Water damage is one of the leading causes of insurance claims, and basements rank high on the list for locations where flooding occurs. Finished basements are often costly to develop in the first place, and restoring a basement after flooding just adds to the expense. A basement water alarm may be your best way to avoid costs of restoring your property due to water damage. It offers a great solution for stopping a flood before it has a chance to really start.
Basement flood alarms provide a simple, inexpensive way to prevent damage to your belongings, flooring, and even structure of your home. It doesn’t matter if the flooding occurs from a leak, backed up plumbing, heavy rains, or other causes. Flood alarms will be able to detect water buildup in your basement for any reason. An alarm senses water where it should not be present, and alerts you if it is.
If you want to be notified before disaster happens, a water sensor and alarm system are a good investment. There are four common types of basement water alarms that you can choose from:
- Standard alarm – the least expensive option is a standard sump pump alarm. The device is placed on the floor of your basement and if water is detected, the alarm sounds. Starting at under $20 and very easy to use, the drawback to the standard alarm is that you must be within proximity to hear the alarm go off.
- Auto dialer alarm – similar to the standard alarm, the auto dialer adds the feature of making a call to your phone alerting you of the alarm. This alarm requires a telephone landline in your basement. Priced near $250, auto dialers are more expensive but will ensure you are warned of potential water damage. One negative is that these alarms can be knocked out of commission by a lightning strike, and sometimes don’t hang up properly and may jam your phone line.
- WiFi auto dialer alarm – this unit works exactly like the auto dialer, but can connect to your WiFi if you have internet connection or a wireless router. This eliminates the need for a telephone landline connection. Also, you need to have a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) feature to ensure continued function during a power outage. Most WiFi alarm systems start at $300.
- Cellular sump water alarm – the latest technology is a cellular based alarm that sends out a text message when the water sensor indicates potential water damage. No phone or internet service is needed, but a cellular service plan is usually required. These alarms are cost effective and easy to install, and produces both an audible alarm and text notification.
It’s up to you to decide if a basement water alarm is right for you, and which technology to choose. The main advantage is achieving peace of mind by knowing when leaks or floods are happening with a reliable warning system that alerts you day or night. Without an alarm, you may face basement water damage and associated repairs such as replacing your flooring. If this does happen, click here to contact a trusted local flooring company for help.