Can I Benefit from a Water Leak Sensor? Yes — and Here's Why
Smart Leak Sensor Kit, Home Security, Home Monitoring, Home Tips
Published: March 22, 2021
It may come as no surprise that water damage is the most common type of homeowner insurance claim. Water flows through almost every room in the home, and bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements are notably vulnerable to water-related mishaps.
But while the pervasiveness of home water damage may not be surprising, here's one thing that is: most traditional home protection and security systems fail to address — and even acknowledge — the potential for water-related issues.
This misalignment was a driving force behind the creation of Hedge. We know that water damage is a top cause of homeowner damage, and we're addressing that concern: the Smart Leak Kit, which includes three Leak Sensors, is a foundational piece of Hedge packages.
And while preventing water damage is a primary feature of our Smart Leak Sensor Kit, it's not the only benefit you'll enjoy (think safety, comfort, and savings). Ready to learn more? Let's dive in. (Pun intended.)
#1) Water leak sensors can help prevent damage caused by water accumulation
As mentioned, home water damage is unfortunately quite common: over a third of U.S. homeowners claim to have suffered water damage losses at some point in their lives, with roughly one in fifty homeowners filing water damage claims each year. And these cases aren't limited to homeowners that live near water or in an area that often experiences severe weather and flooding. In fact, most water damage is caused by appliances found in the majority of homes — think sinks, refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines — as well as sump pumps and plumbing issues like frozen pipes.
Water damage can have significant financial consequences — the average cost of a water damage claim is roughly $11,000 — but also emotional repercussions. Losing treasured belongings to water damage hurts no matter what their objective financial worth.
Leak sensors like the ones included in Hedge packages detect the smallest amounts of water accumulation (as little as .5mm!). They then notify you of the potential issue by emitting a series of beeps and activating the issue escalation process, which includes notifications, texts, and calls to you, other users on your account, and your emergency contact. That way, you can take quick action to address the situation — before it becomes a real issue.
#2) Leak Sensors from Hedge can also predict (and help you prevent) other water-related issues
Our Leak Sensors don't just monitor for water accumulation — they also sense shifts in humidity and temperature outside your specified range, configurable based on your home and preferences.
Temperature monitoring: prevent freezing pipes
Temperature monitoring is helpful in preventing your pipes from freezing and springing a leak, which can happen in areas of your home where heat doesn't easily circulate (think within cabinets and unfinished areas of your basement or attic). Placing your Leak Sensor near "at-risk" pipes can help you prevent freezing and consequent water damage.
Humidity monitoring: prevent mold
Your Leak Sensors will also communicate if humidity levels are outside your specified range so you can take steps to prevent a potential issue.
Excess humidity is an issue most frequently related to bathrooms; improper ventilation (or just indulgent long showers!) can lead to condensation that causes mold or mildew.
But too-high humidity can also occur in other areas of your home, sometimes indicating leaks and stagnant water. That's why we recommend placing Leak Sensors not only in bathrooms you frequently use, but in spaces you may not often visit, or that aren't in your direct line of sight. These locations are just as vulnerable to water damage as the bathroom you use every day:
- In your basement, near the hot water heater or any other any low points
- In a bathroom you don't often use
- In cabinets under sinks
- Beneath your refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine
- And more — find other placement recommendations here.)
#3) Water leak sensors can help you keep your home safe and comfortable
Water damage aside, nobody likes a too-cold or too-hot home (or worse: either of those coupled with high or low humidity). When your Leak Sensors from Hedge monitor for shifts in humidity and temperature outside your specified range, they're certainly helping you prevent damage — but they're also helping you keep your home as safe and comfortable as possible for you and your family.
Too-high humidity can create an environment amenable to germs and bacteria — it can even cause mold that triggers allergies!
Too-low humidity can cause issues like dry skin and eczema.
Humidity that's juuust right (30-50% relative humidity) creates a safe, comfortable home environment for you and your family.
Lately, most of us have been spending more time than usual in our homes, which means creating a safe and enjoyable environment is more important than ever before.
#4) Finally — water leak sensors can help you save money (in more ways than one)
As mentioned, leak sensors can help you prevent major, expensive water damage, but they can also help you save money in other, less obvious ways.
First, by alerting you to hidden leaks, they can help you control your water costs. According to the EPA, the average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of wasted water each year, and fixing these leaks can save homeowners roughly 10% on their water bill.
Also — proactively protecting your home by setting up a system like Hedge may help you save money on your homeowners insurance. (If you're an American Family customer, be sure to speak with your agent about Hedge.)
Combined, these savings could amount to thousands of dollars per year: a pretty good return on investment for our affordable packages!
All in all, when it comes to safety, comfort, and savings, few smart home devices are as versatile and effective as a water leak sensor — which is why our Leak Sensor Kit is included in Hedge packages, and also available as an optional add-on. New customers can buy multiple Smart Leak Sensor Kits with their initial purchase, while existing customers can easily buy another kit (or two!) through the Hedge App. (From your dashboard click the shopping cart icon in the upper corner, or from the Services page click "Shop: Buy more devices".)