Alan O’Shea is the founder and owner of Alvention Ltd. Alan has over 30 years experience in plumbing and heating, he has been a director and part owner of Jeremiah O’Shea & Sons Ltd. and Clash Plumbing and Heating Ltd. He has worked in Roadload Distribution Cork Ltd and Waters Munster Glass Ltd as a distribution manager.
Alan has a certificate in Advanced Business Studies from I.T. Tralee, and a degree in Business studies from the University of Limerick with a major in accounting and finance. Alan is currently taking part in Phase2 of the New Frontiers programme at the Tom Crean Centre based at the I.T. Tralee. My work history has always been about problem solving and finding the most efficient way to move forward. I am a creative person and my new company reflects this. I am an entrepreneur with a desire and the drive to succeed.
Thankfully most of us don’t need to think about our water systems at home. From time to time, unfortunately, we are caught off guard and there can be serious problems. If you are unlucky enough to have a leak in one of your plumbing or heating systems it can be very upsetting and cause a lot of damage with loss of property and possessions. Water damage can be extensive and very expensive to repair. Home insurance usually covers this type of damage although the insurance companies seem to be getting more stringent on what is covered especially if you have had a similar event before.
So what can you do if you do have a leak at home? The most important thing to do is to stop the flow of water as quickly as possible. How do you do that?
If you have a pressurised system(one with a pump), turn off the pump, and open
any taps to drain the pressure from the system.
If you have a gravity system(one where there are storage tanks usually in the
attic) try to locate the relevant valve and shut it off.
If you can’t locate the correct valve or you don’t know which one to turn off then
turn off your mains supply, usually located outside the home.
Once the mains supply is turned off, unfortunately, there is very little left to do
except to wait for the flow of water to stop, this can take some time especially
considering there is normally between 160L to 240L (sometimes more) water
stored in your attic. This can result in significant damage and while the mains
supply is from other systems in the house will be affected showers, toilets etc.
It is best to contact a plumber to carry out repairs.
At Alvention Ltd. we are developing the Tankbuddy which is part of the Alvention Products range. The Tankbuddy can be inserted into your storage tank and placed into the outlet which is feeding the leak. Once inserted the Tankbuddy can be pressurised to stop the outlet, therefore, preventing the storage tank from emptying and allowing other parts of the system e.g showers and toilets to still operate. Naturally, any service which is supplied by the affected area will not now work. The Tankbuddy can save you precious time and therefore protect your property from further damage.