Consider These Water Leak Prevention Options

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Thursday, February 23, 2012 | 1:07 AM

By Chris Scarborough

Those who have experienced the pain of a water leak in the past know the headache and hassle of trying to clean up the mess, let alone worry about the expensive repairs. Most likely, you have experienced a water leak if you were interested in this article. Unfortunately in our society we usually need to experience a disaster before we will take the means to implement prevention measures for such disasters. A water leak is a disaster that you can try to prevent and there are prevention options which are simple as well as affordable. There are plenty of reasons why you should protect your home from water damage. Hardwood floors tend to be a major issue if you experience water damage. There are a lot of cases where the floor will need to be removed and replaced and the same is also true for carpet. There are instances where water leaks are not covered by home insurance policies, and almost always flood damage is not. But the most heart wrenching issue of a water leak is cleaning up a water leak and paying for the bill in order to restore the damage.

While there are some articles out there about different types of water leak prevention options, keep reading to learn a quick and easy to understand summary of the different options.

Simple Leak Detector

A device that is place in an area of your home where you think water damage could occur, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or washing machine room is what this refers to. The device has sensors that will detect water or moisture and sound a loud alarm to notify you of a potential problem. The device does not stop the leak, you must do it manually. Cost ranges usually from $15-99 per unit.

All about appliance specific leak detector and auto-shutoff

This is a device that is directly attached to the water supply of a appliance such as a washing machine, fridge, icemaker, water heater, etc. The device may sound an alarm when a leak is detected or it may not. Automatically, the device will shut off the water supply to that specific unit. Take for example if you have a water heater unit and your water heater leaks it will turn off the water supply to the water heater, all other appliances will still work such as your fridge, washing machine, etc. This would usually cost between $99-$399 per unit.

Tips about complete detection and auto-shutoff system

A complete wired or wireless leak detections system for your entire house is what this refers to. Water sensors are placed throughout the house in every room or key locations. The sensor will turn off the main water supply to your entire house when it detects a leak. Built in notification systems to page you or contact your home security service provider if you have one are what some units may have. The cost would usually be between $199-$999.

Remember, these are all good options and they have their pros and cons. You can get a complete system up to $999 or get protection for as little as $20-40.

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