Fixing a leak right before any major water damage occurs can save a lot of money, and decrease the potential for loss of personal possessions and unnecessary safety concerns. But sometimes you don’t know you have a leak until it is too late.
Water damage is the number one cause of loss for homeowner insurance claims. It results when water escapes the plumbing, leaks through the roof, from flooding caused by storms, or other various household issues, like broken seals, clogged lines, loose connections, excess water pressure, and more. Even a small amount of water can heavily damage walls, ceilings, floors, or other contents in the home. To avert water damage in your home, you can install a water leak detector.
What is a smart leak detector or sensor?
Smart water leak detectors or smart water sensors can detect water and help prevent excess moisture or even flooding that could result from faulty pipes or appliances. When a water leak occurs, water leak sensors set off a physical alarm or trigger an alert to be sent to your smartphone or computer via Wi-Fi. Some smart leak detectors can even automatically shut off valves to prevent major water damage.
How does a smart water leak detector work?
The main principle behind smart water leak detection is that all leaks produce some sort of sound. Water leaks have different frequencies made by the type of leak whether it’s coming from pipes that are under greater pressure or from pipes that are under lower pressure and from the contents of these pipes.
These water leaks then transmit a frequency that is captured up by the smart water leak detector and an alert is sent on your smartphone.
Now, here are some great reasons as to why you need a smart leak detector for Spring:
1.) Water Safety
Simply having a water supply is not enough – you also need to know if the water is safe to use as well. If the water supply pipes are leaking it could also mean that contaminants are getting into the water as well causing safety concerns around using that water. Having a water leak detection system can provide homeowners and families with peace of mind.
2.) The Cost of your Water Bill
Water isn’t free, that’s why it’s important to know that the water you’re paying for is not being unnecessarily wasted. When you have a professional install a water leak detector, you’ll have the ability to shut off the valve to the water supply with just a touch of the button. This ensures the safety of your home, but also peace of mind for the pocketbook.
3.) Smart leak detection technology is dynamic
Smart leak detector systems vary from brand to brand, but it’s common for a system to include three main components that are controlled by an app for smartphones or tablets:
Sensors – These can be placed at specific points in a home where water leaks are possible. This will allow you to customize a leak detection solution based on your customers’ needs or concerns.
Shut off valves – As with the sensors, shut off valves can also be installed at strategic locations. Installation by a licensed plumber is usually necessary.
Hub – A centralized hub seamlessly integrates the sensors with the shut-off valves and relays information to the system’s app.
4.) Smart leak detector system takes little time and effort
As mentioned above, certain shut-off valves must be installed by a licensed plumber if cutting into a water line is required. For plumbing professionals, this is no different than installing a standard brass valve. Once again, the specific shut-off valves vary as per the brand, but they are available in standard domestic sizes for easy installation.
Once the shut-off valves and other components are in place, the setup of a smart water leak detector can be easily done through the respective app on your smartphone or tablet. This will allow you to choose settings based on your needs.
Are Water Leak Sensors Worth It?
Water damage can be incredibly costly, more costly than the cost of a water leak detection system. At Crystal Heating & Cooling, we recommend installing smart water-leak sensors to protect your home and provide peace of mind when you aren’t home. The best smart water leak sensors are both proactive and preventative. They have the ability to detect leaks before homeowners even notice the effects of one, plus monitor the temperature to prevent your pipes from freezing, and provide automatic shut off should anything severe arise.
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