When you leave your home for an extended period, it’s vitally important that you turn off the valve to your water heater. Water heaters can surprise homeowners with problems, sometimes without warning. It would not be a happy day if you came home to find your home flooded.
Having a way to detect a water heater leak can give you peace of mind, whether you are at home or away, especially if your tank is in a space that doesn’t allow for outdoor drainage. This could include such locations as a closet in the center of the home or in a basement.
Thankfully, new technology has given us some solutions for these tricky situations. One company, Leak Smart, has created a multi-layer device to help homeowners. A sensor can be placed in the dish under the water heater. If it detects a leak, it notifies the hub which then sends a message to a valve-cutoff to prevent any more water from entering the water tank, and then it sends a message to your phone via an App.
Water Cop and Leak Breaker also offer products for this purpose and homeowners should do their research to understand what products will fit their needs.
Products like these can protect your home from a potential water disaster. They can also be used under sinks and near toilets to alert you to problems in other areas of your home when you’re away.
Disclaimer: We did not receive any compensation from Leak Smart, Water Cop or Leak Breaker for these recommendations. They are examples of the types of products available.