Water Leak Detector

A little water never hurt anyone, right? But try telling that to homeowners who may have suffered thousands’ of dollars worth of property damage (if not more) from water leaks alone. In fact, it’s a common scenario now for someone to return home after a vacation and find his entire basement flooded courtesy of a burst pipe.

People often forget that while they should protect their house from any outside danger, it is just as important to protect your house from the inside as well. Because by the time you realize that the reason your water bills are piling up, it may be too late— leaking water over time could lead to discoloration, decay, or even mold, among other things.

Fortunately, technology nowadays has progressed to such an extent that you could now protect your house against leaks by installing a water leak detector. This device is designed to sense rising water levels inside your home and notifies you before things can get worse. So before that leak turns into a flood, taking down bits and pieces of your house as well as most of your money with it, you may want to read the following information and consider installing a water leak detector.

How it Works

A water leak detector is designed to detect potentially hazardous levels of water. It could notify via an alarm or a monitoring service, or both, depending on the package the homeowner has opted for.

The sensor used in these devices could be either a moisture sensor (which is triggered when the device becomes wet), or a flow sensor (which uses a meter to measure the flow of water). Water leak detectors could also be either a passive or an active type. Passive detectors are usually stand-alone, battery-operated devices which may be easy to set up and are usually placed close to an appliance. They alert by sounding an audible alarm and may come with a flashing light. Active detectors on the other hand also sound an alarm and also usually trigger an automatic shut-off valve which stops the flow of water. Such devices may be installed within an appliance. They are usually hard-wired and need to be installed by a professional.

Where to Place it

Generally, water leak detectors are placed next to appliances that use water and might experience a leak, but if the detector’s range is powerful enough, it could cover an entire room as well. However, you should pay close attention to the supply lines to appliances and fixtures. For example, you could place the device near any one of the following:

  • Washing machines

  • Hot water heaters

  • Air conditioners

  • Refrigerators

  • Toilets

  • Drains & Pipes

  • Dishwashers

  • Basement floor

Things to Consider:

Before rushing to get a water level sensor, there are a few things you should take into account:

  • Waterproof your House—you could have your roof gutters cleaned regularly, keep the humidity indoors between 30-60% and increase ventilation to minimize moisture within the house.

  • Maintain your Appliances—check the plumbing and machinery in your house regularly to make sure they are working properly and that there is no way water could leak out of them.

  • Test the Water Leak Detector—pour a little salt water or tap water under the sensor to make sure the device is working properly and that its alarm is triggered.

Remember, water leaks could make conditions worse over time. Ignoring or setting aside the problem would only make it worse, especially since detecting the leaks could be a drain on your time and money. Installing a water leak detector in certain key locations could help make that process easier, possibly bringing down your water bills by 10% (EPA) as well as preventing any long-term damage to your house.



Q:Can you tell me where I can buy water leak detection equipment?

A:If you are looking for water leak detection equipment, you can find them in electronic stores as well as online portals. Before buying water leak detection equipment, it is better to search online for some reliable companies. You may look for reliable companies by reading user reviews and searching websites such as the Better Business Bureau. Other than that, you may ask your friends and family to refer some good water leak detection equipment.

Q:Can you tell me about companies with simple and reliable water leak detection systems?

A:If you are looking for companies that offer simple and reliable water leak detection, you will need to do some homework beforehand. It is good to ask your family and friends about their experiences and recommendations for the companies. Besides, you may also search on the internet to read user feedback and company comparisons. The Better Business Bureau website may also help you make the right selection.

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