26 Jan Water Leak Detection
When it comes to home insurance claims throughout Canada, water leak detection and its subsequent damage comes in second with an average remediation cost of $10,000. Although fire damage might be a homeowner’s worst fear, insurance brokers would admit that water damage is a far more common claim due to its sheer number of causes. Some causes of water damage sources might include: a burst pipe, a clogged toilet, failing water heater or a broken supply line under your sink or faucet. Clearly, detecting a water leak in its early stages will help mitigate and eliminate large amounts of water damage, so it’s important to have the right tools in place to prevent this. The industry has many small but strong sensors that can detect early water damage and are as essential as smoke detectors in homes around the Greater Toronto Area. Industry experts recommend placing these sensors in places where water damage can build up, such as a laundry room, bathroom, under kitchen sinks and basements near the washer and dryer. For those that are renting out their homes, a leak alert would be handy for quick fixes. Here are some of the benefits of ensuring there is water leak detection in your home or business:
Safety:First and foremost is your family’s safety amid a massive water leak. By having a water or flood sensor installed, it will detect and alert early signs of leakage before they get out of control. Water build-up can have irreparable effects on homes and your family. When water levels hit levels that affect your electrical panels or appliances, it can have disastrous results. It can also lead to home structure damage and ultimately lead to contamination and mold in your home’s structural makeup. By having a sensor installed, it can have more of an effect than we might know!
Less Costly repairs:As mentioned, the amount of insurance claims on water damage is overwhelming, second only to fire damage. By nipping the issue in the bud and being notified of any water leak or a frozen pipe can ultimately save you a lot of money over the long run.
Instant relief:Technology has largely been beneficial to society across many landscapes and industries. With the advent of the flood sensor, it allows for instant notifications to be released once an issue does present itself. Whether you’re home or away, the sensor will fire off a notification that can spring you into action and reduce any damage that has hit your home or business. This has become a true game-changer in terms of being able to respond to issues with as little damage as possible. With most things technological, there are always factors to look out for when considering a flood or water sensor. Picking the right sensor will prove to be integral when it comes to your home or business. Here are a few factors to consider when thinking of buying a water leak detection unit:
Temperature monitoring:In Canada, a strong consideration always has to include the cold weather and with it comes burst or frozen pipes. As one of the indicators in some of the water detectors, frozen pipes are often a cause of severe water damage. When you have a detector with temperature monitoring, it will allow you to take action as necessary.
Automatic Shut-Off:When you are confronted with water damage and are notified of it, you want to be quick about reacting to it. With an automatic shut off feature, your water will stop automatically, thus preventing further damage to your property. Having your water supply stopped will no doubt save you more money in the long run in terms of water damage but might cost a bit more for the detector. We highly recommend this method of detection.
Quick and Easy Alerting:Having an alert in the palm of your hand has not only become the most convenient way to operate our lives, but it’s also become the norm. Having a quick alert pop up on your phone can go a long way so be sure to look for a detector with easy to use app or phone alerts.
Buying a Water Leak Detection Device FactorsWith many devices, it’s important to factor in a few key, primary causes for getting a detector in the first place.
Power Source for your Water Leak Detection DeviceA common issue a lot of homes will be confronted with is when there’s water damage, often times the power will go due to its proximity to the electrical panel. We recommend placing your water sensors in areas that can be out of reach from water but also to operate should the power go. Thankfully, most water detectors are battery-operated which will allow them to operate wirelessly in any circumstance and away from outlets. However, for features that include the auto-shutoff mechanism to work, it might require it to be plugged into a power source. Be sure to look for detectors that have a 10-year battery life and an indicator that will let you know when to change its batteries.
Water Leak DetectionIt goes without saying your water detector should detect the slightest build-up of water in your home. Some detectors will notify you of buildup once it hits a certain threshold and others will notify once it touches the sensor. Be sure to look out for how much water has to be accumulated in order to push a notification to you. Be sure to purchase a water detector that is easily customizable to your specific homes’ needs. Consider a water detector that can easily float should that issue arise.
Commonly asked questions for your water leak detection Unit
How does a water leak detection unit work?The common uses for detectors have two parts – a sensor and a transmitter. Once the sensor is in place, it needs to speak to the transmitter to notify you of any issues. The sensor will include metal probes that alert the transmitter should the water levels reach it and notify you through the app or an alarm
Where’s the best place to install a water leak detection device?Anywhere that you feel water damage can hit is usually the best place to install a water detector! Often times, the water leak detector will be placed near dishwashers, laundry rooms, bathrooms and refrigerators. Be sure to look at your specific sensor to see the best and most common places to put them. Most detectors should not be placed outdoors or on carpeted floors.
How many sensors do I need to install?It depends on your water damage potential and your homes’ needs and size. Some sensors will allow for up to 30 sensors around your home. To start you should make a list of areas to look out for potential water damage and if they can cover large areas.
Typical areas of water detector installation:Typically water detectors are placed near a water source or appliance to catch the issue faster. Normally the detectors are placed in areas such as:
- Under kitchen sinks
- Near refrigerators
- Near toilets and sinks
- Near washing machines
- Near sump pumps and water heaters