If you are reading this article, you may have already done some research on the benefits of water sensors. You might be wondering which sensors are best? As with many things, the answer to that question is not always straightforward. There are a few things to consider when choosing a solution for your home.
Point or Puck Sensors – These sensors can be an inexpensive way to smarten up your home. They vary in design, but all are small like a hockey puck. These sensors are often used behind washing machines, around hot water heaters, and under sinks—common areas where a leak can go undetected and cause damage to your home.
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, easily moved
Cons: Only monitors a specific location, only alerts to presence of water, cannot intervene
On-Pipe Sensors and Monitors (Not Plumbed) – These sensors monitor water usage in your home and alert you to any abnormalities. Most do not automatically turn off the water as they are installed on the water pipe, not plumbed into it. Because they can monitor the entire home, they may be preferred over point sensors. They are usually slightly more expensive than point solutions but generally do not require expensive installation.
Pros: Whole house solution, easy to install, water usage tracking
Cons: Does not automatically turn off water
Automatic Shut-Off Sensors (Plumbed) – Automatic shut-off sensors are generally more costly and require a plumber for installation. These sensors monitor the home water supply and automatically turn it off if abnormal water usage is detected. The peace of mind when you are away can be invaluable. And it is easy to tell the smart sensor that everything is OK and turn the water back on.
Pros: Whole house solution, can automatically turn off water
Cons: Most expensive, professional installation needed
The good news is that all these solutions are better than nothing at all. Even if you are just using a few point sensors in high-risk areas around the house, you are still more likely to know about the presence of water quicker than if you did nothing at all. Many home insurance companies, including Acuity, provide discounts for having these devices. The amount of the discount depends on the technology and its likelihood to prevent a loss or serious damage. Be sure to talk to your insurance agent if you have water sensors in your home!