Is your water heater out to get you?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA

Peace of mind is an important part of home ownership.  And if you could buy a piece of this peace of mind for between $10 and $15, would you?

If I asked you right now if you knew if your water heater was leaking, would you?  Without going to the basement and looking?  Most of us don't know if water is intruding into our home until it is too late.  Water damage from a burst water heater, overflowing sink or washing machine, or failed sump pump can cost thousands.

But there's a good solution -- an inexpensive, battery operated leak detector.  Put one of these (some are self contained, some have a remote water sensor) near your potential water intrusion area -- a hot water heater, a washing machine, a sump pump, etc.  It unobtrusively sits there until it senses water (most are usually activated with as little as 1/32 inch of water).  Then it sounds a loud alarm to let you know when the problem starts. 

Most water issues do not start as a deluge.  They start as a trickle.  A hot water heater won't usually explode it's contents with no warning.  But if you ignore the trickle going across your basement floor for hours, it just may let loose.

Even if you have an unfinished basement, you need to be concerned about water intrusion.  And the mold growth that it could promote.  How about homes with the laundry on the first or second floor?  Or an overflowing bathtub?  Think of your drywall, your carpeting, your furnishings.  An overflowing 2nd floor washer could cost you thousands of dollars!

One of my favorite leak detectors is the whimsically named Leak Frog.  It does the same job as the others, and is kind of cute, to boot!

Just like the smoke detectors in your home, these leak detectors are only as good as the batteries in them.  Remember to change them twice a year with quality replacements!

 

Stay dry.  And if you can't, find out before a little water turns into a lot of water.  Get a leak detector!

Posted by
Richard Strahm
Realtor, ABR, SFR, SRES
REMAX Realty Group
439 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438

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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Richard:

I have never heard of a leak detector. It's a wonderful idea and could spare someone a huge headache. When a hot water heater bursts it can cause an enormous amount of damage.  This is definitely something that is worth looking into.

 

March 01, 2010 07:04 AM #8
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Tom Branch
RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs - Plano, TX
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Great idea.  My personal heater is in the attic and developed a leak.  I caught it before it did major damage but your tip would have likely prevented it.

Tom

March 01, 2010 07:34 AM #9
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Richard, 

Awesome idea, why not catch the problem when it's a trickle.  Water roaming around the attic/basement is not a good problem to have undetected.  Because they are located in areas you don't pay attention to, that little trickle of water can become QUITE a problem!

I will be passing this idea on.  Thanks for sharing.

All the best, Michelle

March 01, 2010 08:33 AM #10
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Mark Montross
Catamount Realty Group - Burlington, VT
Listing and Buyer Specialist

Richard - thank you for the great idea. I had never heard of these items before. They would be a great thing to recommend to clients.

March 01, 2010 08:49 AM #11
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Unique post, and great advice about something I have never considered. After 21 years I am still learning and that is great.

March 01, 2010 09:18 AM #12
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Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Thanks for the post Richard. In Texas, we do not have basement, so some builder put the water heater in the attic or it might be in the garage. That is a neat tool to have some peace of mind.

March 01, 2010 09:18 AM #13
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Scott Patterson
Trace Home Inspections - Spring Hill, TN
Home Inspector, Middle TN

Good post with a great idea.  If more folks would think about items like this we would see less problems with water leaks in homes.

March 01, 2010 09:56 AM #14
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Richard Johnston
San Fernando Valley - RE/MAX Grand Central - Sherman Oaks, CA

thanks for sharing

March 01, 2010 12:07 PM #15
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Eric Boyd
Step One Realty, LLC, 904-469-6335 - Jacksonville, FL
Broker, Property Manager - Jacksonville Property Management

Great post! I'll have to considering this device for use in our managed rental properties.

March 01, 2010 12:10 PM #16
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Nicholas Goraczkowski
Aurora, CO
Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES

Good idea. I wasn't aware of these. I think I will go pick one up Just had an issue awhile back. Thanks for the tip.

March 01, 2010 01:00 PM #17
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Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7

Didn't know about Leak Frog...Thanks for sharing

March 01, 2010 01:40 PM #18
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Richard, good post with these devices. I've noticed that many 2nd floor laundry rooms do not have a drain and could potentially be a problem if anything would ever happen with that washer hose.

March 01, 2010 02:04 PM #19
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Hope MacManus
Home Finders SVC Real Estate, Florence, OR - Florence, OR

Leak Frog!  How darling is that.  Good gift for clients too.  Thanks for the post. 

March 01, 2010 02:38 PM #20
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Monique Hailer
CENTURY 21 New Millennium - Solomons, MD

Richard leak detector is new to me. Great idea, especially for those who's water heater in a hidden palce. Out of site, out of mind or could really make you out of your mind with a huge leak.

March 01, 2010 03:11 PM #21
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Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine

Richard, pretty cute. I have never heard of a Leak Frog.

March 01, 2010 04:31 PM #22
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Maintenance.....with everything is key.  Like anything the earlier you detect it usually it's easier and less expensive to fix.

patricia

March 01, 2010 05:44 PM #23
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Jonathan Hall
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty - Danbury, CT
Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523

I have never heard of these things but they sound like a good idea. I think I'm going to go out and get a few to give to some of my favorite clients.

March 01, 2010 06:23 PM #24
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Roland Woodworth
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
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Sounds like an interesting gadget.  I have never heard of this

March 01, 2010 07:05 PM #25
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Richard, I must say I have not heard of these.  Interesting concept indeed and one that could save thousands in dollars and alot of stress to boot!

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Richard - That is so important to know.

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