Tips to prevent water damage


If the water supply lines on your washing machine fail, it can cause significant damage to your home. If that leak goes undetected because you are away from home, the accumulated water can cause potentially catastrophic damage.

From moldy walls, to damaged, unreplaceable personal belongings to warped floorboards, virtually every surface in your home is exposed to potential water damage. The smart technology in water-sensor systems can help quickly alert homeowners of potential leaks and prevent the need for costly and time-consuming repairs.

Water damage is a common and costly cause of loss in the home. Today, smart home technology is helping consumers manage their personal risks. In addition to potentially mitigating serious damage, water sensors can also help a homeowner avoid the loss of personal possessions and the hassle of coordinating disruptive repairs to their home.

How Do Water Sensors Work?

Water sensors detect the presence of water and, when placed in locations where water should not be present, a leak. When Wi-Fi is enabled, the sensor can send out a notification to the homeowner through a smartphone app. If the homeowner is out of town, family members, friends or other caretakers can be designated to receive notification of a leak, so they can act quickly to help prevent further damage.

Some water-sensor systems can be programmed to shut off the water to the house to help prevent a small leak from becoming a large one. If your home is heated by an older steam-heating system, or if it’s protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system, check with a qualified professional before installing sensor activated water shut-off devices.

Where Should Water Sensors be Placed?

It’s a good idea to place water sensors in areas where water damage inside the home can occur, often without warning.

You might want to install water sensors in areas near:

  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators with ice makers and water dispensers
  • Hot-water heaters
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Furnaces and boilers
  • Fish tanks

Typically, water sensors and their control modules are available at most home improvement stores and online. There are numerous options available. Consider doing some research to determine which options best fit your needs and budget.

Talk with your friends at Apollo Insurance Services at 800.426.1088 to discuss protecting your home, condo or apartment and all your belongings with the proper insurance coverage.