Water sensors to mitigate property losses

Smart technology and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors are helping to mitigate water leaks and drive down the cost of water-related damages. Frozen pipes, sewer backups, broken water lines, and faulty plumbing are some of the main causes of water-related claims to properties. Adding to the cost of these damages are colder temperatures, aging of buildings, and trends of additional laundry rooms and bathrooms.

Water leak detection should be a necessity in data centers, banks, archival type businesses and any buildings containing valuable artifacts or materials. If a leak goes unnoticed, the cost and time for repair increases and can be catastrophic. It can also lead to a serious mold problem if untreated.

Fortunately, non-weather related water damage is largely preventable. Due to the low cost of these sensors, the availability for detecting water interruption in all structures is a reality. Many of the available sensors on the market boast an easy set up and cost less than $100.

How do they work?

Water sensors rely on the electrical conductivity of water to detect the presence of a disruption. These smart sensors also have the ability to send an alert to a cell phone, wherever the location. The instant notification is critical to prevent extensive water damage.

Where should they be installed?

Sensors should be installed near any area of potential risk; such as sinks, toilets, hot water heaters, refrigeration equipment, washing machines, and dishwashers. Prevention also includes regular inspections and performing maintenance near water supply lines.

 


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The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.