Moisture Detection Alarms
What Are Moisture Detection Alarms?
As technology continues to develop, property owners are seeing more options to look after their property. One of the more recent developments has led to “smart” moisture detection alarms that can detect the presence of water. Property owners can be notified via sound or though smart phone applications which is especially beneficial for monitoring from a far – work, vacation, or whenever you’re not home.
Where are they installed?
Moisture detection alarms are often placed in areas of high risk, such as utility rooms, basements, laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. The goal is to set the alarm near the appliance that may have an issue – washing machine, sinks, dishwashers, toilets, bathtubs, and showers. However, the alarms need to be place in locations that will avoid false alarms from the occasional accidental splash.
Pros of Moisture Detection Alarms
- Early detection of moisture accumulation and/or leak detection
- Relatively inexpensive compared to the expense of potential water and mold damage
- Monitoring capabilities from afar
- Avoid “out of sight, out of mind” mentality, especially in infrequently used rooms
- Ability to connect multiple to one account
Cons of Moisture Detection Alarms
- False alarms can lead to complacency or removal
- Coverage only in areas where alarms are set – pipes run throughout properties, usually alarms only cover the highest risk areas
- Potentially another subscription to manage and pay for
- Some models rely either on power or battery, which maintenance will need to be required
- Some models do not have the ability to shut off the water supply
In conclusion, moisture detection alarms are a great idea for property owners. The less time that water can spread through your property, the less damage that can occur. They are not fool proof and won’t necessarily be able to stop the issue, but early detection is always critical in minimizing expense. Avoid complacency with well placed alarms and make sure to maintain them to operate at full capacity. If your alarm has gone off and the water damage is more than you can handle via a DIY approach, Service Restoration has crews available 24/7 for immediate help.
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