Here’s what you need to think about when buying smart leak detectors and installing them in your home.
Location and Sensors: Unless you have a problematic spot or device that you want to monitor, you will likely need multiple leak detectors. Most have a cable with a sensor on the end, some have a water sensor cord, and others are self-contained. You also have the option of expansion buttons with several detectors. Think about the areas you want to cover and consider what type of detector is best for you and how many you need.
Warning: All the smart water leak detectors we tested send push notifications when there is a leak, but some also send emails and texts. It should be checked that your selection supports disconnection alerts to warn you when connection is lost, which can happen if power or Wi-Fi is down.
Power: Most detectors are battery powered, but you can get some that plug directly into an outlet. You can set and forget the plug detector, but the battery gives you more flexibility with location, and the companion app will often alert you when it needs to be replaced.
Wi-Fi access: Smart water leak detection device that connects directly to Wi-Fi conduction device or a hub, so make sure you have a good signal wherever you’re installing them. All of the devices we tested connect to Wi-Fi only on the 2.4 GHz band. Remember they need internet access to alert you to any problems or leaks. If your internet crashes, they will only act as a local alarm.
Smart home integration: While companion apps and mobile notifications are common, some detectors support smart home standards, allowing you to access the detected devices in the home app the smart you have selected and set up a trigger or automation. For example, you can set the water alert to flash smart lights or can turn on specific heating or air conditioning.
Automatic water cut off: With some high-end systems, you can install a water monitor with automatic shut-off, allowing leak detection to shut off your water supply. But these systems are expensive and require professional installation.
Monitor temperature and humidity: Some smart water leak detectors can also monitor temperature and humidity, potentially alerting you to the risk of frozen pipes or wet environments that could indicate a leak nearby . Overall, you can review temperature and humidity over time, so you can immediately spot any noticeable changes that need investigation. Along with smart home automation, you can also activate the heating or fan at certain levels to reduce the risk of damage.