If you live in an area that deals with frequent flooding or have basement pipes that have a tendency to burst and flood your basement, you may want to invest in a flood alarm. There are several different styles of flood alarms, but all do basically the same thing: make a lot of noise when the water level reaches the alarm. This noise immediately alerts you to potential floods and can help you either escape your property if it’s about to be flooded or turn off your water if your basement or other room is filling with water. Flood alarms are specifically aimed at protecting your property from flood damage or to let you know when something in your home is leaking—they aren’t designed to be protection from sudden floods. Often, flash floods occur much to quickly for your flood alarm’s warning to be of any help, so if you are concerned about a flash flood, rely more on your local news and less on your flood alarm.
How does a flood alarm work? Well, it’s pretty basic. You simply set your sensor arm to where you want it. This can be right on the floor if you want to know the moment any water hits your floor, or it can be several feet up if you want to know when a pond or pool is about to overflow. Many flood alarms are made of heavy plastic, and most are screwed together instead of snapped together to make certain water can’t get into the flood alarm. Most also rely on batteries to power the alarm and sensors, and those battery components are also water tight so your batteries won’t get wet and short out.
While it may seem very simple in design and function, a flood alarm can save you thousands of dollars in flood damage. While using it to alert you to pool or pond overflows, flood alarms can also be a lifesaver in your home. You can set your flood alarm to notify you right away if it gets wet; giving you a heads up that pipes have burst and your bedroom, garage, bathroom, or laundry room is flooding. Flood alarms can often detect as little as 1/32nd of an inch of flood water.
One great bonus of a flood alarm is that it allows you to stop flooding before things are damaged beyond repair. It can also help stop mold from growing up in your walls, saving you thousands of dollars later and stopping a potential health risk before it even begins. By setting your flood alarm near pipes, you can quickly rush to the area when you first hear the alarm, giving you the chance to save items before they get wet.
Setting a flood alarm outside near your swimming pool can alert you to your pool overflowing in a rainstorm. This can help you protect your home if your pool is close to a door. If you hear the alarm, you can block up the bottom of the door with towels to absorb any water that comes flowing towards your home, keeping your indoor carpet dry and safe.
If you live in dry areas or locations that don’t generally see a lot of rain, you may never see a flood alarm or have any idea of how one works. However, for those of you who live in locations that flood often, a flood alarm can keep your home, your property, and even yourself safe and secure. They aren’t incredibly expensive, either. All you have to do is make certain that all of your flood alarms have charged batteries and you’ll be alerted right away of floods.