Should I Install a Water Alarm?

News & Information > Should I Install a Water Alarm?
4/24/2017
When it comes to water damage, the sooner you know there is a problem, the better. That is why homeowners opt to install a water alarm. This self-contained electronic device provides an alert when there is potential water damage. When the device’s sensor comes into contact with water, an alarm is sounded.

Benefits of Installing a Water Alarm
Installing a water alarm can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. Here are some of the benefits:

Prevent Mold & Mildew. It's not uncommon to find minor mold and mildew problems in high moisture areas. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are all susceptible. By detecting water damage before mold and mildew develop, you can avoid potential health problems as well as unwanted odors.

Identify Faulty Appliances. Having appliances that use water, like hot water heaters and deep freezers, can cause water damage if the equipment fails. Often a slow leak will go undetected until a major problem presents itself. These slow leaks can cause rotting floors, crumbling walls and other extensive damage.

Prevent Frozen Pipes. A burst pipe can be a nightmare for any homeowner. There are water alarms available that not only alert you to excess moisture, but also turn on pipe heaters when the temperature drops below a certain level thereby preventing a burst pipe.

Types of Water Alarms
Audio alarm only
  • Pros: Inexpensive; can be installed at any water supplied device; no need for AC outlet; and battery-powered with low battery warning.
  • Cons: Does not shutoff water supply; homeowner must be present to mitigate leak.

Reactive (will shut off the water supply using a shutoff valve)
  • Pros: Moderate expense; sensors are usually wireless; multiple sensors available; cell phone text capability; and I/O for house alarm options.
  • Cons: Valve must be installed and exercised every six months due to sediment corrosion; 120 VAC outlet plug needed to power the system; some wireless systems have limited signal range.

Reactive (will monitor average water use; when set limit is exceeded, the system will shut off the supply with a valve)
  • Pros: No sensors needed; battery backup; and I/O for house alarm option.
  • Cons: Expensive; valve must be installed and exercised every six months due to sediment corrosion; and 120 VAC outlet plug needed.

Reactive (will shut off a well water supply by switching the pump power off)
  • Pros: Moderately priced; designed for well water; no valves or plumbing; no external power 120 VAC needed; system is powered from the well pump; can be used for either pressure switch controlled systems or constant pressure systems; and I/O for house alarm option.
  • Cons: Sensors are wired.
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