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The average home has tons of water leak danger zones. If you’ve invested in some leak sensors for your Z-Wave smart home automation system, it makes sense to prioritize where you place them. Below, we cover seven areas that can benefit from some smart water leak protection.
A lot can go wrong in a bathroom. Clogged toilets, overflowing bathtubs, a crack in the sink’s piping…with so much plumbing in one area, the bathroom is a prime location for monitoring for water leaks. You can tuck the leak sensor in a corner, behind the toilet, underneath the sink, or all of the above!
Did you know that 98% of basements are affected by water damage at some point? Flooding is a real issue, so protect your home with leak sensors that notify you the moment that flooding occurs. Dome’s Z-Wave water leak sensors come with a lead cord so that you can actually drop them into a sump pump pit. If you have any piping running through your basement, you can place the water sensor underneath them. Underneath basement windows is also an excellent place to put sensors if you have window wells.
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3. The Kitchen Sink
Just like in the bathroom, your kitchen sink is a prime risk area for water leaks. Stick a leak sensor in the cabinet under the kitchen sink, and go on with your life! As soon as the pipe underneath the sink starts to leak, you’ll be aware of it via a text message or alarm siren.
4. Water Heaters
Especially for old water tanks, a leak can happen at any time. It’s important to nip those leaks in the bud before your home is flooded with water. We recommend placing a Z-Wave water leak sensor at the base of the water heater and then also investing in a water leak prevention system like Guardian that automatically shuts off your water main before you find your property ankle deep in water.
5. Under the Refrigerator
If your refrigerator has an ice maker, be wary of slow leaks! If not installed correctly (or if your refrigerator is an older model), it may slowly drip water at the back of the unit. This amount of water isn’t enough for you to notice it gushing out onto the floor, which can lead to months going by as the leak grows mold and damages the floor. Avoid all of that by slipping a water leak sensor underneath or behind the refrigerator.
6. HVAC Pan
Got a leaky HVAC system? It can be hard to remember to empty the drain pan, so give yourself a failsafe with leak sensors. Simply place the sensor next to the pan, and as soon as the first drip comes out of the full pan, you’ll receive a notification.
7. Under the Washing Machine
Just like water heaters, older washing machines can break down at any time. And if the washing machine’s hose springs a leak, your laundry area could be flooded in minutes! This is another instance in which a smart water leak prevention system is more than just a good idea—it’s the sensible choice if you want to avoid thousands in water damage.
If you’re looking for Z-Wave water leak sensors capable of going all of these places and more, Dome has you covered. Check out our smart sensors, full leak prevention system, and other smart home automation devices by visiting our Z-Wave products page!