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31 Days of Handy Home Fixes – Day 1 – Protect from Water Leaks

31 Days of Handy Home Fixes | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome to Day 1 of my 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. I am always amazed at how a great house can fall into disrepair. This doesn’t have to happen. Each day you can learn a quick fix for your home. For the entire month of October I’ll be bringing you tips and fixes you can do to protect your home, save money and save time. Follow along to learn a new tip each day. Also check out other participants in Nester’s 31 Days Challenge.

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Day 1. Protect Your Home from Water Leaks

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably read about the great leak of 2012. We ended up having to gut our kitchen and rebuild it. Unless you want to rebuild your kitchen from scratch, there’s a simple device you can use to protect your home from a costly leaks.

Simply purchase a few of these Water Sensor and Alarms:

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They cost $10 each, but they can save you thousands of dollars! Add batteries and put one underneath every sink. Place one behind the clothes washer and your fridge too!  Speaking of your fridge, here’s how to prevent an ice maker leak.


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15 replies
  1. kris Kleiman
    kris Kleiman says:

    I have the wire sensor attached to mine and it’s duct taped two inches from the top of my sump pump well. If the water starts getting too high, then I can take action before I have a basement flood.

  2. Sydney
    Sydney says:

    Zircon sells some great Leak Alert water detectors as well. I have some in my home and they saved me more than once. 🙂

  3. Amanda Sue
    Amanda Sue says:

    I passed this on to my Mom! She just found out that they’ve had a water heater leak…and they’re not sure how long it’s been going on…so I’ve sent this over to here so she can look into those sensors. 🙂

  4. Emily @ Tips on Life and Love
    Emily @ Tips on Life and Love says:

    I had the craziest experience recently–there was a water alarm in my kitchen under the sink, but I didn’t know it (I rent an apartment). But the battery was dying, so–just like a fire alarm–it started to chirp. In a really annoying way. But I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, it wasn’t coming from my fire alarm. Anyhow, the super came and found the water alarm. Didn’t know such a thing existed. But it makes sense! And now that we replaced the battery, I’m happy to have it.

  5. Cheryl M
    Cheryl M says:

    I’m definitely following your tips this month! I can’t get my husband to do ANYTHING since he retired. I’m pretty handy and guess I’ll just have to take care of these things myself! So I’m looking forward to your tips!

  6. paula
    paula says:

    I am a recent widow who now has to do all of this myself….I am thrilled to have found your 31 Days and have bookmarked it. I am already needing to do both Day 1 And Day 2. Thank you for helping me….

  7. Colleen Taylor
    Colleen Taylor says:

    This is fabulous Brittany! I’m getting several of these. I just had a friend email the other day from Denver with the horrible ordeal of a reverse osmosis leakage during the night. Destroyed all their walls in their basement & some of the upstairs as well. She was a long time client of mine & some of the faux walls were completely destroyed. She’s trying to tempt me to move back to Denver to re-do all of this but I just can’t. I feel so badly for her. Thank you!


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  1. […] Having a water pipe freeze and burst is not a disaster I wish to experience. Water leaks, mold, termite damage and asbestos are plenty of experiences for one handy girl. Given my experience with water leaks, I will do everything I can to prevent future leaks (including installing water leak detectors.) […]

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