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Learn about Smart Water Leak Detector

Smart Water Leak Detector

While most homeowners will rely on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to protect their homes, many do not consider the potential value of a water leak detector. Broken supply lines, burst pipes, failing water fixtures, and even cracks in your foundation can lead to a messy and expensive water damage repair. Similar to smoke detectors, water leak detectors monitor and are able to alert you if water is detected within the device's area. Smart water leak detectors connect to the internet via your homes existing Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave or a hub and are capable of sending alerts to smartphones and smart devices no matter where you are.

Areas that are prone to water leaks include your water heater closet, sump pump, laundry room, toilet, bathroom sink, kitchen sink, and basement.

It's essential to review the smart water leak detectors operational requirements. Some devices may require a hub for connectivity and functionality, while others may connect directly through Wi-Fi. Some smart water leak detectors require an outlet while others can be powered by a CR2-type, AA, or 3V battery. The typical battery life of most devices is 1-1.5 years. Many devices work with multiple hubs such as Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, but it is still important to confirm that the device is compatible with your home setup. Devices can come in various shapes and sizes. Ensure that you select a device that not only meets your needs but one that will also fit in the intended space.

Most smart water leak detectors are reusable even after detecting a water leak or being submerged in water. Devices that operate using AA batteries allow you to take advantage of rechargeable batteries, thus reducing the number of depleted batteries that could end up in a local landfill.

While water leak detection may not seem as important as a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, the average water leak is estimated to cost $7,000. According to the insurance industry, water damage is far more common than fire or carbon monoxide.