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Leak Detection Systems

September 14th, 2012

It is always a great idea to consider installing a water leak detection system if you are frequently away from your home and would like to keep an eye on water leaks and other trouble spots.

Along with leak detection systems, you can also install individual appliance systems on specific home appliances for double the security and peace of mind.

Active leak detection systems typically generate some type of alarm, in addition to stopping any water flow. They feature a form of shutoff valve that detects a leak occurring. Most devices use moisture sensors to detect a leak. Other systems utilize a flow sensor and a timer to determine that something is leaking and the water needs to be turned off. An active leak detection system can operate an individual appliance or control a whole property.

Passive leak detection systems, also known as water alarms are intended to alert you to a possible water leak. They generally sound an audible alarm tone while others may feature a flashing light.

Passive systems are normally battery-operated, stand-alone units. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Some sit on the floor while others are wall mounted. A moisture sensor is located on the bottom of the unit and activates the alarm when it becomes wet. These battery-operated devices need to be tested regularly, and the batteries should be replaced on a periodic basis.

Individual appliance systems are installed on a specific appliance and will automatically shut off the water supply when a leak is detected. Depending on the type of device you choose, you may be able to install the system on your own without any special tools. However, in some cases, a qualified plumber may be needed.

Whole house systems feature a shutoff valve installed on the main water supply pipe. When the system detects a leak, it automatically shuts off the entire water supply. If you travel often, this type of system is the best choice for you. To install a whole house system a qualified plumber is usually required.

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