Preventing Water Damage: Hardware


Hardware that can Help

To reduce or prevent damage from plumbing leaks, homeowners should be vigilant and check around the home frequently for signs of leaks, be alert, and take action immediately. Proactive maintenance is also important. But with todayís busy lifestyles, itís impossible to keep watch for signs of trouble 24-hours a day. Fortunately there are water leak detection systems that can help.

Water Alarms
  • These systems are typically battery-operated, stand-alone units. They are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • A moisture sensor is located on the device and will activate an audible alarm when it senses moisture.
  • Water alarms can be placed on the floor or they may be wall mounted.
  • The water alarm should be located in high-risk areas such as under sinks and near appliances and equipment that use water.
  • Water alarms range in cost from $8 to $45.
  • This device is only beneficial if someone is inside the home, hears the alarm, and takes action to stop the leak.
Individual Appliance Systems
  • These systems are installed on a specific appliance and will automatically shut off the water supply in the event of a leak.
  • Depending on the type of device, you may be able to install this system without any special tools. However, in some cases, a qualified plumber may be needed.
  • Individual appliance systems range in cost from $50 to $150.
Whole-house Systems
  • These systems feature a shut-off valve that is installed on the main water supply piping. When a leak is detected, the system will automatically shut off the entire water supply.
  • Some models can be integrated with a local or central station security system.
  • If you travel often, this type of system could offer you additional peace of mind while you are away from home.
  • Whole-house systems typically take between four and six hours to install. They cost between $500 and $1,500 depending on labor rates and the size of the system.