This is definitely not an advertisement for Zircon water detectors. If you can find another brand that you like, by all means, but the important take away here is that water detectors in your home are invaluable. Make sure to find one with Wi-Fi capability. I'm actually thinking about adding a few in my rental property as a precaution.
I experienced a water leak in a basement apartment recently and by the time we caught it, the new high-end laminate floor that we installed was literally floating on top of the water! You might ask how that could happen. The kitchen faucet was faulty and was leaking straight down the back of the sink cabinet. The water had penetrated the underside of the flooring from that point and then just followed the path of least resistance under the flooring. Walking across the floor caused water to seep up between the floor boards and we knew we had a mess.
Needless to say, all of the flooring had to be pulled and trashed. We replaced the faucet and then waited a period of time for the cement floor to dry out completely before laying a new one. Fun, huh?
I went searching for water detectors and found the Zircon model you see in the photo. I especially like this one and not just because it's an inexpensive model. It'll text me the location of the alarm (you can assign a location to each one) the moment it detects water. It also emits a loud audible alarm. The instructions will state that it has to email you and doesn't give you the option to add your phone number for a text, but I found a workaround for that. Instead of entering my email address, I entered firstname.lastname@example.org. Most cell phone carriers will provide you with an email similar to mine so that you can receive an email as a text message.
I now have one of these anywhere there's water in my home. I want to know the moment there's a leak. Even if I'm not home, I can call a neighbor and ask them to go in and turn off the main water valve until I return. Stay dry and sane!😫