How to Choose the Best Water Leak Prevention System

If you, a friend or a loved one has experienced major water damage, then you know how important it is to ensure you’re protected in the future. A single flooded basement can easily cost thousands of dollars, while a slowly dripping but unnoticed faucet can do just as much damage without you even realizing it.

The point is, investing in water leak prevention makes sense. How should you go about preventing leaks? A water leak prevention system will offer peace of mind and pay for itself the first time it prevents a leak. But does your house need a unified smart home system, or should you focus on maintaining your pipes and appliances? Here, we’ll answer all your questions.

What Are Your Water Leak Prevention Options?

The first thing to bear in mind here is that water leaks come in many forms. You can have a simple pipe burst nearly anywhere, outside or inside your home. Or you might have a tiny drip leak that you may not even notice. Some of these can cause immediate catastrophic damage, others will simply lead to minor damage over time.

Replace Pipes

Replace Pipes

Because these water leaks come from so many places, most solutions only tackle one or two at at a time. For example, if your home is more than a few decades old (and depending on the type of pipes you have), then doing a full, albeit costly, replacing of your entire home plumbing system will greatly reduce your risk of home water leaks.

But even if your pipes are new, they can still pose problems if they are not installed or fixed properly. Perhaps you decided that you could fix that leak in your kitchen sink yourself last summer. If something wasn’t done properly, a joint or washer could cause a leak.

All in all, the tricky part of addressing the dangers of water leaks from your pipes up is the sheer number of them. Then there’s the issue of appliances.

Check or Replace Your Appliances

True, when you think of water leaks, you think of pipes, but appliances are among the top causes of water leaks, from washing machines and dishwashers to water heaters. The issue can be either the connection between your home water system and the appliance, or the appliance itself.

Fortunately, you generally only have a few appliances that are connected to your home’s water system, so checking to ensure each connection and each appliance is in good working order is much more feasible. Still, ensuring your appliances are hooked up and working correctly can only do so much.

So what can single systems designed to address the risk of home water leaks from both water pipes and appliances offer you?

Smart Home Leak Prevention Systems

Get Smart About Water Leak Detection

An integrated smart home leak prevention system has some serious advantages, but there are still features you should keep an eye out for. The main advantage is that with one system you can monitor potential water leaks from every single potential source. So, instead of worrying so much about every potential problem area, you can use a system to let you know the moment something goes wrong.

That brings us to the smart home element. Generally, a smart home leak prevention system will connect with your smartphone and allow you to remotely monitor your home. With the best systems, you can even remotely turn your main water source on or off (because, after all, if you’re 1,000 miles away on vacation, simply knowing there’s a water leak isn’t too helpful).

In general, when it comes to smart home leak prevention systems, you want to find something that can reliably monitor for leaks, and automatically shut off your main water source to prevent them from doing much damage. Remote control and access is a nice additional feature to have.

Picking the Best Option for You

Ultimately, as with so many aspects of home care, the best option is using a variety of solutions. Considering that smart home leak prevention systems can pay for themselves by preventing even one major leak, investing in one makes sense. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your pipes and appliances.

It’s still a good idea to, for example, buy a tankless water heater to eliminate the risk of a flooded basement from a water heater issue, or to make sure your other appliances are installed and maintained properly. A home-wide leak detection system is a smart move, but it pays to couple it with general vigilance.

If you’d like to read more about leak prevention and the ever-expanding world of smart home tech, check out our blog.

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