System can forestall costly damage from high water

Water damage not only can be extremely costly, but it can also have devastating effects, leaving a trail of mold and bacteria in your home. Cleanup and repair can easily run into thousands of dollars.

Here’s a great product to help keep you informed in case of just such an emergency.

It’s called a high water warning system. Now there’s more to this than one might think. At first
glance, you’d think that if this unit senses water, it lets out an ear-piercing alarm, right? Well … right. But did you know it can also call you on your cell phone in case you aren’t home?

Here’s how it works. Powered by a pair of simple 9-volt batteries, this compact warning system is mounted in the vicinity of your sump pump or any potential source of water that might want to get out of hand.

There are two wires or leads that come from the unit and these are to be placed where you want
to be alerted if the water level reaches that point. The two leads are simply an open-ended circuit.
Since water can conduct electricity and in this case, 9 volts of power, the two leads get submersed, and the water carries thecurrent between the two wires, completing the circuit — and that’s what sets the off the alarm. Aside from blaring an audible alarm if you are home to hear it, it also allows you to program in any phone number you wish and calls with a recorded message to alert you that the water level has reached its target and is not being taken care of.

Whether it’s a broken sump pump, power outage, at the office, or out of town, this little baby can save you thousands of dollars in the event of that unexpected emergency, yeahhh buddy.

Joel Wensley is a licensed mechanical contractor in the state of Michigan, a WJBK-TV Fox2 Detroit news contributor and president of Mechanical Heating & Cooling in Dearborn Heights.