Not Out of the (Frozen) Woods Yet
For much of the United States, March means the beginning of spring. However, for others, especially the upper Midwest and East Coast, March is still the dead of winter. After all, the average temperature still hovers around the freezing point and that means your home’s pipes could still be at risk of freezing.
If your water pipes freeze they could burst. And that leads to potential water damage inside your walls and throughout your home. If you happen to live in a sunny location part of the year, you may not even be home to notice the catastrophic water damage. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety says a burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 in water damage.
Heed the Warning Signs
Those water pipes that run along exterior walls in your home are especially at risk. Not only do they get more of the outside air, but they may not be appropriately insulated. Frost on the outside of a pipe is a tell-tale sign. Another warning sign that you may have a pipe problem is a when no water comes out of your faucet when you turn it on.
Quick Leak Protection
Don’t wait until you have a leak to take action. Hopefully you already winterized your home this season and made sure you drained water from the pipes that are likely to freeze, disconnected outside hoses, while keeping your garage doors closed, opening your faucets to drip cold water (especially when it’s really cold outside), keeping your thermostat at 55 degrees or above throughout the day, and sealing all doors, windows and wall cracks.
But if you want to ensure peace of mind, consider Protect by LeakSmart with Flow. This leak detection and protection system has a water flow meter that monitors water usage. The meter detects an increase or a decrease in water flow which could mean you have a leak.
Within 5 seconds of a LeakSmart Water Sensor detecting a leak, the smart home water valve automatically shuts off the water and you instantly receive a notice on your smart phone via the LeakSMart app. Because LeakSmart integrates with industry-leading platforms Google Assistant, Alexa and Control4, you can receive the alert from multiple locations. This comprehensive approach makes LeakSmart the most complete water security solution available.
So, don’t let down your guard just because you can start to feel spring in the air. Contact your plumbing contractor and ask about installing Protect by LeakSmart with Flow.