A water leak can cause an enormous amount of damage to your home in a very short amount of time. The areas with the most potential for failure are your hot water tank, faulty toilet valves, and the water lines to your:
- Dish Washer
- Ice Maker
- Washing machine
We have all heard stories from friends and acquaintances where a water line ruptured and destroyed an entire hardwood floor, basement or cause damage to multiple floors where the water made it’s way down. All of this can happen in a few hours. What could happen over the weekend or while you are on vacation?
Fortunately all of this is easily prevented with water sensors and a shutoff valve. There is even a new flow sensor that can be attached to the outside of your main waterline that can detect even small amounts of water flow. This way you can have it setup to immediately shut off the water if flow is detected when no one is home, preventing the damage before the water even gets to the sensor.
This may sound difficult, complex and expensive, but it is not. Almost every security system installed in the last few years supports a wireless technology called “Z-Wave“. This is how the sensors, door locks, lighting, and more, communicate. If you have an older security system, in most cases you can just add a home automation controller like one from Clare Controls and you now have more capabilities than some of these new security systems without the monthly fees. There are no wires to run, I simply pair the sensors and/or water valve with the security system or home automation controller, set up some rules and notifications and you are protected. The sensors are completely wireless and the batteries last up to 2½ years. At only $99 per sensor, you can place one at the dishwasher, one behind the washing machine, one by the hot water tank… your get the idea.
I have had many people ask me “Why didn’t the people at [Securty Company] tell me about this?”. I don’t know why the security companies are not promoting this. The irony is that you are far more likely to experience water damage than a break-in. A water sensor is low-cost and easy to added to almost any system. Click on the button below to contact me today and learn how Intelligent Homes Canada can protect your home from one of the most common and costly sources of damage.