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Water Sensors: Your Alarm System's Fringe Benefit

Posted by: Billy Eaton Posted Date: 03/14/2013


Extra Protection from your Alarm System

With Mother Nature still fighting with Wiarton Willy about when spring is going to finally arrive, maybe it’s a good time to talk about something most people aren’t aware their alarm system can do. Your home alarm system can protect you against more than the intrusion of people. If you are susceptible to having a flood in your basement, then a water sensor may be a great addition to your home alarm.

Imagine it, you’ve just finished your basement, paid tens of thousands of dollars to lay that flooring, have it drywalled and painted. Heck, maybe you even spent a lot of money on that basement theatre you always wanted. Now imagine that your sump pump stops working. It’s possible. Maybe the breaker trips, maybe there is something faulty about the pump itself, maybe you unplugged it to use the outlet and forgot to plug it back in, but whatever the reason your sump pump is not doing its job. Spring is almost here and with the snow continuing to fall, we will have a lot of water looking for a place to go. If it’s your newly finished basement, shouldn’t you protect that investment you’ve made?

A water sensor can let you know when water is rising out of your sump pump and is threatening to move through the rest of your basement. By placing the water sensor close to your sump pump, close to the floor, when water rises, it closes the circuit and creates an alarm condition. Then very much like a break in, the phone calls begin, to you, your spouse, and anybody on your call list. Knowing that your basement is slowly flooding can give you time to address the issue before it takes hold of your whole basement. Talk to your security provider today about installing a flood sensor in your home. You don’t have an alarm but are interested in the flood protection? Give us a call 1-866-878-4634. Because at SECUR-U we are, Working Together for a Safer Community.

Testing Your Security System

Posted by: Doug Penson Posted Date: 08/17/2010


Testing Your Security System


Security Systems are generally programmed to send an automatic weekly test to the central station to verify regular communication at a random hour selected by the technician,

If the weekly test or any signal does not transmit to the station your security alarm keypad should indicate a trouble signal that will bring the awareness to the home or business owner that a problem has occurred on their alarm system.    A trouble light can symbolize several issues with your security system from a power failure, low battery, zone fault, clock error or failure to communicate.   All of these issues should be addressed in a timely fashion so that the integrity of the system is not affected. 

My recommendation is to test all of your security systems areas of protection known in our industry as zones such as windows, doors, glass break detectors, water sensors, motion detectors and smoke detectors on a regular basis (monthly would be great) to verify that each device is working effectively, which will also provide additional peace of mind knowing that your family and property is protected properly. 

Here are the steps to test your system correctly:

a) contact your central station and place your account on test, this way signals can be ignored to prevent dispatching the police, fire or ambulance.  You will need your account/system number available when calling

b) Once on test, arm your security system then open and close the door to arm your motions (away mode) and wait until the exit delay has expired

c) Trip each individual protection area such as doors and motions, you should hear an audible alarm sound and each zone that is tripped should be indicated by a zone number, LED or zone description on the keypad depending on the model of your keypad.

d) Once every zone/area has been tripped, disarm your system by entering your code.

e) Your alarm panel will capture or seize your phone line until all signals and communications have been sent to the monitoring facility.

f) Contact the central station to verify that all the zone areas were indeed tripped as it is possible that a zone could sound the alarm but not communicate to the station. 

g) if you have protection zones that are monitored 24/7 such as fire, flood or co/2…. while your account is on test press and hold the test button on each device or present a damp cloth to the water sensor probe to engage the device, you do not need to submerge the device in water. Depending on your system you may need to enter your code to disarm, press and hold the reset button or press *72 to disengage your system at the keypad.

If you are uncomfortable to perform this test on your own, click here to contact our office as our staff would be happy to assist you or set-up an appointment for a technician to visit your home or business.

Remember…. At SECUR-U we are “Working Together for a Safer Community”






Residential and Commercial Security Systems

Posted by: Doug Penson Posted Date: 01/15/2010


SECUR-U can help protect your home or business from fire and flood

We all know that a security system is a great way to help keep your home or business safe from burglary. With a few added components your system can also give you 24hr protection from other elements.

SECUR-U can install smoke detectors and water sensors directly into your system to be monitored 24hrs a day and further protect your home or business from fire and flood. For more information on these products, contact our office at 905-878-4634.


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