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How To Pick The Perfect Water Alarm For Your Home!

One of the things that is the most important to F.H. Furr is that our customer's homes are taken care of as if they were our own. We understand that your home is an investment in yours and your family's futures. We want you to know that your investment is important to us too, so we like to educate our customers on ways to protect their home as well as maintaining it.

We've talked about what a water alarm is in a previous blog. If you missed that one, you can read it HERE. Now we want to help you pick the perfect one for your home! If you are in the market for one, being aware of these recommendations will help you find the best one for you!

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How many sensors?

The number of sensors is important because you want to have enough coverage for the area you are installing the alarms in. The sensors are the brain of the unit, so the more sensors you have, the better equipped and prepared you'll be. Usually alarms come with two sensors, but four is a more preferred number for most homeowners.

What kind of sensor?

The best type of sensors are going to be stainless steel. Stainless steel doesn't corrode or rust so they will last longer than sensors of another material. Corrosion or rust can prohibit the sensors from working properly or working at all, not to mention making a mess on the surface of the area you are attempting to protect!

Is the alarm loud?

Think of where your water alarms are going to be located. Most likely they will be in areas that are hidden away or not right around your everyday living area. They could be in the basement, laundry room, in cabinets or cupboards, etc. The volume of the alarm needs to be LOUD so that you will be able to hear it! If it isn't loud enough, you could run the risk of not hearing it and if an alarm isn't heard to bring attention to a problem then it isn't doing its' job well at all!

Check the features of alarms you may be interested as well because many now have a function that the system can email you or even send a text if one of the alarms gets tripped! Technology is awesome!

How close is the sensor to the surface being monitored?

Plain and simple - sensors need to touch the surface they are monitoring! If your sensor sits 1/2 inch off of the surface being monitored, you could potentially have 1/2 inch of water in your home before you even get alerted to it! If the room you are installing the alarm is carpeted, we recommend putting the sensor down through the carpet because the water could soak the pad and you wouldn't know until the water got high enough to get through the carpet!

Is the alarm quality made?

Obviously, as with everything for your home, you want the best. Make sure you're getting a water alarm with a high volume and numerous sensors. You want an alarm that can stand up to use but also look nice in your home!

Don’t let water and moisture steal away your hard earned investment, call an F.H. Furr professional today to find out more! With a “Plumber in your Home for Free,” you can be rest assured in knowing that our service oriented staff will be able to recommend the best fit to keep your home safe.

Topics: Water Alarm