Best Water Alarm Buyer's Guide

Two types of alarms
for
Two types of water sources:

1. A "flow" which CAN be turned off with an automatic shut off valve

2. And a "flood" which CAN'T be turned off, just mitigated with early detection.



Alarms without Automatic Shut Off Valve


By Honeywell

First off, this model makes the best water alarm list because of the HONEYWELL name.

Then, when you choose this as your best water alarm, you also get a temperature, and freeze alarm, to boot.

And finally, the cable that comes with the alarm can be extended with the purchase of additional cables.

I especially like this because the flexible cable IS the sensor. How great to simultaneously monitor your dishwasher and your kitchen sink, and maybe even your icemaker all with one alarm.

As always be sure to read the product description and customer reviews carefully, so you understand what you are getting.




The Gizmode

These you set like a mouse trap. Battery operated, so place it wherever you like.

This is my choice by the sump pump or water heater or interior AC unit

or right next to the kids vaporizer on their bedroom floor during cold season,

or along the base board of that exterior wall that gets an ice dam every winter.

How about Grandma's commode or Grandpa's spittoon?

Anybody still sleep on a water bed? With a wood floor

this needs to be under the water bed, for sure.

Honestly, they make my best water alarm list because they are so affordable.



Sensaphone WEB800
Remote
Whole House Security System

Here's a wireless and customizable component system that is a web-based remote detection system, without monthly fees.

It can be programmed to monitor:

- smoke, motion, temperature,
carbon monoxide, power outages, humidity,
AND WATER!

Or only water.

It is totally up to you. "Web-based" means no land line is necessary.




Landlords and Property Managers...

My recommendation is to make the investment in alarms and write them into your contracts just as you would a smoke alarm.

If you disagree, then why not offer incentives for your renters? A few bucks off rent per each working water alarm

could save you thousands.

The reality is if the top unit has a water leak, so does every unit below it.

And those units have ceilings affected, not just floors. Ideally, we want a water alarm in place as insurance.

And what's the best insurance? (Just like a best water alarm...)

It's the insurance you never need!

Soooo...

Inspect your plumbing, and hire a pro, if need be.

Update your plumbing, and hire a pro, if need be.

Purchase safeguards like the dishwasher leak pan and the indestructable washing machine hoses.

A note to renters...

If your landlord, for whatever reason, does not see the wisdom in water alarms, don't wait for him to change his or her mind.

That will happen after the damage is done, the property is lost,

AND SO IS YOUR DEPOSIT, and SAVINGS IN LEGAL FEES.

I know it's not your property, but at least protect yourself with the best water alarm you can afford.

They are better than nothing, right?

These are only alarms. They DO NOT turn off the water, which really is the best water alarm for when you are not home.



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