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Water Alarm

The Water Alarm is a remote battery operated unit that can be placed anywhere in the house. The alarm sounds when the sensors come into contact with water. The 85 dB buzzer will alert you that there is a water leak. Early detection will help to protect your home and possessions against damage from water and mould.

Water Alarm
 

For maximum protection place units near the:

  1. water heater,
  2. dishwasher,
  3. washing machine,
  4. sinks,
  5. refrigerator,
  6. water purification system,
  7. aquarium,
  8. toilets,
  9. suspected roof leaks,
  10. water softener,
  11. basement drain and sump pump,
  12. garages,
  13. hot tubs,
  14. anywhere a little one or pet might have an accident and an alarm would helpful and not be traumatic,
  15. anywhere a pressurized supply hose or pipe might leak, freeze or break.

Water Alarm, Hexagonal, 9v, 85db

Water Alarm, Round, 9v, 85db

Prevent Cold Weather Bursting of Pipes And Causing Water Damage

 •    Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing, typically those near outer walls, in crawl spaces or in the attic. Use insulation made especially for this purpose. Wrap pipes with heat tape (UL-approved)(1)


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Review your insurance policy to make sure you have water damage coverage.


•    Clean your rain gutters so melting snow and ice can flow freely to prevent ice build-up that can cause water to seep into your house.

•    Keep the house heated to a minimum of 65° F (18° C). The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves, and lower temperatures might allow pipes inside the walls to freeze.

•    Find the main water shut-off valve to your home and make sure all occupants know how to turn it off quickly.

•    If your garage is attached to your house, keep the garage doors closed for warmth.

•    If you have to leave your home for longer than a day, ask a neighbour to check the house regularly.

•    If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, have the water system drained by a professional to keep pipes from freezing or bursting.

•    If your kitchen pipes are beside an outside wall to the house, you can open the doors to under your sink to let the warmer room air circulate to keep the pipes warmer.

•    Seal any leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located.

•    For very cold weather, open all hot and cold faucets along outside walls enough to let them drip slowly. Moving water does not freeze in pipes.

Water damage claims behind soaring home insurance rates

ROB CARRICK
The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 6:10PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 6:36AM EDT

The industry view on soaring home insurance premiums: People, you're actually getting a break.

 Here's the math, supplied by Wayne Ross, vice-president of property claims for Aviva Canada, the country's second-largest property insurer. Over the past 10 years, the value of homes has close to doubled on average. Meanwhile, premiums have gone up about 1.8 times.

Water and Mould Damage Statistics

"Nationally, in 2007, water damage (including frozen, burst pipes) accounted for about 22 percent of all homeowners insurance claims. The average claim was for $5,531."

Water Damage: What’s Covered;
What’s Not

Protect Your Home, Property with Proper Maintenance and Insurance, Says I.I.I.
Published November 18, 2009

Insurance Information
Institute

"On average, individual water damage claims cost insurers $4,925 in 2002."

Water Losses Flood Calif. Homeowner Market
Published  07/16/2003

Insurance Information Network of California

"An 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day, soaking floors, rugs, and furniture."

Facts on Water Pipes, #9032

Last Modified: 10/06/09

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

"A small water pipe leak inside a wall or under a slab may go undetected for months. Damp or wet structural materials provide excellent conditions for toxic mould....Almost 90% of copper pinhole leaks occur on horizontal runs of pipe."

Fast Facts

“Are You Disaster Ready?”

PlumbingRepair911.com

Water and Mold Damage Statistics

Los Angeles Water Damage

"Most frequently damaged by cold weather are sprinkler systems, process piping, compressors, instrumentation, valves and fittings, heating and air conditioning equipment, steam piping and boilers."

Preventing Frozen Pipes

State Farm Insurance Group

Cut Winter-Related Property Losses With Proper Planning


By Factory Mutual Engineering and Research

Disaster Relief Journal

If you discover your pipes have burst

•  Call 911 if the disaster is large enough or if you see your safety is at risk. 
 
•  Turn off your electricity at the main switch, IMMEDIATELY, only if you can safely get to it. Dirty water is a good electrical conductor, so be extra careful. 
 
•   Avoid using electrical appliances that may have been damaged by fire, heat or water. Do not use any electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors. Do not touch televisions or radios plugged into the circuits, to monitor for any disaster instructions. Avoid standing on wet floors, particularly if the floor is concrete. If electricity is still on, do not enter rooms where standing water is present.

•  Turn off the water at the main valve IMMEDIATELY, only if you can safely get to it after your electricity is off at the main switch.

•   Take pictures, asap, as proof of the leaks.

•    Mop up spills as quickly as possible. You don't want the water to do more damage than it already has.

•    Call your insurance company promptly.

•    Make temporary repairs and adjustments to protect your property from further damage, including moving any carpet or furniture that can be further damaged.

•    You need to also get the electrical system checked.

•    Make a detailed list of the damages to accompany the photos.

•    Save all receipts for what you spend, including additional outside living expenses if you must leave your home until repairs are completed, then submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.

•    Untreated water damage can cause fungi to sprout up, often unnoticed. Fungus can be cleaned if caught in time, but because it normally grows in dark, damp places, most homeowners are unaware of what is lurking behind their walls. Inspect your home and watch for warning signs of fungus, such as musty odours, sunken areas in baseboards or trim and swelling or crumbling of plaster or sheet rock.

References

(1)   Facts on Water Pipes
Emergency Preparedness Series
Bulletin #9032
Publisher: University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Simple guidelines to prevent freezing pipes. 1 page, 1998.

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