Water is one of the basic necessities for human survival, and yet, it doubles as one of the most destructive forces in nature. Even the tiniest drops of water left unchecked in a home can lead to mold and mildew. Bigger issues like leaks or burst pipes can warp flooring, destroy insulation, and much more.
Thankfully, today’s smart home devices can alert you if moisture is detected and potentially help save your home from water damage.
Here’s how you can use smart home devices to protect your home from water damage.
Utilize smart water sensors
Ideally, place smart water sensors in basements, under cabinets, and anywhere pipes are present in order to potentially detect leaks. When it senses a leak, the sensor sounds an audible alarm and sends a push notification to your smartphone. Also, consider installing smart water sensors near toilets, sinks, and even around hot water heaters.
When you have a leak, the first course of action is to shut off water to the home to stop the water flow and prevent further damage. But what happens if you’re not home, or if a leak springs in the middle of the night?
Set up a smart siren
智能警报通常结合使用a security system. These devices have one purpose, and one purpose only: to make as much noise as possible and let the homeowner know something is wrong.
You can install a siren and link it to your water sensors. Set the siren to trigger if the sensor detects water within the home, and it will leave no doubt that you need to inspect the situation.
Install a freeze detector
Water leaks are commonly caused by burst pipes. When winter rolls around, an exposed water pipe can easily freeze and fracture, and homeowners only find out when it’s too late – after the water starts spewing.
A freeze detector can alert you if your pipes get too cold. Use them around vulnerable pipes, such as those in a basement or under the house in less-insulated areas. If the temperature drops below a certain threshold, the sensor will send an alert to your smartphone.
Patrick Hearn is an Atlanta-based tech writer forXfinity Home。当不研究最新的小工具或家庭安全解决方案时，可以在最新的咖啡店找到他的最新倾倒。