It happens.  You’re a homeowner, and sometimes things break. Unfortunately, any small crack in a frozen pipe or leak in your water heater, if left untreated will likely become a bigger problem. You want to be able to go to work or go on vacation with the peace of mind knowing your home is safe from damage. It's key to have a plan of action in place and the right equipment in order to save you and your family from headaches and an empty wallet.  

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), reported over 59,000 floods in the U.S. in 2016.  That number more than doubled from 2015.  Natural disasters are out of your control, but there are systems available to notify you when you're home is at risk before it's too late. Floods in your home can be caused by issues with a variety of appliances, plumbing and other home items including the following:

-       Frozen Pipes

-       Leaking Pipes

-       Leaky Roof

-       Broken washing machine hose

-       Plumbing problems

-       Insulation issues

Home security systems not only protect your home from intruders, but water detection and low-temperature add-ons are ideal for giving you awareness for potential water hazards.  These additions are low cost and installed behind a refrigerator, sink, or in the basement. Are you still not sure you need to upgrade your security system?  Here are some reasons why adding a water sensor along with a low-temperature sensor will save you time, money, and your sanity.

Water sensors catch the small leaks

You could be losing hundreds of dollars in wasted water with a minute hole in your plumbing. Over 250 gallons of water can be released a day due to a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe.  Put your magnifying glass and flashlight away. That leak is coming from somewhere, and these slow leaks cause rotting floors, crumbling walls, and more. 

Small leaks also have the tendency to build mold within your home which can lead to health problems.  Most of the time, something minor will go unnoticed for an extended period of time.  Mold can cause health problems for your family, and if you ever want to remodel your home, it can be extremely expensive to remove. It is a nuisance that you can prevent by installing a water sensor that will sense condensation near wet areas. 

Advanced water sensor technology along with state of the art security devices made by companies like Honeywell can be installed and measured by companies like Specialty Alarm Engineering. These systems offer e-mail and text alerts to give you the opportunity to take action before the problem escalates. This small investment is minimal in comparison to the walls, floors, and appliances that would need replaced after a flood. Keeping these sensors near your appliances and plumbing that leak let you know if you’re getting closer to the problem. 

Stop water leaks before it’s too late

That tropical vacation planned this winter is where you will finally get that peace of mind you’ve been waiting for all year long.  What will leave you at ease, even more, is knowing that the water sensor you installed in your basement will stop any leak as soon as they happen? Place one by your water heater, under every sink, by your clothes and dishwashers and behind the toilet for total protection. When used in conjunction with an electronic water shutoff valve, it can automatically stop a water leak as it happens.

Living in an apartment or townhouse with adjoining units can leave you in the dark.  Your quiet neighbor could be experiencing a leak.  The last thing on their mind is informing you that they are in trouble.  They are probably scrambling to find a solution to their flood, without thinking twice about your potential equally hazardous situation.

Instead of coming home to a flooded house, the leak would be taken care of leaving you with memories of Mai Tai’s on the beach. Nothing is worse than coming back home from the office or vacation knowing that the next phone call you have to make is to the insurance company. If a pipe bursts in your basement, let the leak sensor be your watch dog with instant alerts on your smartphone or tablet.  Almost 40 percent of all homeowners have said that they have experienced loss from water damage.  The statistics are staggering when it comes to how common it is for a home to flood.  Small oversights tend to lead to costly repairs.

Turn up the heat

In the cold winter months, one of the biggest causes of floods is frozen pipes. If your pipes aren’t heated properly they’re likely to burst. This is especially common when traveling during the winter months because many vacationers turn their heat off when they leave without being fully aware of the damage that can do. Installing a water sensor along with a low-temperature sensor can be extremely helpful. Don’t let your old pipes burst causing you to end your beach vacation early. Enjoy your mojitos in peace with the assistance of Specialty Alarm Engineering.

Not only will the sensor inform you when a leak is present, but it will also alert you when there is excess moisture on the outside of your pipes. This alert also has the ability to automatically turn on your water heater when the temperature drops below 45 degrees. Technology continues to improve on the smallest things, and it's important for your home to be up-to-date.

These sensors are a tremendous asset when you’re away from home, even if you’re just at the office. It gets icy in the Midwest. Floods are common in Glenview, Northbrook, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, and Glencoe. Gain peace of mind and protect your home and wallet from major repairs.

Over 90 percent of floods are preventable according to FEMA. With a small investment, you not only protect your home from intruders but leaks, frozen pipes, and costly floods. Contact Specialty Alarm Engineering to get a water sensor installed in your home today.