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How to Utilize a Water Sensor or Other Flood Sensors

Flood sensors like a water sensor can save you from having to pay your firstborn child on home repairs after an unprecedented disaster leaves you lost in the wake of a house flood. Flooding is far more of a disaster than many homeowners even know about. Check out some of these statistics:

  • Man sitting in flooded living room using phone, low section 73271468Flood insurance claims approach $4 billion on average every year.
    • Note: Flood damage is not even covered by most homeowners’ insurance.
    • Homes in newly developed areas are more prone to flood risk.
    • 1 to 2 inches of flood water may cause damages amounting in repairs of $10,000 or more.
    • Even those of us who do not live in high risk flood zones are still at some risk of flooding.
    • Every one of the 50 U.S. states has had some flooding over the last 5 years.

Looking at that information, it’s easy to see why water sensors might be of value for homeowners. So how best can you take advantage? Where should you put them in your home to make the most of the purchase of these security devices? There are going to be two important things to pay attention to so that you can best take advantage of flood sensors: location and security system integration.


Location, location, location! Except in this case it’s not with real estate. It’s crucial that you place your water sensors wisely in your home. diagram-146967394Generally speaking you want them out of the way because most water leaks or floods that will cause problems are the ones that you don’t know about because they’re in the basement or behind the water heater. You also want them out of the way so that they’re not being activated and losing sensitivity due to accidental water spills or humidity in the air. Key rooms to place water sensors in are those where the most water runs through. Definitely put one near your water heater. Put one at least in the bathroom that receives the most traffic because of all the water that goes rushing through those pipes every day. The basement’s a good idea because you probably don’t go down there very often and you don’t want to walk down there after two weeks to find six inches of standing water. Any other room that sees a lot of water flow – possibly the kitchen, the laundry room, other bathrooms or half bathrooms – would be a great place to put an extra water leak detector.

Security System Integration

Water sensors can function on their own, but it’s really better for you and for your home if you integrate them into your home security system. You see, the security system will be put together or is already put together to all work together and to contact you the instant there’s trouble brewing somewhere in your home. Simply adding a water sensor or two to the system isn’t going to throw things off; it’ll just be like adding another smoke detector. What’s more is that with it all connected, you’ll be notified the instant there’s trouble brewing in the form of a water leak or puddle somewhere in the house.

To save yourself the potential expense of horrid home security disasters, invest in a few flood sensors and incorporate them into your home security system.