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Why You Should Install Water Mitigation Devices in Your Home

By June 6, 2022Insurance

Water damage is a common and costly cause of loss in the home.

If the water supply lines on your washing machine fail, this can cause significant damage to your home. If a leak goes undetected because you are away from home, the accumulated water can cause potentially catastrophic damage.  From moldy walls, to damaged, unreplaceable personal belongings to warped floorboards, virtually every surface in your home is exposed to potential water damage.

Today, smart home technology is helping consumers manage their personal risks. Technology has made water loss prevention easier than ever. In addition to potentially mitigating serious damage, water sensors can also help a homeowner avoid the loss of personal possessions and the hassle of coordinating disruptive repairs to their home.

Water leak detectors come in both DIY and professionally installed options, so there’s likely something for every budget and capability. (Click here for the New York Times top three devices recommended in 2022.)

How Do Water Sensors Work?

Water sensors detect the presence of water and, when placed in locations where water should not be present, a leak. When Wi-Fi is enabled, the sensor can send out a notification to the homeowner through a smartphone app. If the homeowner will be out of town, family members, friends or other caretakers can be designated to receive notification of a leak, so they can act quickly to help prevent further damage.

Some water-sensor systems can be programmed to shut off the water to the house to help prevent a small leak from becoming a large one. If your home is heated by an older steam-heating system, or if it’s protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system, check with a qualified professional before installing sensor-activated water shut-off devices.

Where Should Water Sensors Be Placed?

It’s a good idea to place water sensors in areas where water damage inside the home can occur, often without warning. Those areas include: washing machines, hot water heaters (they may fail), dishwashers (they may leak), supply lines to automatic ice makers (they may be damaged) and toilets (they may overflow). Performing regular maintenance and visually checking for rusty, corroded, worn or damaged water supply lines and valves and other potential problems before you have a leak is one of the best ways to help prevent water damage.

You might want to install water sensors in areas near:

  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators with ice makers and water dispensers
  • Hot-water heaters
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Furnaces and boilers
  • Fish tanks


Typically, water sensors and their control modules are available at most home improvement stores and online. There are numerous options available. Consider doing some research to determine which options best fit your needs and budget. Note that some devices only work once and then need to be replaced, while others are designed for extended use. Also, if you are not comfortable installing them yourself, contact an experienced professional for help with proper installation and setting up the app to ensure that you receive notifications of potential leaks.


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Information in this article is includes content from our partner, Travelers Insurance, and is not all inclusive regarding the subject matter. This content is offered for educational purposes only.