If you’re like most homeowners, you already have several alarms in your home – a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide detector, a burglar alarm and of course, the hated alarm clock. All these alarms help alert you to potentially dangerous or otherwise unsatisfactory conditions.
But what do you do in the case of flooding? Do you have analert system to clue you in when the water level in the basement gets too high? Rather than waiting to discover this problem on your own, risking serious possible damage, a water alarm can help you respond to flooding conditions quickly.
There are several potential sources of flooding around your home, such as:
Any of these can malfunction, break, become clogged, leak or otherwise break down and cause a potential flood in your home. Frequently, this water collects in the basement, where you may not even realize it is a problem until it is too late.
In addition to your own home turning on you, there is always the possibility of heavy rainfall or other precipitation leaking into your home, potentially causing a flood. No matter where the flood comes from, the result is the same: damage to your home and possessions, costing you a lot of money to repair—at least, for anything that actually can be repaired.
As the name implies, a water alarm is a device that monitors moisture levels and emits an audible alert signal when it detects higher than usual levels. By installing an alarm in areas where flooding is possible, such as in the basement or near your water heater, you’ll be aware of rising water levels before any damage even occurs.
For an added layer of protection, some water alarms can also be connected directly to your plumbing. This enables the alarm to turn off the master valve on your main water line, which turns off the water to your home, thereby preventing further flooding. Of course, this feature won’t help if the source of the flooding is outside, like in a torrential downpour, but it is a big help for regular household floods.
You may be able to install a water alarm yourself, if you are a savvy homeowner. For models that connect to the water system, however, professional installation is recommended. Whatever you choose, know this is a great way to protect your home against the kind of catastrophic damage you have nightmares about whenever the rain picks up.
It is easy to forget about maintaining your heating system. It is out of sight and out of mind for the most part, so until you need it, you may even forget it’s there. Maintenance is very important, though, so below are some reminders as to why you should keep your heater in good shape:
You can see now that heating maintenance is important. Whether you have been putting it off or simply forgot about it, take charge now. Call a professional and get an inspection done on your heating system. Then, set up a maintenance schedule with reminders so it doesn’t fall by the way side.
Your planet, your family and your wallet will all thank you for it.