(PRWEB) April 28, 2012
Water is the leading cause of damage to homes in North America, whether it’s caused by flash floods, swollen rivers, by leaking water heaters or burst pipes. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, the average annual U.S. flood losses from 2001-2010 were more than $2.7 billion. Depending on the type of insurance you have and the type of flooding, your home insurance may not cover any damage. As well, if the damage happens when you’re away, your insurance policy may deny any claims if you didn’t have anyone checking on your property on a regular basis.
Another option is to add a water sensor to your monitored alarm system. This low cost device can be placed in vulnerable areas, such as near water heaters, washing machines or floor drains to detect the initial presence of water. When that happens, it sends an alert to your monitoring centre.
“Having a water sensor in your home can often mean the difference between minor damage and several thousand dollars worth of damage,” says Leanne Woodhouse, General Manager of Marketing and Dealer Relations at SecurTek. “With the monitored sensor, we can alert homeowners early enough that they can stop the water leak or turn off the water supply before significant damage occurs.”
Another device that can prevent costly water damage is a low temperature sensor. Tied into your alarm system, it detects if the temperature in your home drops to a level that pipes can start freezing. Homeowners are notified so they can take action before the pipes burst causing significant damage.
Other things you can do to protect your home include putting weather protection sealant around basement windows and at the base of ground level doors and installing the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your residence to ensure water moves away from the building. Sump pumps and zero reverse flow valves in basement floor drains are also critical in homes in vulnerable flood areas.
For more information on these devices to protect your home, contact SecurTek at 1-877-777-7590 or online at http://www.securtek.com.