Plumbing is among the household maintenance processes which typically requires professional help. Unless you have some plumbing experience, spotting leaks in the pipes and fixing them can prove to be a daunting task. Worse, attempting to fix the plumbing yourself can cause more harm than good, and could cause even greater repair expenses.

The good news is that costly repair and maintenance can be avoided as long as you spot leaks in the plumbing early on, thereby allowing you to have repair done right away. But how do you spot leaks in the pipes, especially if you do not know what you are looking for or if the pipes are not immediately accessible? This is where water leak detectors come in.

In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about the benefits of water leak detectors?

What is a water leak detector?

A water leak detector is an integrated system installed in buildings in order to detect even small leaks. Water leak detectors can either be analog or digital, although digital ones are more popular nowadays. Digital water leak detectors can detect multiple leaks over a complex network and can remotely send notifications.  This is a great leap as compared to analog water leak detectors that emit an alarm and, as such, require the building owner to be in the vicinity just to hear the same. Further, some more advanced models of digital water leak detectors can even automatically shut off the water supply when a leak is detected.

How do water leak detectors work?

Digital water leak detection systems are equipped with multiple moisture and/or leak sensors. Such sensors are battery-operated, and they can be installed near areas where water damage is more likely, as in the case sump pumps, water pipes, or other water storage facilities. More advanced models of water leak detectors can be configurated so that it triggers an alert only when a certain amount of water is detected. Hence, homeowners do not get notification of water leaks unless the same can be potentially damaging. Hence, it excludes the eventuality of minor spills and such other occasional mishaps. In addition, digital water leak detectors can also monitor fluctuations in temperature, so any sudden change in the temperature can trigger an alert.

Modern water leak detectors can typically be integrated into the home system, along with the thermostat and motion sensors. Hence, homeowners can monitor and control water leak detectors remotely through the application.

What are the advantages of water leak detectors?

If you have never installed a water leak detector in your home, you probably see no need to do so at this point. After all, if you never needed it before, why would you need it now? However, there are certain benefits to a water leak detector in your home that are worth considering. These advantages are as follows:

  1. They are easy to install. One of the main reasons you should consider installing a water leak detector is the fact that installing one requires no expertise whatsoever. All you have to do is to pop in the battery in the sensors and place them near areas where water damage is likely. As long as you follow the product manual, you will have no problem installing them. The only time you might need a professional is if you intend to integrate it into your smart home system. Upkeep is also minimal as you only have to change batteries every so often and nothing else.
  2. You can prevent water damage. Leaks tend to not be detected until there is already substantial water damage, mostly owing to the fact that plumbing systems and other water repositories are often installed out of sight. Hence, it is likely that water is already seeping through your walls or already damaging cables without you noticing it. By the time you figure out that there is a leak, you might already need to perform substantial repairs on your pipes and interiors. Water leak detectors specifically combat such eventuality. By detecting leaks early on, you can start patching or replacing pipes, or replacing faulty fixtures. You can also ensure that electric cables are not exposed to leaks, thereby reducing the risk of electrocution or faulty wiring in your own home.
  3. You get to save on your water bill. Leaky pipes, faucets, and other water storage units can drive up your water consumption without you noticing. Installing water leak detectors will apprise you of the location of the leaks, thereby reducing water wastage and allowing you to save on your utility bill.
  4. You get charged lower premiums for home insurance. Insurance companies will be more amenable to extend to you a home insurance with lower premium if you have a water leak detector installed in your home. It operates in pretty much the same way as a fire alarm, to the effect that it demonstrates to the insurance company that you are doing everything necessary in order to protect your property. Showing such level of diligence can get you a discount on the insurance premiums you have to pay to your insurer.
  5. You get real-time alerts. One of the greatest perks of modern water leak detectors is computerized alerts. Hence, even if you are not at home, you can get notifications when there is water leak and you even have the option to shut off the water completely until you get home.

Water leak detectors might not exactly be on the top lists of appliances and home equipment of homeowners, but it is actually a handy tool in maintaining your home (or any building for that matter). They serve as a handy, affordable means of preventing water damage, thereby saving you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in terms of future repair work. To install one, all you have to do is to go to your local hardware and make inquiries as to which particular models will be the best fit for your home, as well as your lifestyle.