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Hot Weather Risks

When you think of burst pipes, you may think they only happen during the coldest months of the year.  Yes, November through February are high risk months for frozen pipes but believe it or not the hottest months pose similar risks. 

Water Leak Dangers 

The intense heat across much of the country in July, August and September can lead to a myriad of issues, including but not limited to: 

  • An increased demand for water which puts a strain on the system which could lead to a breakdown. 
  • High heat can also cause older rusted pipes to shift, potentially leading to breakage and leakage. 
  • Additionally, water aimed at the house can lead to basement leaks. Check your lawn sprinklers and adjust them away from your home.  
  • Check gutters to make sure they are connected correctly and downspouts lead way from the home, allowing water to run off the lawn and not down the side of the home. 
  • If you have air conditioning units, check for dripping water that may be hitting your floors. Readjust the drainage pipes to aim outside and make sure the drain lines are clear. 

DIY Water Protection Solution 

As you do what you can to protect your house from summer season water damage, add to your peace of mind with a fool proof leak detection and protection system.  You can install one yourself. Consider Snap by LeakSmart This simple, easy to install, smart home water protection solution installs without tools and snaps on any ball or gate valve. Upon detecting a water leak, it shuts down the main water supply in five seconds or less, sending an alert to your smart phone.  

Take the necessary steps to protect your house from hot weather dangers while you can. Learn more about LeakSmart’s full range of products including the new SensXtend and appliance kits at https://leaksmart.com. 

 


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Quick DIY Projects for a Summer Weekend

After spending weeks inside your home earlier this spring, you may have tackled a number of do-it-yourself projects to enhance the value of your home. But did any of those projects result in protecting your biggest investment? 

As staycations are back in vogue with limited travel still advised, you may be seeking more ways to fill your down time. Here are three quick DIY home-protection projects that you can complete in a weekend or less. 

Update gutters and downspouts 

Dented, broken or missing gutters can cause problems when the heavy rains come, potentially resulting in water damage. Install new replacement aluminum gutters while upgrading small downspouts to larger ones.  Spray old and new gutters for a cohesive look. Visit This Old House.com to find instructions. 

Install leak detection and protection 

Water damage is the second-leading cause of insurance claims. Install a leak detection and protection system that can shut down your main water supply within 5 seconds of detecting a leak. LeakSmart is the world’s most intelligent system, providing four different appliance kits that provide 100% water damage protection. Choose from a dishwasher, washing machine, ice maker or sink kit. All kits come pre-wired for simple installation. Learn more at https://leaksmart.com/products/ 

Install a storm door 

A storm door can protect your home by keeping bugs and debris from getting inside. Find standard sized doors at any big box retailer complete with installation kits. Several hours later you have a whole new look for the front of your home. Visit Family Handyman for a complete step-by-step guide. 

Spending a few hours to complete simple DIY projects that protect your home will pay off with fewer repairs in the long-run and potentially avoiding devastating damage. 


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Start Summer with Peace of Mnd

As lake cabins, beach homes and desert condominiums prepare to open for the official start of summer, homeowners will soon be departing their permanent houses for their sweet seasonal escapes, pending each state’s individual shelter in place policy. 

Warmer temperatures also mean the potential for an overloaded, leaking air conditioner or an ignored slow leaking toilet or appliance to come a bigger headache, especially if the homeowner isn’t at home when the problem worsens.  

How do you ensure that you won’t fall victim to a leak-turn-flood that results in a water damage insurance claim while you are enjoying your weekend getaway at that second home? Enter SensXtend by LeakSmart, the newest leak and flood protection product from the world’s most intelligent system. 

The SensXtend by LeakSmart 

The SensXtend by LeakSmart is an innovative kit containing a sensor, dock and rope sensor extension and extension cable designed to provide homeowners with additional protection, customization and flexibility in detecting leaks in especially hard-to-reach areas of the home such as under refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines or water heaters. 

Designed to eliminate the need to move appliances during sensor installation, the rope-style sensor detects water from top to bottom, all along the rope’s four-foot length. It also provides a variety of installation options on floors and along walls, allowing for creative placement options and easier access for sensor battery changes.  

Do It Yourself 

With recent concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners can take peace of mind into their own hands. SensXtend by LeakSmart is compatible with all products in the LeakSmart leak detection system family, including the Snap by LeakSmart, another great DIY product. Visit https://leaksmart.com to learn more about the newest LeakSmart products and order yours. 


Celebrating Earth Day in a COVID-19 World

This April 22nd is Earth Day. And not just any Earth Day – it is the 50th anniversary of the effort to address the most urgent threats to people and the planet.

Traditionally groups of people would gather to plant trees, pick up trash, clean up shorelines and generally try to make Mother Earth a better place.

This year, that Mother is suffering from COVID-19 and large gatherings will still prove unwise. In fact,  the Wildlife Habitat Council and Earth Day Network are recommending a digital Earth Day that brings people together virtually utilizing the hashtags #EarthDay 2020 and #EARTHRISE. Join online teach-ins, virtual protests, and social media discussions. If you had a live event, they suggest rescheduling it June 5th which is World Environment Day or Earth Day’s half birthday on October 24-25.

The global water crisis is always top of mind each Earth Day. Water scarcity is a growing issue. According to UNICEF,  by 2040, one in four of the world’s children under 18 – some 600 million in all – will be living in areas of extremely high water stress. The Global Water Institute says  700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.

No matter your Earth Day plans this year, you can do your part in limiting water usage right in your own home.

Smart Water Utilization

Protect by LeakSmart with Flow not only detects leaks in your home and automatically shuts off your water supply in 5 seconds or less, helping to halt water damage, it also monitors and controls your water activity.

Set limits and track daily, weekly, monthly water usage. You can also monitor current water flow rate in real-time. Once you know how much water you are using, you can begin to mindfully cut back.

Consider taking these steps:

  1. Shut off water from the faucet in between washing and rinsing dishes, brushing your teeth or shaving. Don’t allow the water to run continuously.
  2. Install low flow toilets and shower heads. Not only do they help you save money on your monthly water bill, they save water. The newest low flow toilet styles use as little as 1.6 gallons of water per flush as compared to a standard toilet which can use from 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush.
  3. Take shorter showers. You may be oblivious to how much time you spend in your shower. Set a time and try to limit your shower to fewer than 5 minutes.
  4. Check for leaks in all likely places: dishwasher, refrigerator, toilets, and washer. Place LeakSmart sensors in these places. They will pick on leaks and alert you via your smart phone while also shutting off your water supply in 5 seconds or less.

This Earth Day embrace a virtual celebration and take the step of conserving one of the world’s most valuable, and limited, supplies – clean water.