Water damage can be a major concern for homeowners and businesses alike. From old plumbing to leaky roofs to inefficient boilers - there are a wealth of potential causes of water leaks that can result in costly damage and disruption.
But, with the rise of Smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), there is hope that the expensive damage caused by water leaks will soon be a distant memory. The introduction of small, unobtrusive IoT monitoring devices promises simpler and quicker leak detection, reducing the potential impact of water damage incidents.
So, what exactly is the IoT? And how does it use water leak detection technology?
Water mains are not often visible - and this means that monitoring the condition of pipes can be a challenge.
The IoT is a network of devices that collect data about your home or premises and transmit it over a wireless network. This data might include home automation and monitoring systems - including water leak detection.
Simply put, an IoT water detection device is a piece of technology that facilitates the detection of potential water leaks in your home or business premises, before any major damage occurs. Using sensors, IoT devices can provide early notification of water leaks - which, in turn, allow users to pre-empt larger issues further down the line and prevent water damage.
With increasingly efficient technology, convenient and easy installation and the ability to save on potential water damage costs in the future, IoT devices - such as those included in Glide’s build-to-rent management solutions - are a solid investment for your property.
What Is A Water Leak Detector?
Depending on your needs, there are various types of water leak detectors available, ranging in complexity from simple sensors that you place on the floor to more sophisticated systems that monitor your water flow rate for irregularities which may indicate leaks.
How A Water Leak Detection System Works
The functioning of these devices involves gathering data about your water delivery system - including the flow rate, water pressure, and water temperature - as water flows through the device. After a period of time (around a fortnight), the device will have become familiar with the specifics of your water system. It can then alert you in the event of a sudden spike in water usage or changes in water pressure, which may indicate a burst pipe or a running tap.
Advanced devices can even measure the extent of any water damage caused and provide essential information for insurance claims and repair costs. Furthermore, sensors can trigger water control valves which automatically shut off the water supply, preventing catastrophic water damage incidents.
Where To Put A Water Leak Detector?
Now that we understand the importance of water leak detectors, the question arises: where should we place them? The good news is that there are several options available. The most straightforward devices are small and simple, battery-operated discs or boxes that can be placed on the floor where water leaks are most likely to occur: underneath a toilet or washing machine, for example. However, to ensure that you receive alerts before significant water accumulation occurs, consider purchasing a pack that includes multiple sensors that can be strategically placed throughout your home.
For whole-home protection, you’ll want to consider a leak detection system that monitors your entire water delivery system. These devices are typically installed in-line and positioned near your water meter. By taking these steps, you can rest assured that your home is protected from the costly effects of water damage.
How To Use A Water Leak Detector
At its most basic level, a water leak detector will send you an alert when moisture is detected in an area that should be dry. However, some in-line smart monitors do more than just alert you of potential trouble. They generate daily, weekly, and monthly usage reports and provide information on how much water each fixture, such as a shower, sink, or garden hose, is using. They also run system health tests periodically throughout the day, looking for abnormal pressure or flow rates. If a problem is detected, the system will automatically shut off the entire water supply to your home, providing you with peace of mind.
Water leak detection devices are perfect for you if you are frequently away from home, have a second home that remains empty for long stretches, or you a managing a development of build-to-rent properties.
Explore IoT Solutions With Glide
More and more developers want to connect their build-to-rent properties, using Smart devices for comfort and ease. Glide’s IoT solutions mean that we can guarantee that you will receive optimal performance and ultimate network control for your Smart Homes - leaving the hassle and disruption caused by water leak in the past. Contact Glide today to discover how our range of IoT solutions can meet your needs.