According to the Environmental Protection Agency, average household leaks can account for 10,000 gallons of water lost per year. In addition, 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste up to 90 gallons per day. That’s incredibly wasteful. Which is why it’s important to detect the leaks in your home before they get worse. Normally, leaks are pretty visible, but it’s the ones that are hard to see that you need to watch out for. That’s when leak detectors come in! When it comes to purchasing these devices, it’s important to do a bit of research before you decide which type and brand you want to buy. Luckily, the pros at Leak Finders have done much of the research for you. Check out this guide on the best water leak detectors available.
DIY Leak Detection
Before we get into leak detection devices, it’s important to know some of these simple, cheap DIY leak detection methods!
- The Food Coloring Method
This is a helpful trick if you suspect you have a toilet leak, specifically in your toilet tank. Simply put a few drops of food coloring in your tank and see if the coloring appears in your toilet bowl in a few minutes. If you quickly notice some food coloring, you might have a toilet leak.
- Check for Wall Discoloration
If you think you have a leak in the pipe fittings behind your wall, keep an eye of any signs of discoloration on your walls or bubbling paint and wallpaper.
- Check Your Water Meter
Turn off all water-dependent appliances in your home and all faucets. Check your water meter and mark the numbers on it. Come back in an hour and check the meter again—if you notice the numbers have changed, you might have a water leak!
Best Leak Detectors
If you’re looking for the best leak detectors, here are a few:
- The Honeywell Wi-Fi Leak Detector
If you place this leak detector near your sink, washers, water heaters, sump pumps, it will use the sensors at the base of its unit to detect any leaks. Once it senses a leak, it can alert you through your phone. In addition, this leak detector can also detect humidity and temperature changes that could lead to frozen pipes. This detector is $79 and has a battery life of 3 years.
- Zircon Leak Alert
You can put this device under sinks, near water heaters, in crawlspaces, near toilets and dishwashers. Once this device gets wet, it will sound an alarm thus indicating a leak right when it begins. This device is battery operated and allows for complete automatic operation. There are various version of this device—some are wi-fi connected, some come with cables. You can look through your options here to find the one best for you!
- Flume Smart Home Water Monitor
This is another smart water detector that can easily be connected to your phone and installed without plumbing or wiring. In addition to providing leak related updates, it can also go on vacation mode and work with high efficiency and accuracy. Learn more about this leak detector here! It is slightly more expensive than the last two detectors with a price of $199.
Have more questions about the best water detectors? Call Leak Finders today at 804-767-3580 or schedule a service today.