How a Water Leak Detector Works and What to Do When It Finds a Leak

diagram-146967394Every homeowner should really have at least one water leak detector in their house. It’s one of the unsung heroes of home disasters – when there’s a leak that could lead to a flood, do you want to deal with the costly damages or be able to thank a water sensor? These fantastic inventions are simple but highly effective – which is what home automation is all about: keeping your home safe and secure in a way that’s as automated as possible so that you don’t have to stress about it. This page will tell you a bit more about how water leaks work and how you should respond to their warning.

How It Works

  • Detects Leaks – Yes, the water leak detector does exactly what its name suggests. The importance of this key feature is that it can warn you BEFORE flooding happens. If a high pressured water heater has a leak, it could bust at any moment, resulting in disastrous consequences for your home and property. But with a water leak detector, you can know that there’s something that needs to be fixed right away before it leads to trouble. Some will actually respond by shutting off the water supply that feeds the leaky water source, so that you are forced to take care of the issue with urgency. And most are able to detect the leak early on, saving you precious minutes or hours of time to fix it.
  • Easy Installation – Most water leak detector descriptions boast an easy installation, including no need for a plumber. So really, all you have to pay for is the detector itself.
  • Battery Operated – Most are also battery operated, whether that’s with double AAs or 12 volt DC. Some plug into a telephone jack. That means that if there’s a power outage, they’ll still be able to help you out.
  • Operating Temperature – Because water leaks can happen in pipes full of cold water in the winter or steamy water from the water heater, a good water leak detector will be able to operate in a wide range of temperatures. Ideally, you’ll want ones that can operate as low as 32 degrees and as high as 100.
  • Alarm – The most significant aspect, the alarm is what warns you of the problem. Usually they will go off with a bang and you’ll hear them quite well.
  • Expandable Cables – Because water leaks can come from hard to reach places, most will come with good cable wire so they can be placed wherever necessary. In addition, some have extra length of detection cabling so that there is more ground covered for leak detection.

What To Do When a Leak is Detected

Man sitting in flooded living room using phone, low section 73271468When your water leak detector finds a problem, there are a few very important steps to take care of.

  1.  Investigate the Leak. Knowing how bad the problem is will tell you with what urgency you need to get it taken care of.
  2. Call a Professional. No matter how bad or not so bad the leak appears, do not try to patch it yourself. What with the high pressure that pipes and water heaters are under, without professional help, chances are pretty good that something will burst, causing flooding and damages.
  3. Remove Valuables. Really, remove any furniture, valuables, anything that is freestanding nearby except for the source of the leak. That way, if the worst happens, there isn’t going to be debris floating around and you will have fewer things to try to repair or replace.
  4. Ventilate and Clean. If there is already flooding, call a professional service IMMEDIATELY and ventilate the room where possible. Also, remove any debris that you can.
  5. Clear the Area. Do what it takes to keep the area secure. Don’t allow children or pets to get near the leak or flood; only trained professionals with the proper equipment and protective clothing should be allowed access.

Few people realize just how destructive a flood can be for their property until they experience it. But a water leak detector can save you the trouble by warning you beforehand. Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your home from flood damage.