Older homes have a unique, specific feel and look to them which is often attractive to homebuyers who don’t want a cookie-cutter house. Further, many of these homes are oftentimes located a bit further out from suburbia, giving them ideal appeal and getaway attraction. However, they also come with older infrastructure, specifically, older pipes and faucets. And if there is one thing about water, it always finds the easiest way to get out of something, which then turns into a leak, especially when that water is under pressure. Old pipes have served their purpose for decades, but eventually they all begin to leak at the joints and faucets, the weakest contact points in the plumbing system for a home. And when those leaks start they don’t usually happen with a big notice; instead, it’s a small leak. However, unnoticed, they eventually turn into a full failure which can be expensive. So this is where modern technology and water detection come in handy. Knowing where these weak points are in a home’s plumbing as well as having a sensor that can transmit the information right away when there is a problem is half the battle in preventing a home flooding from a burst pipe.


The Best Sensor Options for Water

Today’s market offers a number of choices, known as a Z-wave water flood monitors, and they range in both capability as well as ease of use. Some of the most recommended items for a smart home are the following:

  • Zipato Z-Wave Flood Multisensor – Designed for internal use only, this device is specifically built for Z-Wave integration and works on detecting all types of early humidity, from temperature change to actual liquid contact and increases in aerial humidity levels, oftentimes the precursor to a big leak in the form of mist projection.
  • Fibaro Flood Sensor – For a device that is essentially placed at floor level for drainage water presence dropping from pipes or faucets, the Fibaro Sensor is ideal. It senses both the presence of water as well as sudden temperature change emanating from freezing pipes, for example.
  • Aeotec Z-Wave Sensor – When practically nil water is the limit, the Aeotec Sensor is the better choice. Being able to sense as little as 0.03% of an inch of water present (i.e. almost nothing), this sensor provides both real time confirmation of no water and immediate alarm when it is present.
  • Ecolink Z-Wave Plus Flood & Freeze Sensor – Where an extended area needs coverage, such as beneath a fridge or an expanded area underneath a sink, this sensor with its extended cord is ideal. It covers both aspects of water presence as well as dropping temperature and sets of a notice alarm when either are present. Even better, the sensor starts notifying the homeowner’s system before the freeze occurs at 41 degrees, not 32 degrees when the damage is probably already set in and done.


Combine Equipment With the Right Plan

There’s a variety of more hardware available than just the list above, which can create a lot of confusion. For homeowners who know they want an integrated system with the right hardware but aren’t sure where to start, AmericaProtect offers smart home security plans that include equipment integration as well. This provides the consumer the expertise of trained technician familiar with all the major brands, how they work, and how best to place them for the best personal protection from water damage in a home. Remember, prevention is far cheaper than repair, especially in older homes. AmericaProtect can provide both monitoring and equipment in one package for your needs as well as guidance on which water sensors work best. Give us a call to find out more!

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