What is the Best Water Alarm?

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Basements can become flooded, water pipes can burst, roofs can leak. It happens often, but you are seldom prepared for it.

Save yourself thousands of dollars of repair work and mold removal with a Water Alarm.

It works the same way as a smoke detector, with several great models available for home or business use.
There are three main types of Water Alarms:

  • Stand Alone Water Alarms
  • Wireless Water Alarms
  • Sump Pump Level Alarms

Here is our review of the top leading stand alone Water Alarms on the market.

Stand Alone Water Alarms

Basement Watchdog

  • Low Cost
  • Easy to Set Up
  • The batteries have about a 6 month life span.
  • The batteries don’t indicate a low charge.
  • Quiet Alarm – 110dB alarm
  • Requires Standing Water to set off alarm

First Alert WA100-3 Water Alarm

  • Low Cost
  • Battery lasts approximately 1 year
  • Does not stand without mounting hardware, screws, mount on wall not floor
  • Hard to replace battery – not designed for replaceable battery
  • Very Quiet alarm – Alarm: 85dB at 10 ft
  • Extended sensor can flip over easily and take longer to notice water

Honeywell Water Defense

  • Medium Cost
  • 4 foot Water Sensitive Cable
  • Low Battery Chirp
  • Attaches to the Wall by Tape
  • Requires a phone jack and cable – sold separately
  • Plastic Blister Packaging
  • Very Quiet Alarm – Alarm: Less than 85dB

The Water Alarm

  • Sets on the Floor Anywhere
  • Low Battery Chirp
  • Picks Up Damp and Standing Water
  • 3 year battery life
  • Loudest Alarm on the Market Alarm: 130dB
  • High Cost

Water Alarm Buyer’s Guide – How To Pick The Perfect Water Alarm

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A home is probably the most expensive investment you will ever make and the items in your home also add to that investment. Some of the items like family heirlooms and photo albums are not replaceable once gone or damaged. It is commonsense to protect your investment using home security alarm systems and fire alarms, but many of us neglect to protect ourselves from the most common type of damage that occurs in the home, water damage.

When shopping for a water alarm or water leak detector there are 5 very important criteria to consider:
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What is a Water Sensor?

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We Use Smoke Detectors and CO2 Detectors, but What is a Water Detector?

Water Sensors and water detectors come in a wide variety. Just as a fire can be dangerous to yourself, your home, and your business, water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage! Gizmode Water Alarms are top-of-the-line moisture detectors that sit on any surface, the second moisture reaches one of the 4 sensor prongs the Water Alarm emits a 110dB alarm. We’ve even got a 130bB Water Screamer, if you need a water alarm in a seldom visited area, like a storage shed or basement.
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Winter Time and Home Floods

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Winter can be a dangerous time for the homeowner that doesn’t take precautions to prevent home flooding and damage.  There are a number of ways that you can protect your home and reduce the possibility of costly flooding and damage to your home and possessions.

These tips include:
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How a Simple Flood Can Ruin Your Home

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Flooding and water damage are a huge nightmare for homeowners to deal with.  Even a very minor water leak or pipe breakage can cause extensive damage to your home and cause you to lose precious belongings and memories, as well the costs required to fix such problems after they have occurred.

There are many ways that even a minor leak can cause major problems, including:

  • It can happen at night – if a pipe begins leaking or breaks during the night while you are sleeping, it can cause extensive damage.  Sometimes an hour or two of leaking is all it takes to cause great damage to your home and possessions.  Now imagine the damage that can occur if it goes undetected for an entire 8 or 10 hour sleeping period.
  • It can happen in walls – pipes that leak or break inside a wall are some of the most costly and damaging ones to deal with.  Depending on the size of the leak, it could be months or even years before the problem is detected.  During this time, the water is going down through the walls and is soaking into the wood and insulation inside.  This can lead to structural damage and weakness if not detected quickly.  This can also lead to electrical damage if the water gets into wiring that was damaged or not insulated properly.  Wall flooding is an extremely dangerous and costly issue for a homeowner to deal with.
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What To Do After a Major House Flood

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Over the last two years, floods have damaged homes and businesses in all 50 states. The total cost for flood damage in the U.S. now stands at over $1 billion each year. While enduring a major flood is traumatic, dealing with the aftermath is equally as harrowing. Even minor flooding of a few inches can cause severe damage taking months to repair. A systematic approach can help homeowners wade through the murky aftermath of a house flood.

