Fix a Leak Week and Water Leak Detection

The 2012 Fix a Leak Week recently ended, and in case you missed it, you can find all of the highlights here. Fix a Leak Week is celebrated in March each year with the goal of reminding Americans to check for and repair leaks in their homes. According to a study conducted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), leaks make up about 14% of all indoor water use 1.

Water Leak Detection:

Some leaks around the home and office are easily noticed: running toilets, dripping faucets, and leaky water dispensers. However, some leaks occur in less visible locations such as under sinks, behind washing machines, or from water heaters tucked away in closets. An efficient way to detect leaks in these less noticeable areas is with the use of a water alarm.
Water Leak Detection Device
Water alarms, typically battery powered, are small inexpensive devices with sensors that detect water or moisture. Not only do water alarms help prevent wasted water, they also help protect your home by providing an early warning system to small leaks that may eventually become floods. Leaks typically get larger with time, so the sooner you are aware of a leak, the better.

More Facts and Information on Water Leaks From the EPA 2:

•Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
•The vast majority of leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.
•Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.

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Sump Pump Alarm – High Water and Overflow Detection

Sump Pump Alarms are designed to detect and alert you in high water, overflow, or sump pump failure situations.

We are quickly approaching spring, which means sump pumps will be in high gear dealing with extra water from snow melt and rain. If you are looking to purchase a sump pump you might want to consider buying a sump pump that features multiple backup pumps. There are several reasons for this. First of all, if one of the pumps has a failure the others can help pick up the slack. Second, if there is too much water for a single pump to keep up with, secondary pumps can help with the extra water and keep the sump pump from overflowing.

Tom Scherer with NDSU going over the basics of Sump Pumps:

In addition to a multiple pump system, you should also consider a sump pump alarm system to alert you in the event of water reaching various high level marks.

Here is a video of Chris with Gizmode Innovations ( demonstrating the WA01 Water Alarm with the Sump Pump Alarm attachment:
The sump pump alarm demo starts at the 3:50 mark.

The sump pump alarm system from Gizmode Innovations is comprised of a sump pump attachment (SA-1) and a battery powered water alarm (The sump pump attachment is compatible the WA01 or WA03 water alarms only.)

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