Water leak sensors-features of use

Water leak sensors provide early detection of moisture leakage and prevent water flooding. They are used in households as well as in industry and are available in various versions.

What are water detectors?

Water detectors work the same way as smoke detectors, only if the latter warn of smoke formation, then leak sensors notify of the appearance of water. They essentially consist of a control unit, an alarm unit, and a large number of sensors that continuously check their surroundings. There is an electrical resistance between the sensors, which decreases when water enters. Registering a change in resistance triggers the switch and therefore an alarm. This can be an acoustic signal (siren), an optical indicator (led), or an alarm message via SMS or call in the case of a water sensor built into a smart home. Since water sensors indicate an early water leak, they make it possible to respond immediately, thereby preventing serious damage.

Water leakage sensors are used in everyday life, in enterprises and public institutions, as well as in industry. It is generally recommended to install the detector wherever there are devices, machines, or objects equipped with a direct connection to water. These include washing machines, dishwashers, showers, bathtubs, heating systems, and aquariums. Especially in hard-to-reach places in the house, such as in the basement or in the boiler room, it is recommended to use a water sensor, as it can warn you about leaks in a timely manner.

What types of water detectors exist?

Water sensors are available in many versions, depending on the equipment, range of functions and complexity suitable for different applications.

Battery and network water sensors

Water detectors can be divided into battery and network versions. Battery-powered water sensors are particularly popular among private users. The advantage is that you can determine your location anywhere without having access to the nearest electrical outlet. Network-powered water detectors provide less flexibility. However, they are a good choice for continuous monitoring, since they are always supplied with electricity and do not require replacement of the battery. Many models with mains power are able to control another device after reaching a certain water level (for example, in a tank). Thus, the water sensor detects the water level and, if necessary, activates the pump, drains the water and lowers the water level. Mains-powered water sensors are powered directly from an electrical outlet.

Water detector for industrial applications

There are external sensors that can be mounted on a wall or on a raised platform. They consist of a Central controller and a cable to which the water sensors are connected. They register the humidity in the environment and transmit the information to the controller. Such sensors are particularly useful in industrial and commercial applications because they are usually in control of a very extensive region.