Water Level Sensor

Did you know that water alone caused $9.1 billion worth of property damage annually from 2007 to 2009? This accounts for approximately 23 percent of all recorded homeowner property losses (American Insurance Association). Furthermore, according to the American Insurance Association, water damage claims have been growing at a faster rate as compared to other types of homeowner insurance claims. Needless to say, water damages are proving to be extremely costly, which is quite unfortunate as most of them can be avoided by taking preventive measures. These include the use of water level sensors as well as flood detectors.

Why Do You Need Water Level and Flood Alarms?

In 2010, the findings of ACE Private Risk Services suggested that up to $8.5 billion worth of property damage could’ve been avoided by homeowners if they installed an automatic water leak detection and shut-off system in their homes. Insurance policies greatly vary when it comes to covering damages from flood and might not cover even half of your expenses under certain circumstances.

Once your house is flooded, even if it’s as little as an inch of water, the damage that comes with it could be huge. Some of the costs could include:

  • Cleaning fees

  • Electrical and plumbing work

  • Repairing doors, and windows

  • Replacing or refinishing flooring

  • Repairing or replacing electronic devices

How Do Water Level and Flood Detectors Work?

Water level sensors are designed to detect the presence of water as well as its absence. They could be configured to function either way depending on your particular needs. The detector is directly connected to an alarm panel, which triggers an alarm when a higher or lower level is detected. These are ideal for the detection of leaks from water sources or low water levels in aquariums or fish tanks. They come in various forms; some are designed to detect even the slightest presence of moisture while others need to be submerged in water in order to transmit a signal.

Flood detectors are designed to alert leakages. Some of the sources may be:

  • Washing machines

  • Drains and sump pumps

  • Toilets

  • Water heaters

  • bath tubs and showers

  • Refrigerators and dishwashers

  • windows and sidings

  • Air-conditioning systems

  • The foundation

Flood detectors typically consist of three sensors, when two of these make contact with water, a circuit is completed. This triggers an alarm as well as transmits a signal to the control panel. The control panel may then notify the monitoring center, which is responsible for arranging relevant help.

Do you want your flood detectors to be linked with your home alarm system? If yes, then that may be possible by getting detectors that are compatible with your existing security system. This would help you not only maximize the security but also save on the costs associated with a separate flood detection system.    

Where to Install Water Level Sensors?

A large number of reported flooding incidents occur in basements as they are the lowest point of a house; this is also because most homes have their water heaters, washing machines and sump pumps in the basement. Moreover, the basement is also likely to be flooded by leaks from foundations, sewers and pipes. Therefore, placing a water level sensor in the basement could be a good idea. Another place would be the bathroom; with multiple water outlets, it is quite probable that a leakage occurs in the pipes or someone accidently leaves the water running. Kitchens are another potential disaster zone.  You can also place water level detectors in rooms with expensive electronic equipment, data or documents or any other treasured possessions that you would want to protect against water damage.



Q:How can I conduct a water level sensor experiment in a simple way?

A:There are many ways to carry out a water level sensor experiment. You will need to search for instructions and select a suitable method for experiment. If you are unable to make your own water level sensor or your sensor does not work properly, you may take professional help or buy a water sensor from a store or an online shop. You may also read customer reviews to select the most suitable water sensor.

Q:How do sensors detect the water level?

A:Each water level sensor works a little differently depending on its type and purpose. Some water sensors detect the presence of water, while the others detect its absence. When a certain water level is detected, a user is alerted with the help of an alarm. In case you are buying a new sensor, you can ask for details from the sales representative and select the sensor that best suits your specific needs.

Q:What problems can occur if a water level sensor fails to work?

A:If the water level sensor fails to work, it can cause various problems for the homeowners. Water flooding can cause considerable damage to the property and household items. You may incur additional costs to fix different things. You may need to pay cleaning fees, repair windows and doors, replace or refine flooring, and replace electronic devices. Electrical and plumbing work may also be required if the sensor does not indicate the right water level.

Q:Can you tell me how I can install a water level sensor?

A:If you want to install a water level sensor, you will need to read the instruction manual given with it. Besides, you may contact any representative from the water sensor company to guide you about the correct installation. If you feel that you won't be able to install the sensor on your own, you may call professional help to ensure correct installation.

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