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Why Everyone Needs a Flood Sensor in Their Home

Posted: April 21, 2017

Flood sensors are a beneficial asset for all families. Because protecting your family is of the utmost importance, you need to prepare for all eventualities. This includes flooding.

Did you know that floods are the #1 natural disaster that occurs in the United States?

According to Floodsmart.gov, all 50 states have experienced flooding in the last five years. This means that flooding is a potential hazard for every family.

What are flood sensors and why do I need one?

Flood sensors are small devices that sense the presence of moisture. When integrated with your home security system, these devices alert you when moisture levels rise above normal conditions.

Did you know that from the year 2011 to 2015, the average claim for damage due to floods was $46,000?

Damage from flooding often involves more than just replacing the carpet or furniture. Frequently, you have to seek out mold or replace important infrastructure inside your home. Early detection with flood motion detectors is a key element in preventing damage.

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Flood sensor benefits

Flood sensors alert you at the outset of flooding to protect your home from the damage that is often associated with flooding or water damage.

Did you know that a small amount of floodwater can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage?

One of the most important ways flood sensors benefit you involves prevention. Preventing a disaster can help you keep your family and property safe, while ensuring your financial well-being.

Flood sensor benefits include the following:

  • They can be integrated with your home monitoring system so you receive alerts along with your home security
  • These devices help protect against plumbing issues or faulty pipes
  • Flood sensors can help to monitor an unused or vacant property
  • Mold can be inhibited from flourishing in crawl spaces and basements
  • With ADT Pulse, you can even get remote notifications and manage your flood sensors in the Pulse app
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Do I really need a flood sensor?

Flooding can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, flooding happens as the result of weather patterns. Other times, it occurs because of faulty pipes or issues with plumbing. Flooding can happen in any season. As we shared earlier, flooding affects all 50 states.

Did you know that an often overlooked cause of flooding comes from hurricanes, winter storms, and snowmelt?

According to Floodsmart.gov, everyone lives in a flood zone. Often flooding can be caused by factors that have little to do with weather. For example, living near an area of high construction can be a causal factor if it affects the paths of natural runoff.

Did you know that homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flood damage?

Many homeowners are under the false assumption that they are covered for all situations if they have a homeowner’s insurance policy. In fact, homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding. You must have a separate flood insurance policy.

So, do I need a flood sensor? The answer is yes, everyone needs a flood sensor.

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Flood sensor installation tips

Flood sensors installation is relatively simple. Installation may vary depending on the device you choose.

These tiny devices can have several benefits when tied to your home security equipment. If you choose to sync it to your home monitoring system, a security advisor can assist you with flood sensor installation. Another notable advantage is early warning.

Did you know that one of the most common methods for flood damage reimbursement is replacement cost value and that most policies only reimburse up to 80 percent of the actual value of the damage?

In this case, you are responsible for the other 20 percent. Even with flood insurance, the damage from flooding can take a significant toll on your family. Rather than picking up the pieces, take some preventative steps by installing flood sensors in your home.

Here are some tips for flood sensor installation and positioning:

  • Install flood sensors in areas that are prone to water damage
  • Put them under sinks
  • Position flood sensors near washer/dryer
  • Mount them near water heaters
  • Put them inside crawl spaces
  • When used in basements, flood sensors can help prevent mold and damage from appliances

Flooding doesn’t have to be a scary situation. With flood sensors, you can be better protected and prepared.

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