Insurance and Other Assistance

  • Insurance. One of the first things you should do after a flood is contact your insurance company to see if your policy covers the damage. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flood damage, so flood insurance is a wise investment, even if you’ve taken measures to prevent flood damage.

Note: Document damage by making a list, taking photos, or using videotape as you begin cleaning your home. Besides needing the records for insurance claims, you can also use the information when applying for disaster assistance and income tax deductions.
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Water Leak Prevention Options

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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 if you are interested in this article you have experienced a water leak.  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 one such disaster that can be prevented, and there are some simple and affordable prevention options.

There are many reasons to protect your home from water damage.  Hardwood floors tend to be a major issue if you experience water damage.  In most cases the floor will need to be removed and replaced; this is also true for carpet.  In some instances water leaks are not covered by home insurance policies, and almost always flood damage is not.  However cleaning up a water leak and paying for the bill to restore the damage done isn’t the most heart wrenching issue of a water leak, it’s the loss of those irreplaceable family photo’s and heirlooms.
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Choosing a Flood Repair Company

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In the unfortunate event that your home or business has suffered from a flood, it is important to choose the right company to properly restore your property. Below are some tips and things to consider when selecting a flood repair company.

  • If you have insurance that covers flood damage, make sure that a company absolutely accepts your insurance provider. Flood repair can be expensive, and you don’t want to be stuck footing the entire bill over a miscommunication about insurance issues.
  • Compare prices with services provided. A particular company may say they charge less, but they may also provide less. It is important to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Even if you have insurance, you may have to pay part of the costs yourself, and you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best possible service either way.
  • Do they have a long, solid history in the business? Experience does count for something, and can certainly ensure fewer mistakes. It is all right to ask for years in the business and previous customer references.
  • Is their work guaranteed? Some companies guarantee their work, while others do not. A guarantee offers peace of mind, in the event that you have problems with your homes flood repairs down the road. However, keep in mind that just because a company offers a guarantee doesn’t mean they are the best choice. It is important to consider not only the guarantee, but the company’s overall reputation as well.
  • How long will they take, and how soon can they start? A company may have the reputation for being the best, but that’s little help to you if they can’t get started within a reasonable time period. You need to consider all the factors, and the longest you are willing to wait before the job is completed. It’s always worth asking if the company will guarantee completion by a certain date. If you have a time line in writing, the company may be more motivated to get the job done sooner.

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Water Detection for Home Fish Tanks

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Water Leak Detection Device

Water Detection for Your Home Fish Tanks

Protect your home fish tanks from possible overflow with our water level indicator, protect your floors and your fish. The Water Alarm system sets easily into your water tank; the second water touches the sensor The Water Alarm will alert you to the rising water level. This system can also be combined with our wireless water alarm system, so no matter where in your home you keep your aquarium, you will alerted and protected from expensive water damage!

Water Alarm Can Fit in Your Aquarium Housing

Get notified the second there is a leak from your home fish tank tubing, glass seals, leaking fish tank filters, or any number of other reasons your fish tank may spring a leak! The Water Alarm can sit anywhere near your aquarium and the second water touches the sensor prongs, you will be alerted! Read this post

Fix a Leak Week and Water Leak Detection

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The 2012 Fix a Leak Week recently ended, and in case you missed it, you can find all of the highlights here. Fix a Leak Week is celebrated in March each year with the goal of reminding Americans to check for and repair leaks in their homes. According to a study conducted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), leaks make up about 14% of all indoor water use 1. Water Leak Detection:

Some leaks around the home and office are easily noticed: running toilets, dripping faucets, and leaky water dispensers. However, some leaks occur in less visible locations such as under sinks, behind washing machines, or from water heaters tucked away in closets. An efficient way to detect leaks in these less noticeable areas is with the use of a water alarm.
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