A leak detection system monitors the flow of water through a pipe. If abnormal behavior is detected, the system shuts off water flow to the entire home by closing a valve inside the leak detector. Leak detection systems are usually installed at the point where water enters the home. This way, no matter the problem, water flow to all water-consuming fixtures and appliances can be shut off, protecting your entire home from catastrophic and costly damage. Whether a toilet flap is clogged, a tub runs too long, or a burst fitting behind a wall, a leak detection system instantly detects increased water usage. Leak detection systems are programmable, allowing you to customize shut-off settings based on your home's water usage patterns. They also connect to smartphones via an app and send you alerts when irregular water flow is detected. This allows you to protect your property remotely, whether you're 600,000 miles from home at work or on vacation.
Leak detection systems are also able to detect freezing pipelines. When pipes freeze, they risk cracking or bursting (since water expands as it freezes). This can lead to expensive repairs to plumbing, not to mention possible flooding when pipes thaw and water flows through a broken pipe. When temperatures in the pipes drop below freezing, leak detection systems shut off the water supply until temperatures rise or the home owner assesses the risk and turns the water supply back on.
A leak detection system protects your home from one of the most common and costly damages in homes. A burst pipe is more likely to damage your home than a fire, lightning strike, or burglary.
Water damage is also associated with mold. Mold can pose very serious health risks. Mold aggravates allergic conditions, causes eye irritation, sneezing, runny nose and even aggravates skin rashes. Inhaling mold spores can also lead to asthma attacks in people with severe mold allergies. Infants, infants and young children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions are at increased risk for diseases associated with mold exposure. Even small leaks under the counter can lead to mold growth over time if not addressed.
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