This post, How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage, is sponsored by the Delta Faucet Company as part of the #DeltaLeakDetect campaign. Opinions and commentary are my own.
I can’t recall when it happened, but it was quite a few years ago. We had water on the floor of our lower level, in the laundry room. It wasn’t much of a concern that the water was in that particular room, as it has a concrete floor and is decidedly unfinished. But within a couple feet of where the water had appeared, was the wall of my lower level bathroom and the carpet in my family room. And the water kept coming.
Water, while essential for human life, can also be a catalyst for an unhealthy home when it comes into contact with building materials. Left untreated, moisture on walls and floors can cause mold and mildew which can potentially have a negative effect on the air in your home. So not only can it visibly and physically damage the structure, which can cost you thousands of dollars to fix, it may also have an unseen, negative effect on your family’s health.
Potential effects of water leaks in your home:
- Damage to walls, some of which may be structural
- Damage to finishes like cabinets, carpet, and tile
- Growth of mold and other microorganisms
- Damage to furnishings and possessions
Neither is something anyone wants to experience.
But if you have indoor plumbing, you run the risk of having water leak out into places it doesn’t belong. Obviously, the risk is worth the reward. Have you ever used an outhouse? Walking through the cold and elements to expose bare, sensitive skin inside an unheated, drafty room with nothing but the light of the moon to see by is not at all fun. But you can reduce the risk of water damage from indoor plumbing by being proactive in your monitoring of the areas in your home that have the potential to leak. You just have to learn how to protect your home from water damage.
Our laundry room leak ended up being caused by our hot water heater. Apparently, the bottom had been rusting out which was causing dripping water. We hadn’t discovered the problem until a large piece had broken out of the bottom and caused a rush of water to come out, but likely it had been dripping for months. Maybe longer. Thankfully, the well-placed floor drain in our laundry room kept the water away from the adjacent walls and nearby carpet, but it really caused me to think about other areas in our home where water might cause expensive, potentially hazardous damage.
How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage
Water damage in your home can happen anywhere you have pipes with water running through them. Plumbing is only as strong as its joints, and sometimes those connections fail. And, like in the case of our water heater, leaks can happen in other places too.
Where leaks can occur:
- Kitchen sink
- Bathroom sink
- Refrigerator (if water line is present)
- Hot water heater
- Washing machine
- Anywhere water lines are present
Often leaks happen in cabinets, attics, basements, and other areas where we don’t actually see any water until it’s too late – after the damage has already happened. Water has this way of getting into places that you just can’t see. And while there is no fool-proof way to prevent leaks in your home, there is a way to be alerted to leaks before they cause extensive damage. You can learn how to protect your home from water damage.
Delta Water Leak Detector
The Delta Water Leak Detector is a small, wireless device that can help alert you to leaks in your home as they happen. It can be placed just about anywhere and will alert you via text message, email and/or push notification when it detects dripping or pooling water on or around it. Being alerted of a leak as it starts can help save you thousands of dollars in repair costs on your home.
You can have any number of Delta Water Leak Detector devices around your home. They connect to your smartphone wirelessly via Wi-Fi and will send you an alert at the first sign of trouble.
It only takes a couple of minutes to set up the detector. First, you download the app (Google Play or in the App Store) and create a free account. Then you install the 3 included AAA batteries (which should last around two years before needing to be changed). You will need a Philips head screwdriver to access the battery compartment. Once the app is set up and the batteries installed, simply follow the straightforward instructions in the app to set up each unit. The app pairs quickly with the device, and setup from there only takes a few seconds.
You can then place each unit in its respective location. Now you have the peace of mind that you will be alerted to a leak before it does any costly damage to your home.
To show you how the unit works, we did a little test with some water droplets. The video below demonstrates the audible alarm on the unit.
After the audible alert went off, I also received a text message on my phone notifying me of the leak. We did it a few times. It does take a few minutes to reset once you clear the alert from the notifications.
I love the peace of mind this device offers. A few of these strategically placed around our home can potentially save us a ton of money by notifying us of leaks before they become a serious problem.
For more information about how to protect your home from water damage with the Delta Water Leak Detector visit: DeltaFaucet.com.
Enter to win a Delta Water Leak Detector
Would you like to protect your home from leaks?
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Every week in November, Delta will award someone with the peace of mind of their very own Delta Water Leak Detector.