Aside from mother nature, there is another kind of flood that happens in homes quite unexpectedly and without the benefit of a storm warning. Water heaters are an often-overlooked appliance whose neglect can result in devastating financial consequences.

While there are two kinds of water heaters—ones that come with and without tanks—both types may experience leaks as a result of pressure buildup. The worst place a water heater can be installed is in the attic and most companies recommend that you place water heaters in areas like the basement or garage.



According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), 69% of all water heater failures result from a slow leak or a sudden burst and generally cost as average of $4,444 per incident after the deductible is paid.

It usually begins with a slow leak and erupts with sudden burst which can result in ceiling fixtures ending up in bathtubs, giant holes punched in the wall as well as wood floors, carpets and other expensive furniture becoming ruined with water damage.

While the cause of water heater failure can vary, some mistakes in installation cause problems like having the wrong size heater for your home or soldering fittings directly onto the water heater which can melt plastic parts and cause serious damage. Drain pans, when property set up still only provide a few minutes of advanced notification, and that’s only if someone is around to notice that the pan has over owed.


While you can’t depend on the emergency broadcast system for help, you can lean on cellular technology to provide a solution. It is possible to set up sensors that will periodically monitor the temperature and pressure relief valves as well as the drain valve at the bottom portion of the tank. When the sensors detect a threshold related to pressure buildup or an excess amount of water in the pan, a text message can be sent the homeowner letting them know that there is a potential problem brewing.

Using cellular based smart home technology to provide even just a few hours’ notice can save individuals from potentially catastrophic situations.


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