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  • Writer's pictureCurtis Stake

The Smart Home Revolution: How Plumbing is Keeping Up with Technology with Smart Water Valves

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When people think of plumbing, they generally don't associate it with technological advancements, especially not with smart home products. Plumbing has long had a stigma of being simple and low-tech. However, in reality, there have been numerous advancements in smart home technology that can save homeowners a ton of money, prevent headaches, and increase their overall quality of life. There are several products that we install which bring a house's plumbing into the current century and can give homeowners peace of mind about their homes.

Water Sensors and Shutoffs

The technology available for preventing water damage in your home has come a long way. From simple battery-operated alarms to sophisticated smart water valves, homeowners now have a range of options to protect their property from leaks. Here's a closer look at these innovative solutions:

Basic Water Alarms

These are easy-to-install devices that emit a loud alarm, similar to a fire or smoke detector, when they come into contact with water. While they are effective at alerting you to a leak when you're home, their usefulness is limited if you're away.

Wi-Fi-Connected Sensors

Brands like Moen and Phyn offer sensors that connect to your Wi-Fi network and send notifications to your phone if they detect water. You can place these sensors near potential leak sources, such as water heaters, washing machines, or under sinks. However, receiving a notification is only helpful if you're in a position to take action.

Smart Water Valves

For the most comprehensive protection, consider installing a smart water valve at your water main. These devices monitor your water usage and can distinguish between normal use and potential leaks. If a leak or abnormal usage is detected, the valve will automatically shut off your water supply, preventing further damage. You can also pair these valves with the Wi-Fi-connected sensors for an added layer of security. If any sensor detects water, the valve will shut off the water supply to your home.

What sets smart water valves apart is their ability to offer worry-free leak management. Additionally, these systems allow you to shut off your water supply remotely from anywhere in the world. So, if you're heading off on vacation, you can turn off your water with just a click of a button on your phone, adding an extra layer of security to your home while you're away.

By incorporating these advanced solutions into your home, you can significantly reduce the risk of water damage and enjoy greater peace of mind.


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