Having a water alarm installed in your home can potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Water alarms have many benefits. Since they are relatively inexpensive, it's a good idea for any homeowner to install one, even if it's just a simple passive system. Here are a few of the advantages of having a water alarm in your home.
1. Mold and Mildew
It's not uncommon to find minor mold and mildew problems in high moisture areas. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are all susceptible. Mold can lead to health problems, and mildew can cause odors that are hard to control. Most often these problems go unnoticed for some time. By the time mold is found, controlling the problem can cost a lot of money, including remodeling. A simple water alarm can alert you to higher than normal moisture. This excess moisture can lead to mold and mildew build up in areas that aren't easy to see. A passive water alarm system can be used to detect this, and alert you to the higher moisture levels before they become a major headache. A passive system is simple to use. They only require a 9-volt battery, and can be placed directly on the floor.
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. You may also be faced with needing to replace the appliance if the leaking water damages the internal workings. Instead of spending thousands in these costly repairs, a water alarm can be installed on to the appliance. If a leak occurs, the water alarm will make an audible noise to alert you, and can shut off the water supply until you can attend to the repair. These types of water alarms are usually less than $200 to install. You can find active water alarms for your entire water system, or individual appliances such as dishwashers, ice-makers, freezers, washers and water heaters.
3. Frozen Pipes
A burst pipe can be a nightmare for any homeowner. There are water alarms available that will not only alert you to excess moisture, but can actually automatically turn on pipe heaters when the temperature drops below a certain level. This is a tremendous asset for any home that is not constantly occupied. These types of water alarms are more expensive to have installed, and will require a professional, but can be well worth the money in the long run.
Most major home improvement stores will carry a wide selection of water alarms. You also don't have to break the bank to install a simple system. The alarms on the simple passive systems are usually loud enough to be heard even when placed in basements or under cabinets. The higher end active systems can be set up to call you on a cell phone and alert you of problems if you are away.