One of the most important aspects of home ownership is reducing the potential for water leaks and ﬂooding in the home. Whether it comes from failed sump pumps, a leaking water heater, frozen pipes, worn out appliances, or cracked foundations, water can cause major and expensive damage.
There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent leaks from happening in the ﬁrst place. For starters, common steps you can take are as follows:
- Routinely clean your gutters to help prevent water from collecting around your home’s foundation.
- Periodically replace hoses, such as those connecting to washing machines and the ice maker in your fridge.
- If possible, make changes to the grade of your yard so rainwater drains away from the house.
- Have your HVAC system, water heater and other appliances periodically inspected by a professional.
- Keep tabs on the large trees in your yard, since roots can damage a home’s foundation.
- Check for condensation and corrosion on your pipes to locate potential plumbing problems.
- You can minimize potential water damage and maintain a healthy home by installing water leak detectors throughout your house.
For additional protection against water leaks, try using an AcuRite Water Leak Detector. Our devices will sound an alarm the moment liquid is detected, so you have a chance to take action and prevent basement ﬂooding. Check out our specific use cases below for more information:
Leak Detection for Sump Pump Failure and Overflow
Install an AcuRite Water Detector inside your sump pump well can provide early warning that your sump pump has failed in a heavy storm and you are in danger of taking on water in your basement. Simply position the water detector above the sump pump’s water line. When water rises above the normal level in the well, an alarm will sound to alert you to the issue.
Position Water Detectors on Basement and Attic Floors
An AcuRite Water Detector can be strategically placed near potential leak sources in your home’s foundation, chimney, skylight or roof to get notified when liquid is detected. With proper placement in problem areas, it can also sense leaks from appliances like your water heater.
Use Water Detectors Around Sinks, Tubs and Showers
Spaces beneath or around sinks, tubs, and showers may be susceptible to water leaks. An AcuRite Water Detector can provide pipe leak detection and some peace of mind.
Leak Detection for Washing Machines, Leaking Water Heaters and Other
Having a washing machine or water heater leaking is bad enough. If it dumps a large amount of water in your home or the hose comes loose, that could be catastrophic. A Water Detector can alert you to minor problems before they become major ones.
Use Water Detectors Around Spas and Pools
Spaces beneath or around pools and spas may be susceptible to water leaks. An AcuRite Water Detector can help you protect your patio, deck or other sensitive areas by monitoring for liquid underneath a pump, heater assembly or valves.
Water Detectors Can Help Monitor Pipes that are Exposed to Outdoor Conditions
Outdoor pipes are particularly vulnerable to leaks, since they are exposed to the elements. Freezing conditions outdoors and in garages can create plumbing problems and cause a pipe to burst. Early water leak detection can help prevent damage to a home’s foundation.
Pair with AcuRite Access™ and the My AcuRite app to receive custom email and phone alerts for water leak detection while you are away – so you can monitor home conditions online and stay one step ahead of water problems.