducing the incidence of escape of water claims, the two companies will combine their respective expertise and experience to empower and support insurance brokers and claims companies who work with both insurers and policy holders.
“Reception to Waterlock at the BIBA conference was exceedingly positive,” commented Patrick Caiger-Smith, Chief Executive Officer for geo. inet3 not only understands the impact of ”escape of water” on the insurance industry and its customers, but also has a detailed understanding of the insurance market which will be invaluable in helping to raise awareness of the features and benefits of Waterlock.”
Waterlock delivers three key benefits. The first is that it gives homeowners the power to control the mains water stopcock remotely, either from the Waterlock Valve Controller, or from the app on their smartphone. The second is that it can automatically detect and control leaks using wireless sensors around the home which detect standing water or an increase in humidity.
These then activate the Waterlock Valve Controller to close the stopcock and send an alert to the homeowner via email, text message or the Waterlock app. The final benefit is that, as risk is reduced, so insurance premiums will come down, saving money for both the policyholder and the insurer.
Catherine Bell, Chairman of inet3, said: “A solution that can help to combat not just the costs involved in escape of water incidents, but more importantly the stress and inconvenience to homeowners, tenants and landlords, is to be embraced. We have been introducing the benefits of Waterlock to insurers since the BIBA Conference, and without exception they have responded enthusiastically to the benefits that the solution can provide for all. As part of our new partnership, we are now working with geo to present ideas to the industry on how they can incorporate access to Waterlock in their policies.”
geo and inet3 will be focusing on insurance companies that specialise in policies for renovated and unoccupied homes, holiday or second homes and those belonging to vulnerable customers, such as the elderly and disabled or those in assisted living. It will also highlight the benefits of Waterlock to brokers whose customers have already experienced a leak, and who are statistically more likely to experience a second escape of water incident.