If you’re getting ready to buy a new home, you hope that the house’s basement isn’t susceptible to water seeping in or flooding. The truth is though, that with the weather patterns of late, sometimes homes that have never experienced basement water are experiencing fluke flooding. When a basement floods, the average insurance claim is $15,000!
And while insurance will usually cover these losses, you still have a deductible to pay and also, you have to worry about the items that can’t be replaces! You can prevent extensive damage to your belongings and cherished items by investing in a water sensor and alarm. This is absolutely not a major investment. These alarms cost less than $15!
Types of Basement Water Alarms and Sensors
There are many different brands of sensors and alarms that can detect water in the basement very early. One brand that comes highly recommended is the Basement Watchdog Water Sensor & Alarm. You can put it right on the floor. It’s powered by a 9V battery that lasts up to five years. It has a 110 dB alarm that will alert you to water in your basement. This will give you extra time to save your belongings and often even time to get help! It’s perfect for events of unexpected flooding or during times when floor drains or sump pumps or sump wells fail. It’s cheap enough that you can place several in various spots in your new basement.
While you get to know your new home, these alarms also provide a little extra peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to check the basement regularly in the beginning just to make sure that the basement really is free of water risks.
Now, if you want an even more effective alarm, you could get a smart alarm! The iHome iSB02 Battery Powered WI-FI Dual Leak Sensor will actually email you or notify your smartphone if there’s ever water in the basement. It connects to you WiFi and only costs around $30.
Reasons Basements Flood
There are plenty of causes of water in basements. Sometimes even small foundation cracks can let water through. Sometimes, you’ll experience sill plate leaks. In basements with sump pumps, sometimes a a sump pump will fail, especially if it’s not been inspected yearly. You can also get leaks from frozen hose bibbs or a sewer line back-up.
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