Water Sensor

One fine day, you’re doing the laundry. You toss some clothes into the machine and go upstairs to vacuum. Unfortunately, you accidently leave a small towel in the sink next to the laundry machine, clogging the drain and causing the sink to overflow. By the time you realize what has happened, the damage has been done. The bedroom next to the laundry room’s wall is completely soaked along with the furniture and carpet.

Carelessness? Maybe

Whatever the reason for this sort of an accident, let’s face it; it could happen to anyone of us. Your real concern should be, whether you can prevent such an accident from happening in future and damages associated with it.

The good news - you can.

Water sensors and their different types:

Water sensors are your first line of defense against such accidents. A water sensor is an electronic device that is designed to sound an alarm when its sensor comes in contact with water. It can be installed near heaters, washing machines, bathtubs, dishwashers, and other equipment.

There are two types of water sensors - passive and active. To determine which one will be more suitable to your needs, you are advised to consult a professional.

With passive water sensors, the device is placed on the floor and activates when it becomes wet. It is a battery operated device.

As for active water sensors, they are capable of operating on individual appliances or on the entire house. This system is also designed to sound an alarm, and it automatically shuts off the water supply when the alarm is activated. Special shut off valves and electrical wiring is required for this type of water sensor.

Types of damages water sensors could prevent:

Here’s a quick list of the damages that the installation of a water sensor might be able to avert:

  • Sprinkler system failure: This could flood your garden and ruin your plants.

  • Roof leakage: This is especially relevant during heavy rainfall season. Even a small leak in the roof can cause considerable damage.

  • Washing machine malfunction: This could cause water to overflow and damage your property.

  • Toilet malfunction: Toilet clogging would cause the water to back up and start accumulating in a bathroom.

  • Sewer backup: This could cause serious damage. The water from sewers, also known as black water contains harmful bacteria. Any contact with this can lead to infections and other health conditions.

  • Burst pipe: Buildings that use piping is prone to this hazard. The situation would be aggravated if the burst pipe is not a clean water pipe.

After reading this, you might think that this may not happen to you. Well, think again. Look at the following scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: The temperature goes below 10 degrees, causing the water in the pipes to freeze, bursting the pipes. Your floor is now under 5 inches of water.

  • Scenario 2: A water leak from your backyard pool ruins the freshly planted flowerbeds, before flooding your basement.

  • Scenario 3: Water from the ground, seeps into your basement, damaging the very foundations of the house.

Numbers speak louder:

If you are still unsure, let the numbers do the talking. Ace Private Risk Services, an insurance company, provided the following data:                      

                        Cause of Loss

                              Average Cost

                       Faulty Plumbing

                                $ 17,250

                     Appliance Leakage

                                $ 13,467

                      Bathroom Fixtures

                                $ 10,799


                                $ 36,589

Insurance Benefits

Another advantage of installing water sensors in your home is the potential insurance benefits. There are many companies that cover damages done by water. Check with your home insurance provider to see what type of premium deductions they offer if you have a water sensor installed.


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