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Robert Taylor
WAGS Water and Gas Safety Valve
Protect your home from a leaking water heater!

Winnipeg, Manitoba - Brian Baker of Custom Vac Limited can state with 100% certainty, "Your water heater will eventually fail and leak"! Most water heaters fail within 7-10 years even with annual maintenance and due diligence by either the homeowner or service technician. "That's about 5 million tank failures every year," said Baker. Without a WAGS safety valve, a leaking tank keeps refilling and leaking. The WAGS valve technology prevents disastrous floods and untold damage to your property.

"WAGS stands for Water and Gas Safety and was specifically designed to shut off the water supply (plus gas supply for gas-fired heaters) in the event of a water leak from a hot water heater, thus minimizing water damage and possible gas leakage," said Baker. The valve can be installed on all styles of water heaters, is fully mechanical, requires no external power supply, and cannot be accidentally triggered, making it an effective and easy add-on.

  • The average water heater lasts 7-10 years
  • An undetected leaking tank can release hundreds, even thousands of gallons of water, causing costly damage to property.
  • Can you be sure someone will be there when the leak occurs?
  • Gas water heaters pose additional risk. Leaking water can extinguish the pilot flame allowing gas to escape.
  • The wags water and gas safety valve shuts off the water supply when it detects a water leak. It also shuts the gas supply off in gas-fired water heaters.
  • Proven technology, developed for the British Royal Air Force, is fully mechanical, requiring no additional power supply.
  • Cannot accidentally fire when splashed, and is impervious to humidity. The water level in the drip pan must be ¾" deep to trigger the valve.
  • Backed by a $1000.00 policy against water damage.
  • Manufactured by Taco, Inc., the most trusted name in high quality, high performance HVAC and plumbing products.


Homeowners, Condominium Associations, or Apartment Owners all need to take a close to look at the benefits of protecting themselves and/or their occupants from the unnecessary flooding due to a failed water heater. Baker reports that water heaters located above main floors are becoming commonplace as buildings are being converted to self-contained apartments and condominiums. If a water heater is located on or above the main floor or located in an area not served by a properly connected floor drain were to leak, thousands of dollars in damage would likely result.

Baker stresses that it's not just the leaking water that we need to be concerned with. Water damage can lead to more serious issues such as poor indoor air quality. If water is not properly and quickly contained and/or removed, furnishings, wallboard, insulation materials, wood, carpets, etc can all become breading grounds for mould. Once established, mould is very expensive and difficult to remove. Each year thousands of dollars in insurance claims are filed. The net result is lost time, out of pocket expenses and the hassle every time a water heater fails.

Mobile homes are another huge market segment that is well suited for the WAGS valve. Today with improved building standards they are well insulated. Once moisture gets into the insulation beneath the floor the fix is anything but inexpensive. In addition, homes above crawl spaces typically have no way to effectively deal with water once it leaks in. "Many times complaints about odors from the furnace, sickness, headaches, etc. are traced back to an event such as a leaking water heater," said Baker.

"You need to look at your home or building and consider the damage that could be done," said Baker. Another suggestion is to pull the costs out of your file from the last water damage claim you made. He'll bet that the damage claim, repair, out of pocket expenses and hassle, well exceeded 40% of the cost of the water heater. In fact, an average homeowners claim for water damage today exceeds $5000.00. The WAGS water and gas safety valve is so good the Manufacturer backs each valve with a $1000.00 policy against water damage.

There are many new products designed to improve and/or protect our homes. The WAGS, water and gas safety valve can be installed for about 40% of the cost of an installed water heater. When you consider the cost of clean up and the protection that WAGS offers. Is it "Good Value"... you decide.

To find a locally "Registered WAGS Installer" visit their website at

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