IoT Can Help You Catch Water Leakage Before it Catches You

Few of us think about the impact of water damage to our properties until it’s too late and the damage is done. According to a report from ConsumerView, titled ‘Quantitative Assessment in Europe’, 50% of households in Europe have experienced water damage. Similarly, the Insurance Industry Research organisation estimates that 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work every day and the annual cost to insurance companies is approximately US$2.5 billion. When it comes to water damage, there is no doubt that the cost to owners and insurers can be crippling for citizens throughout the world. Doing nothing and assuming that it can’t happen to you is the worst course of action. Fortunately, proactive, preventive measures that utilise leading IoT technologies are now available and more and more households and businesses are adopting them to set up warning systems to prevent impending disasters.

How IoT works
Humidity and temperature sensors are installed in places where there is a high risk of water leakage, for example in bathrooms, kitchens, attics and building basements. The sensors report their measured values on a regular basis and in the case of excessive values, based on monitoring values set in the device, will send immediate alerts. By monitoring the trends of humidity and receiving leakage alerts property owners and landlords can avoid serious damage or respond ultra-quickly in case of an incident. In this way, expensive moisture and mould damage can be avoided or minimised. The sensors are typically wireless and battery powered with a lifespan of up to ten years depending on configuration. Moreover, installation is straightforward and does not require a plumbing technician or electrician.

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