Any house is prone to water leaks, whether you are in a climate with a lot of rain or just have old pipes that tend to burst. In cold months, pipes may freeze and break. In such cases, water sensors serve as a precautionary system to detect problems before they get out of hand. And while some may feel wary about investing in a smart water system, imagine the money you could save if you could preserve your tiling, furniture, rugs and other valuables.

PREVENTION

Water sensors can often detect water leaks early enough to prevent large scale damage.

Automation prevents a leak from getting out of hand by sounding an alarm and automatically turning off the water flowing through a pipe when a leak is detected. Plus, they are simple to install. You can clip sensors onto pipes or place them near areas prone to leaks, such as refrigerators, dishwashers and bathrooms. Most are battery-operated, though some are powered by outlet. Some can also record the rate of water leakage upon contact with water. You can even use Wi-Fi to connect to sensors and receive alerts of water leaks.

Water sensors help prevent flooding but also prevent minor leaks that would slowly drive your water bill up.

water sensors
can measure:

Water quality
water pressure levels temperature
pH levels
conductivity
and more

Tip #1:

Spend time identifying major
water hazards

Once you have your sensors in place, take the time to figure out where they should go. They cannot account for your entire home, so be sure to identify a few major hotspots where leaks are most likely to occur. As mentioned, dishwashers, bathrooms and refrigerators are all areas for potential leaks. In addition, laundry machines and outdoor hose areas are also at risk.

Here are a few other areas where water leaks commonly occur:

  • Water supply lines:
    Due to high water pressure, minor leaks in your plumbing system can quickly turn into a devastating flood
  • Showers:
    When shower areas are missing grout or caulking, water is more likely to leak through tub and shower enclosures
  • Gutters:
    Overflow from gutters can run off into walls, eventually causing leaks

Tip #2:

Pay a premium for water
flow controls

While they do cost extra and require professional installation, water flow controls serve a long-term purpose in helping to prevent problems that occur when you are not at home. Avoid the devastation of coming home after a long day of work only to find your house and belongings completely soaked and damaged. Water leaks could destroy your cabinets, flooring, drywall and carpets.

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