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Demystifying water leakage detection technology

Nobody fully prepares you for the realities of home ownership, especially when unexpected disasters strike. We want to help you stop water loss in your home before it even starts.

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This exciting new technology can help you prevent a water disaster in your home.

We’re in the digital world and most of us use technology every day. But did you know there are tools on the market that can help you detect a water leak in your home before you even see it? 

Water loss technology is a major preventative measure you can take to protect yourself and your property. Simply put, it is a digital system that can detect when there are leaks or abnormal water levels in your home. It’s designed to make you aware of water damage or inconsistencies before they accelerate and become a full-blown water disaster.


Know how to shut off your main water valve

Since water leakage detection systems are designed to alert you of leaks, understanding how to manually shut off your water when you get that alert is vital. Surprisingly, a lot of homeowners don’t know where they are and they don’t test them regularly. Make sure everyone in your household knows where your main and localized water shut-off valves are so they can be shut off manually if your system detects a leak. Some valves are even hidden behind decorative panels or furniture. 

Different types of systems are available

Here are two common types of water sensors and leak detection systems:

Self-installed: Systems that are available for homeowners to install themselves will alert you of a leak through a sound and/or notification to your smartphone. This system requires you to investigate the leak yourself and turn off your main water valve manually, which is great if you’re at home – but if you’re away, damage could occur before you get a chance to shut off the water.

Professionally installed: This system takes water leakage detection a step further by alerting you, then automatically shutting off your main water valve. This is valuable because it minimizes the damage a leak can do. It can even be integrated into your home security system.

How does water loss technology work? 

Water leakage detection systems work by monitoring water flow patterns to detect irregularities. We recommend you install the sensors in areas where water escape is most common so you can take action quickly if the system detects any water flow concerns. For example, your laundry room, water heater site, bathrooms and under your sinks.

How to choose a water detection system 

The cost of water detection systems will vary, as do the benefits they provide. Whichever path you choose, incorporating this technology will help you minimize water damage and avoid future costs associated with repairing or rebuilding after a loss. 

If you get your system professionally installed, the cost will be a little higher. However, many homeowners achieve cost savings by having their water leakage detection system installed at the same time as they replace their hot water tank. Talk to your plumber to discuss your options. 

If you’re on a budget and aren’t in the market for a new hot water tank, there are plenty of affordable options that are easy to install. Many sensors will also warn you if there’s an increase in humidity or if conditions are so cold that it may cause a water pipe to burst. 

Keep your head above water

Understanding water leakage detection technology will help your future self avoid a stressful (and potentially devastating) situation. If you are unsure of the best solution for your home, connect with an expert in your area.

Watch our videos for more ways to keep your head above water

Reach out to your Wawanesa broker to review the water loss coverage in your policy.


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