Good for the environment, your wallet and your peace of mind.
What’s the risk?
Water leaks are one of the leading causes of homeowners' insurance claims. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household leaks in the U.S. can waste approximately 900 billion gallons of water annually. From the rooftop to the basement, leaks can occur on every level of your home, beginning at your washing machine, water heater, toilets, sewer/sump pump, refrigerator, dishwasher, sinks, showers, HVAC system, roofs, gutters and downspouts, making water damage something most homeowners will experience in their lifetime.
What’s the solution?
With advances in connected home technology, new types of smart devices can detect, and in some cases even stop, a plumbing leak instantly.
There are three main types of water leak detection devices:
- Point/leak sensors detect and monitor moisture or humidity where it doesn’t belong. They’re best for under sinks and next to water heaters, washing machines, toilets, etc. When they detect water or low temperatures, they send an alert via your smartphone.
- Flow monitors attach to your main plumbing line or water meter and monitor water usage for your entire home. These are easy-to-install devices that can learn your typical water usage patterns over time and notify you if abnormal usage or water flow is detected.
- All-in-one devices measure flow, pressure and temperature, and can both notify you and stop a leak automatically. You can install some over your existing plumbing in minutes. Others require a plumber to install them in your main water supply. While these are more expensive than the other options, they’re the most capable at detecting even the smallest leaks.
If you own and use any of these leak detection devices, you may qualify for a discount on your Amica home insurance.