Smart Home Tech: Don’t Forget the Basement

Smart Home Tech: Don’t Forget the Basement

Written By

John Lister

Even in properties with a wealth of smart home tech, it’s easy to forget about a basement — after all, you most likely don’t use it every day. But while it may not house your most valuable possessions, it’s still a potential source of several risks, and simply sticking a smoke alarm on the ceiling isn’t enough. Here’s how you can extend home security technology to take control of the risks in your basement.


To protect against intruders, motion detectors that connect to an alarm system and automatically switch on when you leave the home are a must. Smart security cameras can also detect movement, and then trigger a remote notification to your smartphone or tablet, or they can even send a live feed to your portable screen. For added efficiency, you can set some smart cameras up to only record in your basement when they detect movement, rather than recording hours of footage where nothing happens.

If your basement has windows that you open for ventilation, it’s easy to forget to close them before leaving the house. By installing sensors, you can automatically get a warning of an open window when you leave home. Depending on your setup, the alert could be set to occur when a window is open after you lock the front door or take your mobile device a certain distance away from home.


Intruders aren’t the only threat to your basement. Flooding can be devastating, and early detection is often the only chance you have to save your possessions. Even more importantly, smart home tech can give you early warning of a potential threat to the safety of those in your household, letting you escape your property before your exit routes are blocked.

Look for a smart home security system that includes flood sensors, preferably with notifications to a mobile device rather than only sounding the alarm in your home itself.


Basements will nearly always be cooler than the rest of your house, so when it merely feels chilly on the ground floor, it can be freezing on the bottom level. This can be a serious problem if you have pipes or a washing machine in the basement that could crack when the water freezes and subsequently leak when it thaws.

If your smart home system has an option for temperature sensors, be sure to take it so that you give yourself the chance to cut the water supply to the basement if needed.

Prevent frozen pipes with smart home tech

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Smart home tech is increasingly giving older people the chance to remain independent in their own homes, as they can reach relatives when needed and even have family remotely monitor their safety. An elderly person suffering a fall or other medical problem while in a basement could be in a scary position, unable to climb the stairs or reach the phone nearby.

One solution is a smart camera than includes an alert feature. By pressing a single button, the householder can immediately notify a friend or relative, who will get a message through an app on their mobile device. Some setups not only initiate a voice call, but also allow the person receiving the alert to immediately see a live feed from the camera, letting them better assess the situation.

For more assistance and tips on securing your basement with smart home tech, call the experts at Vivint today.