There are lots of gadgets and devices available that can help reduce the chance of water damage in your home.
Some gadgets lessen the probability of a water problem from developing to begin with. Other gadgets quickly alert you to a problem which can help to lessen its severity. This is not an exhaustive list of what’s available but just a few ideas to get you started.
- Reinforced hoses
- Pressure-testing gauge
- Water detectors
- Water shut-off valves and sensor/shut-off devices
Washing Machines, Dishwashers and Reinforced Hoses
A washing machine does not have to be in operation to leak or have a hose burst. Most of the worst washer-related home damage happens when hoses break. It’s important to regularly inspect both the hot and cold water supply hoses for kinks, cracks, blisters or bulging and to replace them when they show any signs of wear.
Before changing hoses:
- Unplug the machine’s power cord or turn off the electrical breaker
- Make sure water to the appliance is turned off.
After changing hoses:
- Check to make sure all connections are tight and dry.
- Turn the power and water back on.
Pressure Testing Gauge
This is one of the major causes of leaks and burst pipes in a home is stress and strain from water pressure that is set too high. When this is the case, hoses, pipes and water lines can crack under pressure and create leaks or gushes that could cause thousands of dollars in damage.
Most water sensors are inexpensive. Battery-powered sensors can be placed on pumps. Floor sensors can be placed near plumbing or appliances that may leak. You don’t need any tools, and installation is often simple.
Water Shut-off Valves and Sensor/Shut-off Devices
Water shut-off valves are available as manual, automatic or a combination of both.
Installing a manual shut-off valve on the water supply to your washing machine is inexpensive insurance. It’s about as basic as can be: a valve, lever or handle that lets you shut off the water to your washer when it’s not in use. This reduces continuous pressure on washer hoses that over time could cause them to burst. Try to make it a habit to shut off the water to your washer any time you’re not using it. And always shut it off when you leave for a weekend or longer so a hose burst does not go undetected for days or weeks.
Some of these systems are available only through professional installers, others at plumbing supply stores, online retailers and a few at hardware or home improvement stores. Here are just a few online retailers.
- First Detection
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