IoT Devices and Water Damage this Fall

Nadine Evans

By the time temperatures drop and leaves droop, most of us have realized that summer is behind us. The fall season is arguably the most beautiful but can introduce a host of water damage related issues for homeowners. From the heavy rains of hurricanes to appliance wear and tear, autumn can pose significant risk of water damage. How can you protect your home?

Cooler temperatures offer a great opportunity to perform some much-needed outdoor maintenance on your home. Check windows and your foundation for cracks and, if needed, apply caulking to window and door frames.

One of the biggest areas of risk for a home is the buildup of leaves and debris in the home’s eavestroughs/gutters. When leaves fall from trees, they often end up clogging these areas, and over time, water builds up. Most homeowners do not realize that clogged gutters regularly lead to water damage inside a home. The best approach is to clean out these areas after the leaves have fallen, before the winter frost sets in.

How Technology Helps
Smart technology has made incredible inroads into providing homeowners with real-time data to protect their homes. Notably among these are IoT connected devices that keep a homeowner in touch with their home as well as provide them with the necessary information in order to continue to effectively protect their property. Smart devices come in all different shapes and sizes, such as cameras and security systems that can alert property owners to issues.

When it comes to water damage, the best IoT enabled devices are water monitoring/sensor systems that include a water shutoff feature. Eddy’s system, for example, focuses on continuously monitoring the water usage/consumption in a home, and alerting the owner if anomalies occur. Our LoRaWAN sensors are placed in high risk areas, such as near toilets and sinks, and next to water using appliances such as dishwashers and hot water tanks. When a leak is detected, the system will communicate via the cloud to the shutoff valve, resulting in a water shutoff at the home’s water main, ultimately protecting the home from water damage. This type of system has proven to be extremely effective in preventing water damage that results from within the home (such as plumbing issues or appliance failures). Further, sensors will alert the homeowner to water issues that may arise from overland flooding.

To learn more about Eddy’s system, please visit our website.

About Eddy Solutions
Eddy is an industry leader in leak protection and water monitoring solutions. Our suite of smart products offers a comprehensive water management system for building operators and homeowners that protects, controls, and conserves water. Our products have saved thousands of customers millions of dollars in damages and millions of litres of water waste by continuously monitoring water usage in their properties. For more details, please contact us at 1 877 388 3339 or email info@eddysolutions.com.