3 Tips For Choosing A Leak Detection System

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Detecting leaks in your home when they are minor can prevent a significant weather event from leaving inches of water in your basement or a dripping pipe from turning into mold threat. When you are in the market for a water leak detection system, knowing what to look for can ensure your system works to your advantage.

Detect Water And Humidity

You expect your leak detection system to detect the presence of water, but it may not detect humidity. It may take a significant amount of water near the sensor before water is detected, but small amounts of water can contribute to noticeable changes in humidity. Make sure you select a system capable of detecting changes in humidity that are abnormal for your home. Not only does this signify something may be leaking, but it can also identify problems with your HVAC system or structural problems that allows the interior humidity levels to rise. Even without a leak, increased humidity inside your home can cause mold problems and eventually damage building materials, carpet, and furniture inside your home.

Intermittent Remote Updates

Many systems utilize technology, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to send you information about moisture to your mobile device. This is ideal because you want peace of mind even if you are away from home. One potential disadvantage is if your system constantly sends information. This significantly shortens the battery life. Since you likely need to install sensors in hard-to-reach locations, you want to choose a system with long-lasting batteries. Choose a system that only sends information to you if a problem occurs or if you specifically request an update about moisture levels in certain locations of your home.

Save Data Remotely

Some systems automatically save chunks of information to the cloud for you to review later. This is useful because important details about moisture in your home are not saved on-site, so they can be retrieved if flooding or a problem with your sensor occurs. Additionally, you want your system to make it easy to review saved data. Although your sensor may not detect a problem, reviewing patterns of moisture in different areas of your home may reveal changes.

For example, if you have been recording moisture levels in your basement for several years and have noticed they are increasing, but are within a normal range, you may want to consider if there are any structural changes occurring. It may be time to make repairs for better moisture control, before your moisture levels increase outside the acceptable range.

Identifying moisture problems within your residence is not easy, but having the right leak detection system can help. By choosing advanced features you can protect your property and feel secure knowing you can catch problems before they turn into a disaster.

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