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Old 11-29-2007, 04:00 PM   #1
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Is there any type of simple alarm system which can detect when a basement is flooding? I would like to have something mainly at the water heater location so as soon as it starts to leak an alarm will sound upstairs?

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Most alarms I know of won't sound until you have quite a bit of water down there.
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Is there any type of simple alarm system which can detect when a basement is flooding? I would like to have something mainly at the water heater location so as soon as it starts to leak an alarm will sound upstairs?
Yes, you can buy a basement watchdog model for $10 at home depot, or go to harbor freight and buy one for $.99.

http://www.basementwatchdog.com/water_alarm.htm
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I got a battery powered moisture alarm at ACE Hardware a couple years ago for about $5. It sits on the ground, and when the two contacts are moist it makes a piercing racket! Very sensitive, and very loud.
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Better yet, find one that is capable of driving a solenoid open, in the event you have a detection of water, the solenoid closes to the HW tank feed piping, at least that way you limit the amount of water spilled to the capacity of the tank.

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In addition to the sound alarm, you might want to add a mobile app that can alert you when the alarm is activated while you're not home (or sleeping soundly.) There are several free apps at the Google Play Store, like Sentector http://bit.ly/VKCci9.
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Do you have a sump pump installed? Rather than just spending the money on the alarm, you can always opt for a back up sump pump with a built in alarm feature.

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I agree that a sump pump is definitely a great choice, but an alarm is still used with a sump pump. Remember sump pumps, like all motors, will eventually fail. I installed a PitBoss Cellular Pump Alarm and it gave me instant piece of mind. Now when I travel I don't have to send neighbors or family members over during a storm to make sure my pit is overflowing with water. Instead, the unit just sends me the text, then I can send my brother-in-law over (who happens to be a plumber) and he can help prevent water damage. It was really easy to install, too!

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