When you think of home security systems and alarms, if you’re like most people, burglar alarms and smoke detectors are probably the first thing to come to mind. But what about other threats to your home?
When it comes to damage to your home, water damage ranks as one of the most expensive and common. It’s also easy to overlook, especially in areas of the house that you don’t visit often, like utility closets or basements—unless you have Vivint Water Sensors.
Read on to learn more about how Water Sensor works, what it does, and what our customers have to say about it.
Water Leak Sensor basics
A smart water leak detector is a smart home device no homeowner should be without.
Water Sensor is a wi-fi enabled, battery-powered device that is placed in areas of your home prone to water leaks and flooding, like bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, or near appliances like washing machines and HVAC systems.
If moisture is detected, the flood sensor sounds an audible alarm and sends a notification to your smartphone and your home’s Smart Hub, alerting you to the problem.
In addition to detecting water, Water Sensor also acts as a freeze detector. Frozen pipes can be disastrous to homeowners, causing pipes to expand as water inside them freezes, eventually bursting. With its built-in temperature monitoring, you’ll get alerts to extreme drops in temperature that can lead to frozen pipes so you can act fast.
Smart home integration for Water Sensor is simple, and the devices are also DIY-friendly—you can move them to different locations as needed, and maintenance is as simple as monitoring battery life and changing the batteries when needed.
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Why you need a water sensor alarm
Is a water sensor really necessary? Absolutely! It’s an essential component of a smart home and one of the most important smart home devices for preventing damage. Your home is filled with appliances and pipes that can cause serious damage if a leak goes undetected, including:
Appliances that require water to run, such as washing machines or dishwashers
Pipes and indoor plumbing
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about leaking pipes or check potential sources of leaks very often. A smart water sensor placed in locations most likely to experience leaks, like the laundry room, utility room, or basement, can alert you to leaks quickly.
Catch water leaks quickly
Early water leak detection is critical; the sooner a leak is detected, the sooner you can address it. It doesn’t take long for water to cause extensive and expensive damage. As water spreads, it soaks everything it comes across. Baseboards, flooring, carpeting, and furniture immediately start to absorb water, and the longer it is left unchecked, the more damage it can cause.
If leaks occur, experts agree that cleanup and repair should begin no later than 24 hours to minimize serious damage. Water Sensor is fast and accurate, so you can catch leaks before they progress.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, non-weather related water damage from leaks and frozen pipes make up nearly 30% of all claims filed, second only to hail and wind damage.
One of the reasons water damage is so extensive is that it’s rarely contained. Because it’s liquid, it seeps through floors and carpeting, soaking carpet pads and subfloors. Water and wood don’t mix, and standing water can cause rot and weakening to subfloors. If the flooding is bad enough, it can also damage baseboards, walls, cabinets, and anything on the floor.
Water damage can also be hazardous to your health. Another risk to water damage is mold, which can begin to grow within just 24 hours. An overflowing toilet or sump pump can be especially hazardous, as it is contaminated with sewage or groundwater.
It’s no secret that water damage is expensive to repair. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average claim for non-weather related water damage is $11,098, making it the second-most expensive type of property damage to repair.
But the costs don’t stop once the leak is fixed and the water damage is repaired. If the damage is extensive enough that you need to file a claim with your homeowners insurance, you can expect to see a jump to your homeowners insurance costs as well. On average, a home insurance policy will increase 25% after a single non-weather related water damage claim; after 2 claims, that increase jumps to 50%.
The cost of water leaks can also be evident on your monthly water bill. If your water usage seems high, leaky pipes, faucets, or toilets can be the culprit.
Using a home water monitor like Water Sensor to identify leaks early can help you quickly shut off the water supply at the source. This not only helps prevent water damage and the associated costs of repair, but it just might also keep your insurance premiums and water bills from skyrocketing.
Water is surprisingly easy to waste, even in small quantities. Part of the reason it’s so easy to waste water is because leaks are often small and unnoticeable.
For example, a small ⅛ inch leak in a pipe can waste a whopping 250 gallons of water each day. And a tiny but steady dripping faucet can waste over 3,000 gallons in a single year—the same amount of water used to take 180 showers.
Water Sensor increases your chances of catching a leak early, help you save water, which is better for the environment and your wallet.
What people are saying about Water Sensor
If you’re looking for the best water leak detector, look no further than Vivint Water Sensor. But you don’t have to take our word for it.
Water Sensor detects leaks quickly and accurately
When it comes to any leak detection system, leak alerts need to be accurate—and fast. Many of our customers have had Water Sensor alert them, allowing them to act quickly, and can vouch for how well Water Sensor works.
This little gadget literally saved me thousands of dollars!! My utility sink drain was mistakenly covered causing water to over flow on to the basement floor while doing laundry. The water unfortunately flowed underneath the wall on the the finished side of the basement with carpet. I was able to quickly stop the flow and prevent serious damage. Thanks to the water sensor!
Already detected a leak in my home, great little devices to have at home for those unknown leaks that can create big problems if left untreated.
It works, I actually had an incident happen in my basement it went off, sounded the alert, was able to stop the problem
This unit saved me a lot of money right off the start. Within the first week it alerted me to a hot water tank leak just as I was leaving for church Sunday morning. Great investment.
Has gone off twice already to warn me of a leak around my water heater. Well worth the price!
Used recently to avoid a disaster!
It works very well
Loved it! Very easy to work.
Water Sensor provides peace of mind
Our customers appreciate that Water Sensor will alert them in real-time if a flood occurs.
Takes the worry out of having a leak!
We don’t have to worry about extensive water damage due to our Vivint water sensor.
Life savers! Detects water quickly and helps you save $ from major water damage
Perfect for those unexpected accidents
Gives comfort knowing if we have water in the basement we will be alerted
THIS GIVES ME AN ADDED PEACE OF MIND, ESPECIALLY SINCE I HAD WATER DAMAGE BECAUSE OF A TOILET ON THE SECOND FLOOR. THIS IS A WELCOMED DEVICE TO HELP ME BE ON TOP OF ANY WATER LEAKAGE.
It dectects water to prevent an overflow!! I was not aware of this with my previous security systems.
Great product. I feel at ease knowing I have these sensors monitoring for water leaks.
I am very happy to have this since my basement has been wet in the past.
I gave it a 5 rating for the peace of mind it gives us although there hasn’t been a water problem to speak of yet. We’re gone a lot and so it’s nice to know we can get a neighbor to run over to the house to check out a water problem before it gets bad.
Protect your home from damage with Water Sensor
Peace of mind from flooding and water damage is just a phone call away. Contact our Smart Home Pros at 855.822.1220 and find out how Water Sensor can help keep your home dry and you and your family worry-free.
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