What is a water detector?
A water detector is a small electronic device that is designed to detect the presence of water and alert humans in time to allow the prevention of water damage. A common design is a small device that lays flat on a floor and relies on the electrical conductivity of water to decrease the resistance across two contacts. A battery then sounds an audible alarm in the presence of enough water to bridge the contacts. These are useful in a normally occupied area near any appliance that has the potential to leak water, such as a washing machine, refrigerator with icemaker, dehumidifier, air conditioner, or water heater.
Key benefits of having a water leak detector
- protect your home, assets, and heirlooms
- lower insurance premiums
- prevents loss of claims free insurance discounts and higher deductibles/premiums in subsequent years due to water damage claim
Common sources of residential water leaks:
- Water heater
- Toilet tank crack
- Washing machine hose rupture
- Faulty or frozen plumbing lines
- Refrigerator icemakers
- Unnoticed plumbing pipe damage during renovations
Flooding Advice – Steps To Take
Advice from the Environment Agency
- Keep a list of useful numbers to hand e.g.: your local council, the emergency services, your insurance company and Floodline.
- Have a few sandbags or floorboards prepared to block doorways and air bricks.
- Make up a Flood Kit, including a torch, blankets, waterproof clothing, wellingtons, a portable radio, first aid kit, rubber gloves and key personal documents. Keep it upstairs, if possible.
- Talk about possible flooding with your family or those you live with. Consider writing a Flood Plan, and store these notes with your Flood Kit.
- Make sure you know where to turn off your gas and electricity.
- What about your pets? Where will you move them to if a flood is on the way?
- Think about your car. Where could you move it to in the event of a Flood Warning?
- Get into the habit of storing valuable or sentimental personal belongings upstairs or in a high place downstairs.
- Think about medication. In the event of a flood, you will still need to take it.
Flooding – Do’s and Don’ts
- Do wash your hands with soap and clean water after going to the toilet, before eating or preparing food and after being in contact with floodwater.
- Do wash down all hard surfaces with hot soapy water several times particularly in the kitchen, until visually clean. Now use a food-safe disinfectant
- Do ensure that any cuts or sores are protected with a waterproof dressing, from floodwater.
- Do contact your Doctor if you become ill after accidentally swallowing mud or contaminated water.
- Do ensure that floodwater containing oil, diesel etc is removed, by washing down the affected area with a detergent solution.
- Do remove any coverings on airbricks, doors and windows as ventilation is essential to drywall cavities and voids
- Do ensure that the house is properly aired to encourage drying and restrict mould growth
- Do hot wash clothing, bedding and other soft/fabric articles including children’s toys etc (60°C or the highest temperature indicated on the manufacturer’s instructions). Large soft furnishings need professional cleaning
- Do replace any manhole covers dislodged by the flood
- Do remove any sandbags to weigh down manhole covers and plugs to sinks and baths
- Do remove sandbag(s) from toilet bowl(s)
- Do remove all outlet pluggings to washing machine and dishwasher
- Do thoroughly wash all crockery, pots and pans and cutlery in very hot soapy water before their use. Use a food-safe disinfectant to sanitise them after washing.
- Do ensure the water taps are cleaned and disinfected before using them for the first time.
- Do put contaminated flood-damaged food in two black refuse sacks, seal effectively, and put out when your next refuse collection is due.
- Don’t re-connect or switch on gas, electrical appliances or water pipes, which have been in contact with floodwater until a competent person has checked them.
- Don’t eat any food that has been covered by or come into contact with sewage or floodwater.
- Don’t use frozen food that has been at ambient temperature for a few hours or damaged/contaminated food.
- Don’t allow children to play in floodwater areas and wash children’s hands frequently (always before meals). Wash floodwater-contaminated toys with hot water and disinfect them before allowing them to be used.
- Don’t let young children play on affected grassed or paved areas until they have been cleaned down and restored to their normal condition.
- Don’t use bottled water for bottle-fed babies, unless it is recommended by a doctor or health visitor. Boiled tap water should be safe to drink provided it is not grossly contaminated.
- Don’t let very young children play directly on timber floorboards or any damaged tiled floorings: possible sharp edges from boards, tiles, and flood debris
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