When thinking of smart home solutions, your first thought may go to Google Home or Amazon’s Echo Dot, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From lights to security cameras to refrigerators, more elements inside the home are being upgraded with technology to make life more efficient and fuss-free.
You already spend so much of your time, money and effort on keeping your home in tip-top shape. But you could be forgetting a key part of home care: water leak detection. While it can be easy to let leaks go by the wayside when seemingly more important issues pop up, but doing so could end up costing you.
We walk through the different kinds of home leaks, why you should care about them and how to know if you have one.
We can practically hear what you’re thinking: “How bad could a leak really be? Surely you’re being overly dramatic.”
But we're not being melodramatic. We’ve just been around the block once or twice and understand water damage from leaks — both big and small — can have long-lasting impacts on your home’s value and even your health. Water damage also affects the appraisal value of your home, so if you’re thinking about getting the equity you’ve earned on your property, you may want to learn more about leaks.
Think about all the appliances in your home that use water. Dishwasher, shower, toilet, faucets, bathtubs and washing machine just to name a few. Now, let’s think again. How many of these appliances do you or your family use on a daily basis? Pretty much all of them. It’s no wonder then that the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water every day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.