I never considered the pains from the impact of Water Heater leak damages until we bought a home that has one in the attic as opposed to the garage. Whatever the reasons are for placing these things in the attic or even a basement, we had to find a way to help prevent the major damage that comes when these types equipment break. Typically, by the time one realizes that he has a water leak, the damage is already done and it is then all about making repairs.
We have had two broken water heaters since living here as well as leaks under the kitchen and bathrooms sinks. Fortunately for us, we placed water leak sensing devices in the areas where water leaks are possible so we were alerted before any damage occurred. These little devices can save us from tapping into our emergency funds or the headaches of having a claim on our insurance.
Water Leak sensors are available with many options these days and each person should choose what is suitable for their case. We originally used the Zircon leak sensor, which requires one to be within hearing distance to hear it go off, but now we are using the remotely monitored option available from Samsung, which requires the use of the Smart Things hub. These remotely monitored sensors keep us up to date on the status of the sensors no matter where we are as long as we have data connection.
When the last water leak occurred, I was lying in bed around 11 pm when my phone alerted me of an event. I checked and realized that the water heater leak sensor in the attic was triggered. I ran upstairs, turned off the water line, put on a hose to drain the water out of the tank, dried the drain pan and sensor, re-positioned the sensor then went to bed. The replacement was dealt with the next day without any damage or drama. It is my hope that that anyone having such an unfortunate event would have a similar experience as opposed to the other devastating possibilities.