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The Best Smart Devices for the Water Leak Detection 2022

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Why install water leakage detectors? Customers of complete security systems can use such a device to save money if the occasion is happening as well as the hustle with the water leakage consequences.

If you ask what is the best way to choose a reliable device for you, we have some best-considered items tested. Those will immediately alert you to leaks and even shut off the water supply to your home.

What Is a Water Leak Detector

The most basic DIY security system devices for defying water leaks are battery-operated discs or small square boxes that are easy to install and designed to sit on the floor where leaks may occur, such as directly under a refrigerator, sink, toilet, or washing machine. They typically have two or more metal sensors that are in contact with the floor, plus built-in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi radios to connect to the user’s phone.

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The sensor triggers when the feet come in contact with water; typically, just a few drops set it off. The device then sends a push alert, SMS, or email (or both) and activates an alarm. For the best experience, make sure to look for a sensor that offers a reasonably loud siren that you can hear from anywhere in the house or apartment or can be connected to a separate siren.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that leaking water will begin to puddle in an area adjacent to the sensor’s location. To make sure that the user gets an alert before too much water accumulates, he has to purchase a pack that comes with multiple sensors that enable the expansion of the water detection range. Alternatively, purchase a sensor that comes with an extension cable. In most cases, the entire extension cable acts as a sensor. This type of water sensor can be situated on a wall (with the cable resting on the floor) or placed it directly on the floor along with the cable for maximum coverage.

While smaller, battery-powered sensors are great for detecting leaks in obvious places, they won’t tell their user if there’s a leak in plumbing that resides behind the walls or in the ceiling. Granted, if water is leaking from a ceiling pipe, the owner will find out eventually. But by that time, you are likely dealing with damaged ceiling tiles and drywall, as well as possible wood rot. For whole-home protection, look for a leak detection system that monitors the entire water delivery system in the house.

A handful of in-line smart monitors do more than just warn its user of potential trouble: they generate regular usage reports, plus tell their users how much water each fixture (such as a shower, sink, or garden hose) is using. Additionally, they run system health tests periodically throughout the day, looking for abnormal pressure or flow rates. If it detects a problem, it will automatically shut off the entire water supply to your home. These systems are ideal if the owner is frequently away from home or has a second home that remains empty for long stretches. 

Our water leaks detectors TOP

Peril Protect

The Peril Protect is a smart leakage detection system that uses cellular technology and a call center to alert its user of water leaks in the secured building. The device is easy to install, and its sensors are responsive, but it requires a monthly subscription and doesn’t interact with the third-party smart devices.

Ajax Leaks Protect

The wireless flood sensor detects the first signs of leakage within milliseconds. It is installed without using any tools. There are several great features as: 

  • Jamming detection and communication channels encryption
  • Authentication to prevent forgery
  • Two-way communication with the control panel

The device detects the first signs of flooding as soon as the water gets on one of the four pairs of contacts on the bottom of the device. The detector has IP65 enclosure protection, meaning it is completely secured against moisture and dust.

Flo By Moen

Smart Water Detector Flo by Moen

The Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector will let you know when something in your property has sprung a leak, and when used with the Flo Smart Water Shutoff valve, this device can surely prevent further damage by turning off the installed water supply.

Other water leaks detectors worth attention

Kangaroo Water and Climate Sensor

The Kangaroo Water and Climate Sensor is a Wi-Fi-enabled detector that will send a push alert when it detects a water leak and will also monitor temperature and humidity conditions in the detection area.

Phyn Smart Water Sensor

The Phyn Smart Water Sensor is easy to install anywhere in the house or in an apartment and will tell when there’s a leak and when the temperature and humidity thresholds are breached.

Orbit B-Hyve Smart Flood Sensor

Orbit’s B-Hyve Smart Flood Detector will tell its user when there’s sprung a water leakage or when the home pipes are in danger of freezing, but it doesn’t work with third-party smart devices.

Orbit’s B-Hyve Smart Flood Sensor comes with three tiny spot sensors and a plug-in hub that connects them to the home Wi-Fi.

D-Link mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor DCH-S161

The D-Link DCH-S161 Wi-Fi Water Sensor will let you know if your sink, water heater, or washing machine has sprung a leak and will trigger other smart devices to help prevent flooding and other damage.

If you’ve ever come home to a soggy basement or found out way too late that the kitchen sink or toilet has a slow leak, you know how expensive it is to repair or replace flooring, carpets, and walls from the water damage. Finding leaks before they cause major damage is way easier and cheaper of course than ever because of the proliferation of smart home water-sensing devices that send alerts to its users phone when they detect too much of moisture. They range in complexity from simple puck-shaped sensors that you can just place on the floor with no mounting required, to in-line systems that monitor your water flow rate for irregularities that may indicate leaks.

What are the Smart Leak Detector Features

A smart water sensor can communicate with its user’s phone or any other mobile device in several ways. Some sensors are connected only via Bluetooth, which means you must be within range of the device (typically 40 feet or so) to receive alerts and silence alarms. If the user wants to receive alerts and control the sensor while being away from home, he has to make sure that the device has a Wi-Fi radio or is part of a connected home automation system.

What is the Cost of the Water Leak Detector

Smart water sensors for the security system cost anywhere from $50 to over $500. The more affordable models are just leak detectors that typically communicate via Bluetooth or work as part of a home automation system or lack a Wi-Fi radio. You pay more for features like extension cables, environmental monitoring, sirens, and LED indicators, as well as numerous integration options such as voice control and support for IFTTT.

At the high end are the in-line systems that monitor the entire home and shut off the water when detecting a serious problem. Remember that, in addition to a steep price, in-line systems require professional installation; that likely adds $200 or more to the total price.