As a homeowner, there is a lot to fear when it comes to the safety of your home but the number one most devastating event that can cause a lot of damage and heartache is a water leak. According to Home Advisor, the average amount homeowners will pay in water damage repairs in 2021 is anywhere between $3500-$6500+ and worst of all, many insurance companies do not cover this cost in their standard policies. So, in this case, the best protection you can give you and your home is prevention and there is no better way to do this than the Smart Water Leak Starter Kit from D-Link.
This new smart home solution from the company was first unveiled at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show and aims to offer consumers greater peace of mind and help prevent the toll water damage can have on a family. In essence, the Smart Wi-Fi Water Sensor Kit can monitor two areas and features an AC-powered Master Smart Wi-Fi Water Leak Sensor as well as a Battery-powered Remote Water Sensing Pod, triggering a siren, strobe light, and mobile alert when either device detects water. The system is also modular meaning additional remote water sensing pods can easily be added to the system monitoring up to 16 separate areas in the home.
The unit very easily connects to your existing Wi-Fi router, no hub required, and features built-in Bluetooth™ for faster setup. Speaking of connectivity, reassuringly the battery-powered long-range water sensor add-on operates on interference-resistant Sub-GHz bands, empowering it to work in conjunction with the central hub, even from afar. Using the mydlink app, users can receive instant notifications on their smartphone for a water event and the system also supports proactive notifications with Google Home speakers where the Google Home speaker will automatically announce if a water leak is detected which we think is very clever.
In a world of household appliances, dodgy roofs, and frozen pipes that cause plenty of water damage that’s costly to repair, especially when you don’t know they’re happening, and the leak is left to wreak havoc we did spend some time recreating different water-based events in our testing which was mostly comprised of spilled buckets of water with small holes drilled in the bottom to recreate a smaller leak and we were left very impressed by the Smart Wi-Fi Water Sensor Kit. We set up the system using the mydlink app and paired it with our Google Home Mini speaker and literally within 30-60 seconds of moisture being detected, the app and the mini sent out alerts informing us of the apparent leak.
To sum up, this is an innovative piece of tech. that brings incredible peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home from water damage. It is inexpensive, works very well, and similar to a smoke alarm, you don’t realize you need one until it is too late. The big question is, is not having one of these worth the risk?