POSTED ON November 29, 2019
Did you know that water damage is one of the most common home insurance claims? Undetected leaks, burst pipes, floods and more can all be devastating to your home. A smart water leak detection system can help you prevent thousands of dollars in damage. This device alerts you if water shows up where it shouldn’t be. Because a smart leak detector can be connected to a smartphone, you can receive real-time alerts about what’s happening at home, no matter where you are in the world.
Before smart devices came along, home water leak detection meant looking at your water meter and calling the billing company if you noticed a discrepancy from your normal use. Not only was this time consuming, but it made it tricky to determine exactly where the issue was arising. And that’s only if you happened to catch it before a small leak became a big problem.
Now, you can simply install a smart leak detector in common trouble areas like near your sump pump and pipes or by common appliances like a water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, toilets, and sinks. Hook the device up via Wi-Fi and you’ll know immediately if there’s a problem at hand.
Of course, the number one reason to install a water leak detector is to prevent damage. Flooring, carpet, rugs, baseboards and more can be a pain to replace if they suffer from water damage. You might even have to look at the subfloor to make sure there’s not a mold issue. And if your electronics come into contact with water, forget it. You don’t want to invest in new, expensive appliances because of a water incident at home.
And, of course, we can’t forget about the items that cannot be replaced. Essential documents, old photographs, and memorabilia are all susceptible to devastating water damage. Investing in a water leak detection system can help you preserve your most valuable items and ensure your home doesn’t suffer from lasting damage.
Investing in home water leak detection also has cost savings. First and foremost, you can save on your water bill by making sure small leaks aren’t costing you dollars every single day. You’ll also save from expensive repairs for damages as we mentioned previously.
Many insurance companies also offer a break on your home insurance if you install these devices. That means a small one-time investment can end up paying for itself almost immediately!
For the same reason you turn off the water when brushing your teeth, you want to monitor how much unnecessary water usage happening within your home. A water sensor can help make sure you don’t have water running through your pipes day and night. It’s an easy way to do your part for the environment without having to exert any additional effort.
We’ve seen how a home water leak detection system can help you prevent damage, save money, and do your part for the environment. Now, all you have to do is decide which brand to buy. Let’s look at some of the top brands on the market and what sets them apart.
One of the many benefits of the Insteon Water Leak Sensor is that there is no drilling or wiring required. Simply set it on the floor near a susceptible area. And, because it has a battery life of up to 10 years, you can just set it and forget it! If the battery happens to run low, you’ll receive a notification when it’s time to swap it out.
This model connects to an Insteon Hub, so you can receive email alerts or push notifications in the event of a leak. Unfortunately, if you don’t have the hub, the only alert you’ll receive is an alarm on the sensor.
The iHome Smart Water Leak Sensor is another popular option on the market. This model features two sensors on one device – one on the main body and one connected to a 6ft probe. This allows you to measure water levels in two places within the same room.
One of the best features of the iHome sensor is that you don’t need to connect it to a hub to receive alerts on your smart devices if water is detected. The device is connected via Wi-Fi so you only need an internet connection to stay tuned to what’s happening at home. The device also puts out a loud alarm that can be heard from the main floor even if the device is in the basement.
If you do have an iHome Hub, you can set it up so that your smart lights and smart fans turn on if water is detected through the sensor. This makes it easier and faster to clean up any leak.
The Fibaro Z Wave Wireless Flood Sensor is a popular water leak detection system because it automatically shuts off the water flow in case of an emergency. This means that even if you’re across the world when a leak occurs, your home is protected.
In addition to detecting water, the Fibaro sensor can also measure the temperature of a room. If you happen to have heated floors, your device can help send information to the control system to ensure your home is always just the way you like it.
The tamper alarm on the device also alerts you if a pet or person has messed with the device. This makes it ideal for a space that is rented to others like a vacation home or Airbnb. And, of course, all of these alerts are sent straight to your smart device – no hub required.
The Honeywell Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector offers so many options for monitoring your home environment. Not only do you receive alerts when a leak is detected, but you can also measure the humidity of a room and get notified when the water drops below a certain temperature to prevent freezing.
In addition to receiving alerts in an emergency, you can also enable alerts to be sent to a friend or neighbor. That way, if you’re not home, someone can still be on the way to check things out.
This sensor connects directly to Wi-Fi, so no hub is needed. And if you do have other Honeywell home products, you can connect your lights, door locks and alarms. Imagine – a water leak is detected and you’re alerted, so you call your neighbor. The lights come on and the back door unlocks so it’s easy for them to come in and investigate while you’re away on vacation.
The Honeywell sensor also includes an additional 4ft cable sensor so you can extend your covered area. Not only are both sensors capable of detecting water, but so is the entire length of the cable. If needed, you can also purchase additional sensors so your entire house is safe and protected from devastating water damage.
If water does come into contact with the device, that’s okay. You can simply wipe it off and place it back for further use.
If you’re ready to protect your home from water damage, a leak detection and automatic water shutoff system is the way to go. If you’re still not sure which option is best for you, consider partnering with a smart home professional. Our team of electricians at Super Electric can help you assess your home and figure out the best option for your needs and budget.
Contact Super Electric to get started today.