We depend on water in our homes for cooking, washing clothes, operating plumbing fixtures and a host of other essential functions. When leaks or other significant problems with our water delivery systems occur, our lives are interrupted. Water damage is the second highest cause of home insurance claims. Water sensors could have prevented or minimalized 93% of those claims.
What Are Water Sensors?
Water sensors are products that help recognize when a water leak develops. With a sensor from Wayne Alarm Systems, our monitoring center detects new leaks immediately. We can alert you, your plumber or anyone you would like. Stopping a burst pipe or broken faucet early can be the difference between laying a towel down and having to rip up the floor.
How Do Water Detection Alarm Systems Work?
There are multiple types of water sensors for home use. Two of the most common kinds include:
- Active: This system offers the most aggressive approach to stopping water leaks. The installer connects the water sensor alarm to your home’s main water shut-off valve. When the sensor detects a leak, it will immediately stop the water flow before significant damage occurs. These products are ideal for vacation homes and other properties that may go unoccupied for extended periods — nobody needs to be there to know that a problem exists and requires attention.
- Passive: A passive system consists of a cable and console.The installer will lay the cable across a room, behind a laundry machine or in your basement and mount the console on the wall. The cable detects the water breach. When water touches any part of the cable, an alarm will sound to notify the monitoring center. These systems can consist of one sensor at a targeted location or multiple units throughout your home or property.
In addition to sending an alert to the monitoring center, your system can also notify you via your computer, smartphone or tablet. You’ll know right away when a potential issue arises.
Where Should You Place Your Water Sensors?
Consider placing your water sensor units wherever the potential for water damage exists. Damage poses the greatest risk around:
- Plumbing fixtures: Sinks, toilets, tubs and showers can leak or overflow. A water sensor alarm can alert you in the early stages of an issue, giving you time to take action.
- Furnaces and boilers: These household heating units can be a source of unseen leaks that only a water sensor can detect. Use a sensor and you won’t have to pay an HVAC technician to discover it for you.
- Water heaters: Your alarm can serve as a reliable flood alarm sensor to prevent an undetected water heater leak from creating a wet mess in your basement.
- Appliances: Washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, water dispensers and ice makers can develop small leaks that cause substantial water damage over time. Your water sensor alarm will let you know something is wrong so you can correct the issue.
Why Do You Need a Water Detection Alarm System?
Installing water sensor alarms in your home’s most vulnerable areas can provide numerous benefits.
Prevent Costly Damage
According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average cost of a water-related homeowners’ insurance claim is approximately $10,900. Even if your policy covers most or all of the damage, your carrier may increase your premium. If you file multiple claims, the insurer might cancel your coverage.
If you take preventive action to install a water sensor alarm, you could get a premium reduction or even earn a policy discount.
Avoid the Inconvenience
Water damage can leave a mess inside your home, especially if a malfunctioning water heater causes flooding. Your sensor can detect leaks early and serve as a home flood detection system that can prevent disruptions to your household routine. You can also stop mold growth, which can potentially make your home uninhabitable.
Lower Your Utility Bills
Even small, undetected leaks can increase your overall household water consumption and cause your utility bills to skyrocket. A water sensor alarm provides a substantial return on your investment and helps you save money, especially when considering these units’ relative affordability.
Make Your Home Safer
You might not notice a water leak until you or a member of your household slips on a small pool of water and gets injured. A water detection alarm system can prevent these mishaps by enabling you to detect and address leaks before they leave puddles on the floor.
Get Peace of Mind
If you own a vacation home or rental property that sits empty for weeks or months at a time, you can’t always know what’s happening when you’re not there. When you install sensors, you’ll know immediately if a water leak occurs via the system’s mobile app, even if you’re hundreds of miles away. You’ll enjoy having one less thing to worry about.
Wayne Alarm Systems Can Install Water Sensors in Your Home
If you own a home in Massachusetts or New England, you can count on Wayne Alarm Systems to install a state-of-the-art water detection alarm system. We can provide hardwired and wireless devices and customize them for your property. We’ll also connect sensors to your security system’s control panel so that the alarm will notify our UL-Listed 5-Diamond monitoring center if a water emergency occurs.
At Wayne Alarm Systems, we’ve been helping homeowners like you keep their properties safe for more than 50 years. We support our customers with quality work and exceptional customer service. Our company-owned monitoring center offers a blazing-fast eight-second response time — we’ll always be there when you need us. Contact us online to request a no-obligation water sensor alarm quote today!