A friend of mine had a leaky upstairs toilet, and he didn’t find the problem until it had caused $40,000 in damage to his home. The water destroyed flooring, sheet-rock, and some framing. Zircon’s Leak Alert electronic water detector could’ve saved my friend some grief — you simply place it near sinks, toilets, sump pumps, fish tanks, water heaters, or any other appliances that use water, and the Leak Alert does the rest.
Just like a smoke detector warns you of a fire, the Leak Alert sounds a very loud alarm when it gets wet. It’ll keep the 95dB alarm blaring for up to 72 hours, and it even floats — so if you leave for work or even the weekend, the alarm will still be sounding when you return. It runs on a 9V battery and will beep periodically when the battery gets low.
Zircon, the maker of the original stud finder, has done it again with another problem-solving tool. You can find the Leak Alert at many hardware and big box stores for around $12 — very reasonable considering the alternative.