Water Alarm Buyer’s Guide – How To Pick The Perfect Water Alarm

Posted at July 28th, 2015
Posted by Gizmode
Categories: Prevent Water Damage
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A home is probably the most expensive investment you will ever make and the items in your home also add to that investment. Some of the items like family heirlooms and photo albums are not replaceable once gone or damaged. It is commonsense to protect your investment using home security alarm systems and fire alarms, but many of us neglect to protect ourselves from the most common type of damage that occurs in the home, water damage.

When shopping for a water alarm or water leak detector there are 5 very important criteria to consider:

  • Volume. How loud is the water alarm or leak detector? Many times water leak alarms are placed in out-of-the-way places, in cupboards, under sinks, in the laundry room, in attics or in basements so the alarm really needs to be loud if it’s going to be heard. If it’s not at least 110 dB you run the risk of not hearing the alarm and any alarm that goes unheard didn’t do its job.
  • Quantity of sensors. How many moisture detecting sensors is the water alarm or leak detector equipped with? Many on the market only have two sensors, we recommend at least four. The sensors detect the moisture, the more sensors the better.
  • Sensor to surface distance. Do the sensors make direct contact with the surface being monitored? Many sensors are offset by 1/32”, meaning the sensor sits above the surface being monitored which could lead to a scenario where the entire room has 1/32” of water in it before the leak is detected. If these types of sensors are used on carpet they are almost useless because the water flows under the pad and not on the surface of the carpet. We recommend that the sensors make direct contact with the surface so there is no need for a flood situation before detection takes place, it’s best if those sensors can penetrate carpet fibers for quicker detection on those types of surfaces.
  • Sensor material. What is the sensor made out of? The sensors should be stainless steel to prevent corrosion or rust which can impact the water alarms ability to detect moisture or even stain the surface being monitored.
  • Quality of build. A water alarm should be built sturdy and be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

Gizmode ® water alarms and leak detectors meet or exceed all the above criteria. We spent years developing and modifying our design to make our water leak alarms the best on the market. Our water alarms range in volume from 110 dB to 130 dB, we custom deigned our piezo chamber to squeeze the most volume possible out of it. All of our alarms have four sensing legs to increase the chance of detecting a leak, competing brands only have two. We even have expansion ports built into the bottom of our alarms to accommodate additional accessories and expand the water alarms monitoring range. Our sensors make direct contact with the surface you need to monitor and our stainless steel sensor legs can penetrate into carpet fibers making early detection possible on a carpeted floor. Our water alarms are designed to withstand the abuses of industrial use, but they are aesthetically pleasing enough to be used at home. Gizmode ® water alarms and leak detectors are the best on the market, trusted and used by homeowners and business owners around the world.

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