Rank no. 119 – American Leak Detection – US
Products & Services: Concealed water, gas & sewer leak-detection services
Number of Locations: 381
Total Investment: $76.75K – 259.54K
Began Franchising: 1984
About American Leak Detection
When American Leak Detection was founded in 1974, the business was detecting leaks in pools, spas, and slabs in Southern California. Since then, American Leak Detection has expanded beyond Southern California, operating across the U.S. and around the world. In addition to detecting pool, spa, and slab leaks, American Leak Detection franchisees perform sewer and utility line locating; oil, gas, and natural gas leak detection; crack injection; and other related services.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Franchise Fee: $29,500 – $120,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6-10%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $200,000
Liquid Cash Available: $70,000
Franchise can be run from home. 7% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 2 – 3. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Franchise Ranking History
In 2006, the company was bought out by Connecticut-based software company The PlainSight Group. PlainSight had developed a data-filtering algorithm which could be loaded onto hand-held devices to make leak detection much more efficient.
In 2010 ALD merged with Qonnectis PLC in a reverse takeover. The new company was named Water Intelligence PLC.
The company’s motto is “leak detection without destruction.” ALD has patented a laser-sensor technology called LeakVue that detects leaks through surface changes.
The company also sells consumer products, such as a fogger which releases a sanitizer to fight against the spread of influenza and other diseases.
Awards and rankings
In 2008, American Leak Detection was ranked #181 in the Franchise 500—#1 in the Miscellaneous Maintenance Products & Services category. Entrepreneur Magazine also ranked the company as the #21 best home-based franchise for 2012.
Also in 2008, The Wall Street Journal ranked ALD as one of the Top 25 High Franchise Performers.