Water Damage Prevention with Smart Home Innovations

September 28, 2019 | Blog

It doesn’t take long for water to do some catastrophic damage to your home.  In fact, water damage is one of the leading causes of loss for homeowners.  Average water repair and mitigation costs are around $3,000.  All these things put together means that there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the risks of water damage.

There are things you can do like regular maintenance, upkeep, and observation to help lessen your risk.  But, did you know that there are some amazing smart technology tools available that are easy to use and offer innovative ways to protect your home against even the smallest leaks?  Let’s look at some of the smart sensor tools available and how they can help you avoid the mess of water damage.

What are Water Sensors?

  • Water sensors or water alarms are devices that detect the presence of water. They are often attached to pipes, appliances, or fixtures and sense when there is a leak or water that has touched the floor.

 How Do Water Sensors Work?

  • When water is detected by a sensor a signal is sent out. Simple models may send an audible alert through a home alarm.  Newer smart technologies send out notifications using an app that can be read on a smartphone.
  • There are systems available that can detect leaks throughout the home and automatically turn off water at the first sign of water or a possible leak. Many of these systems also give you the ability to use your smart devices to turn water off and on in the home.  That means control of your homes water supply from anywhere in just a matter of seconds.

 Where Do You Place Water Sensors?

  • There are places in the home that are the most susceptible to water damage. Anywhere there is a source that provides the potential for a water leak may be a good place for a sensor.  Some of these places include near washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, toilets, refrigerators with ice makers and dispensers, and furnaces connected to water systems.

 What Water Sensors are Available?

  • There is a wide range of choices when it comes to water detection systems. Systems range in price and in what functions they will perform.  Some are simple in form, battery-operated, and require little to set up.  Others may require professional installation from a plumber, use cable connections, and connect to other smart systems and WIFI.
  • Systems can be found online and in most home improvement stores. If you’d like to check out the some of the newest and most innovative systems available follow this link.

You want to do your best to protect your home.  Water damage can be costly and an absolute nightmare to deal with.  Luckily, there are some new tools available that are providing extra protection for homeowners.  These technologies are a great addition to any home and having them in place may help you avoid a water loss.

 

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Additional Resources & References:

https://www.consumerreports.org/home-maintenance-repairs/smart-home-devices-that-stop-leaks-and-water-damage/

https://www.howtogeek.com/352829/water-leak-sensors-the-most-overlooked-smarthome-device-you-probably-dont-have/

https://blog.nationwide.com/smart-devices-prevent-water-loss/

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