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The one small item you need to prevent big water damage

Water loss prevention in wichita KSWhen you hear the words “water event,” do you think of flooded rivers, rain storms and Mother Nature? Or do you consider broken water tanks, busted pipes and overflowing toilets?

An estimated 80 percent of water damage occurs in the home, according to Pete Duncanson, director of training delivery for ServiceMaster Restore in Memphis, Tenn. Areas prone to leaks – such as washing machine and refrigerator lines, sump pumps, water heaters and floor drains – can cause serious damage if left unattended.

“The key is to stop a leak before it becomes a loss,” said Jerry Winkley, owner of ServiceMaster Clean In A Wink in Wichita, Hutchinson, Winfield and Derby, Kan. “The sooner you catch and stop the source of water, the less severe the damage is likely to be.”

Water alarms quickly alert you when water problems are just beginning, allowing you to catch the water before it spreads and avoid costly insurance claims and serious water damage.

Since water alarms are small and portable, they are easy to place in high-risk areas where water is prone to leak. Similar to a smoke detector, a water alarm emits a loud beep when it detects water intrusion. ServiceMaster Clean In A Wink has water alarms available for $19.95 each.

Here’s what to look for when choosing water alarms for your home or office:

  • Sensitivity. You want something that will alert you whether there is a little dampness or standing water.
  • Penetration. Look for alarms with sensors that penetrate deep enough in the carpet fibers to give you early warning.
  • Volume. If you are hard of hearing or take frequent trips away, consider investing in “screamer” alarms that will emit an extra loud beep – for days if needed – to get your or a neighbor’s attention. These are good to use in areas you don’t frequently check.

Contact ServiceMaster Clean In A Wink at 316-685-2325 for more information or to purchase water alarms for your home, office and clients.