Best Water Leak Detectors for 2020

Best Water Leak Detectors for 2020

The latest water leak detectors can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs, not to mention the inconvenience, but which one is right for you?

One of the biggest issues facing any homeowner is water damage. A burst pipe, malfunctioning hot water heater or leaky appliance can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Filing an insurance claim, may not be an option, unless the damage is over your deductible. Fortunately, there are now a number of smart devices that can not only detect water leaks, but can also notify you and in some cases, shut off the water automatically, keeping a small problem from becoming a major catastrophe. Here are the best water leak detectors you can buy now.

Water leak detectors: Quick buying tips

Water leak detectors fall generally into two categories: those which can shut off your water, and those that can’t. The latter are generally inexpensive — less than $100 — and will send an alert to your smartphone when they sense water. However, it's then up to you to turn off your water, which can be a problem if you're not at home. Those that have shutoff controls typically cost upward of $400 and require a plumber to install, but could be worth the investment, as they'll not only help reduce catastrophic damage, but can also help lower your monthly insurance bill.

Regardless of the type of water leak detector you purchase, here are a few things you need to consider before you buy.

  • Battery or plug-in? Some leak detectors run on batteries, while others need to be plugged in; the former type makes it easier for the detectors to fit into locations that are far from an outlet, but their batteries will need to be replaced every year or so.

  • Built-in alarm: A detector with a built-in alarm will sound a siren, so that you can hear where the leak is coming from, without your smartphone.

  • Smart-home integration: While not a necessity, if a detector works with other smart- home systems, such as Alexa or Google Home, you can have a light flash in your house, for instance, when there's a water leak.


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