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Water Detection Devices
A water detection device a simple electronic monitor that will notify you if the moisture level in your home rises above a certain point. Basic models will make a sound an alarm to let you know that you are in danger of flooding. More advanced models will send a notification to your phone to let you know your home is flooding so even if you are away you won’t be caught off guard by a flood. This is a simple and cheap way to give yourself a lot more peace of mind about potential flooding within your home. Even if a flood does start, you will be able to get on top of it quickly and prevent it from causing too much damage.
Install A Sump Pump
If you don’t have a sump pump, getting one would be a great investment. Most people keep their sump pumps in their basement or crawlspace. They are used to pump water out of your home if a flood occurs. They can be very helpful because they allow you to immediately begin removing water from your home after a flood. This is a huge benefit because water damage is all about time. The longer the water sits in your home, the worse the damage will be. Have a sump pump can give you peace of mind that even in a bad flood, you will be able to mitigate many of its effects by using a sump pump.
Appliances With Built-In Flood Prevention
This may cost you a few extra dollars on the initial purpose, but the amount of money you can save if an appliance with built-in flood prevention is able to prevent a flood is huge. Two appliances that are very helpful to have this for are: dishwashers and washing machines. Both use a lot of water so if one of them malfunctions you could be in big trouble. If they have built-in flood prevention and malfunction, however, you should still be in the clear.
Automated Water Meter Readings
Most people only check their water meter output every month when they get their water bill. Regularly checking your water meter more than once a month, though, is a great way to catch leaks early to prevent them from turning into a serious problem. In some places and with some water companies you can actually hook your water meter readings up to the internet. That way, you will be able to access your water meter anytime. If you see any big spikes in water usage that seem out of place, that could be an indication that you have a leak somewhere in your home.