Avoid water damage by burst pipe – the winter is here and  plumbers will be very busy.

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Burst pipe – when people hear about home automation they might think about lights, sound and locks.  While that is true, there are many more benefits that home automation offers.  In our example, it is related to water damage caused by burst pipe.

Money

Associated cost  winter is here and plumbers are very busy. They get multiple daily calls about water damage caused by burst pipe. When temperature outside drops bellow 20 degrees Fahrenheit, you should be ready!  In cold weather, pipes that are not properly enclosed inside the home can freeze solid and burst open. The flooding follows. Water damage is the biggest cost associated with a burst pipe. The total cleanup cost can be anywhere from $500 to $70000. Vacation homes? Rentals? Leaks can go on for weeks unnoticed. According to State Farm Insurance, the average insurance claim is about $15000. Can you put $ amount for inconvenience that comes with it?

Indoor pipe

Prevention – you can do a lot to help prevent a burst pipe in your home.  Here are some examples.

  • make sure that exposed pipes are insulated
  • keep doors open to allow the heat move through the house
  • close the garage door if you have pipes running through the garage
  • set thermostats above 50 degrees Fahrenheit
  • disconnect that garden house!

You can’t be home 24/7 – You have taken care of the bullet points above.  It is time go for that long-planned skiing trip or trip to Florida’s beaches to warm up a little.  When you are gone, heating stops working and temperatures drop low enough for pipes to freeze. That’s all it takes.  It is time to step up the game!

Let home automation help you

Your home automation system is waiting  and processing information from different sensors 24 hours a day.

Let’s start over!  You are gone, and the heating system stops working. Of course, it is really cold outside!

  • House temperature is dropping. Temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit in one of the rooms with sensor that reports back temperature value.  At this point, your smart home knows, that this is below lowest allowed temperature and that most likely something is wrong. You will receive text message, email or both with warning message.  You can call your friend to check on the house.
  • Let’s say you miss the messages or the Internet is down.  If the Internet is down you won’t receive any message. Unfortunately, that is a problem with  most cloud-based systems. Our devices communicate locally. Therefore, it is not over yet!  If it gets to the point where the pipe freezes and bursts, you are in trouble.  Temperature will eventually get back to normal, and the flooding will start.  Luckily for you, we have strategically placed several flood sensors throughout the house. The smart home system will shut-off the main water valve automatically as soon as water is detected. There is no more water coming into the system and water pressure drops.

That means that even if you are completely out of the picture during this disaster, the water damage will be minimized.