US 9,810,599 B2
Water leak early detection system and method
Eugene Bright, Boca Raton, FL (US)
Filed by Eugene Bright, Boca Raton, FL (US)
Filed on May 19, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/281,486.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/824,574, filed on May 17, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2014/0338428 A1, Nov. 20, 2014
Int. Cl. G01M 3/32 (2006.01); G01M 3/00 (2006.01)
CPC G01M 3/3254 (2013.01) [G01M 3/002 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
12. An early-leak detection and warning method for swimming pools within an area, said method comprises:
providing a plurality of early-leak detection devices at each of a plurality of swimming pools disposed within an area, each of the plurality of swimming pools disposed a separation distance from each of the other ones of the plurality of swimming pools within the area, being independent from and not fluidly coupled to one other ones of the plurality of swimming pools within the area, and corresponding to a building within the area having at least one water valve coupled to the building and operable to release and stop water flow from a fresh water source into the corresponding swimming pool;
determining, by each of the plurality of early-leak detection devices, a rate of swimming pool water loss for the corresponding swimming pool based on the water flow that is released into the swimming pool by the at least one water valve;
determining, by each of the plurality of early-leak detection devices, an expected rate of swimming pool water loss for the corresponding swimming pool based on at least one environmental factor;
comparing, by each of the plurality of early-leak detection devices, said rate of swimming pool water loss determined with said expected rate of water loss;
if a minimum threshold value of said rate of swimming pool water loss exceeding said expected rate of swimming pool water loss for the corresponding swimming pool is met:
communicating, by the corresponding early-leak detection device, an indication indicating that a swimming pool leak may exist in the corresponding swimming pool; and
selecting, by the corresponding early-leak detection device, the highest threshold value reached from a plurality of increasing threshold values; and
communicating, by the corresponding early-leak detection device, an indication indicating a level of likelihood that a swimming pool leak may exist in said reservoir based on said threshold level reached; and
providing a remote server:
communicatively coupled to each of the plurality of early-leak detection devices within the area, wherein the area is at least one of a neighborhood, a county, a city, and a state and wherein each early-leak detection device communicatively coupled to the remote server is configured to detect a leak in a swimming pool not fluidically coupled to any of the other ones of the plurality of swimming pools; and
operably configured to aggregate, over a network, a measurement of water use during an individual refill session from each of the plurality of early-leak detection devices disposed within the area so as to determine if at least one of the plurality of early-leak detection devices is detecting a swimming pool leak within the corresponding independent swimming pool by comparing a statistical value of swimming pool water loss for the at least one of the neighborhood, the county, the city, and the state, as determined by the rates of swimming pool water loss received by the remote server from each of the plurality of early-leak detection devices within the area, to the corresponding rate of swimming pool water loss received from at least one of the plurality of early-leak detection devices.