Welcome to the Kevlyn Pumps Story.

Our journey will take us through the discovery, development and manufacturing paths that will lead us to what is now the Kevlyn Pumps OPD-350.

DISCOVERY STORY

In 1996, I started a business called Murphy’s Dryer Vent Service. http://murphysdryerventservice.com/

Many multilevel units in Chesterbrook, PA http://mainlinepatoday.com/chesterbrook-tredyffrin-township-wayne-pa-19087/ had dryers and water heaters in the same closet. I noticed that the lower level units sometimes had mold growing through the drywall. Asking about the mold I would always hear that the water heater upstairs had an undetected leak that caused the damage. The mold condition in the downstairs unit didn’t appear until well after the incident was corrected.

Total estimated annual water damage claims are approximate 5 to 9 billion dollars.[1] Basements as well as ceilings and multi floor dwellings can experience damage. In the U.S, water damage is the second most filed insurance claim with the average claim amounting to roughly $4,500.[2] This does not take into account time lost from your job, drywall dust throughout your house and undetected moisture that will produce mold over time. It also does not account for your out of pocket deductible and the frustration with dealing with an insurance company. https://contractorquotes.us/hot-water-heater-flooded-basement/#:~:text=A%20water%20heater%20bursting%20is,heating%20element%20gasket%20or%20seals.

 I knew there had to be a solution to this water heater leak issue. After researching what was available in the market, I realized that every solution had its pros and cons. The low end products were battery operated and did nothing to manage the leak. The midrange products also had promise but lacked manageable flood control. The high end products actually shut off the water but did nothing to manage the 40 – 50 gallons of water in the heater. Installing pans below grade had limited areas to discharge the water and pans that needed to be installed with PVC piping were difficult and expensive.

This started me on my quest to come up with an all-inclusive remedy. The process has gone through many iterations, patents and revisions. The final product is actually nothing like the first three that I had patented.


[1] In the U.S., water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim and has accounted for more than $5 billion of reported claims each year from 1999 to 2003; Source: http://leakdefensesystem.com/water-damage-stats/. Water damage caused $9.1 billion in annual homeowner property losses over a three-year period, according to a 2011 ACE Insurance Underwriters study; Source: http://batyins.com/categories-media/entry/311-water-damagecauses-9-1-billion-in-annual-homeowner-property-losses.

[2] Based on studies and reports from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, water heater failures are one of the top five sources of residential water losses. Water heater failures cost an average of $4,444 per incident after the deductible was paid; Source: https://www.disastersafety.org/studies-reports/water-heater-failure-risks/.