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9 Things to Look for in an Outdoor Security Camera

9 Things to Look for in an Outdoor Security Camera

9 Things to Look for in an Outdoor Security Camera

If the security of your home is important to you, then an outdoor security camera is for you.

What is an Outdoor Security Camera?

An outdoor security camera is a camera that’s installed outside of your home in order to protect it from unauthorized persons.

Not all outdoor security cameras are created equal. If you’re planning on buying an outdoor security camera, look for the following features in order to provide optimum security for your home and your family:

1. HD Image Quality

When choosing an outdoor security camera, select one with high definition. A security camera is judged mainly by the quality of the footage that it produces. Watch out for security cameras that claim they have high definition quality, when in fact their lenses and sensors produce lower image quality.

A true high definition camera gives you 1080p HD image quality. Image quality is especially important in worst case scenarios, for instance, when a burglar tries to enter your home. If you want to report this incident to the police, they’ll ask for a copy of your security camera footage. Nest outdoor cameras have taken footage of package thieves and break-in culprits. Criminals have been identified and arrested via the Nest outdoor camera footage.

Footage that is not of HD quality and is too grainy is useless for authorities as perpetrators can’t be identified.

The Nest outdoor camera provides true HD image quality with its all-glass lens. You can zoom in up to 8 times in order to see every detail.

2. Night Vision

When choosing an outdoor security camera, select one with night vision. Many criminals operate during nighttime thinking that darkness will conceal their identity.

The Nest outdoor camera has night vision. This security camera, with its high definition and all-glass lens, produces clear footage regardless of whether it’s day or night.

3. Wide Angle

When choosing an outdoor security camera, choose one with a wide angle view.

The Nest outdoor camera has a wide angle, providing you with a 130° view of your home.

4. Weather Resistant

When choosing an outdoor security camera, choose one that’s weather resistant. A non-weather resistant camera is useless outside as it has to battle nature’s elements: rain and snow.

The Nest outdoor camera watches your home rain or shine.

5. 24/7 Recording

When choosing an outdoor security camera, select one that records everything, 24/7.

When you subscribe to Nest Aware, your Nest outdoor camera records everything 24/7 and you can easily review everything that the camera has recorded.

This camera has continuous power as it can be plugged into an outdoor or indoor outlet. Compared to battery-operated cameras, those that derive power from outlets are better, as battery-operated cameras are often in the sleep mode and only turn on when there’s motion.

6. Differentiates Between a Person from a Thing

In selecting an outdoor security camera, choose one that can differentiate between people and objects.

When you subscribe to Nest Aware, your Nest outdoor camera will give you a notification alert when it senses a person. On Android smartphones, this notification includes a cropped close-up of the person.

Using the Nest app, you can review the footage of what the person was doing in your home.

7. Activity Zone Alerts

In selecting an outdoor security camera, choose one that has activity zone alert capability.

Many criminals surprisingly choose the front door as their entry point. If a camera has an activity zone alert capability, it can send notifications whenever someone moves into your selected activity zone. The Nest outdoor camera gives you alerts whenever it senses someone in your identified activity zone.

8. Interactive

In selecting an outdoor security camera, choose one that allows you to interact with the person who has entered your home.

The Nest outdoor camera allows you to interact with whoever has entered the vicinity of your home by being able to see, hear and talk to the person.

For instance, if an unauthorized person attempts to open your front door, using the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet, you can yell at the intruder as the Nest outdoor camera is equipped with a microphone and speaker.

You can also interact with friendly visitors like the delivery person. Using the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet, you can give instructions to the delivery person on where to put the package. The delivery person can also interact with you using the camera’s speaker if he or she has any questions.

9. Easy Installation

In selecting an outdoor security camera, look for a camera that is easy to install. With the Nest outdoor camera simply plug in the camera in the cable and adapter, mount the camera and it’s good to go.

Nest Hello: Intelligent Doorbell that Welcomes Friendly Guests and Drives Away Intruders

Nest Hello: Intelligent Doorbell that Welcomes Friendly Guests and Drives Away Intruders

Nest Hello: Intelligent Doorbell that Welcomes Friendly Guests and Drives Away Intruders

If you want your front door to be welcoming without compromising your family’s security, then the intelligent video doorbell, Nest Hello, is for you.

How Nest Hello Welcomes Friendly Guests

When guests visit your home, the first thing that they look for is your doorbell.

Every time your Nest Hello detects a person, the ring around the doorbell button lights up, showing your visitor where to ring the bell.

The Nest Hello video doorbell works with traditional chimes. Once your visitor presses the doorbell’s button, it rings the chime inside your home – similar to your traditional doorbell. If your existing chime wires aren’t compatible with Nest Hello, you might need to have an electrician install this device for you. 

As soon as the Nest Hello detects a person, you’ll receive a notification – even if the visitor hasn’t rung the bell yet. You’ll receive the notification through the Nest app on your smartphone or tablet.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you’ll be able to see a live video feed via the Nest app. If you don’t subscribe to Nest Aware, you’ll be shown a snapshot of the person through the Nest app. 

Once you receive a person notification via the Nest app, you have 3 options (even if you are away from the home):

  1. Use HD Talk & Listen

Nest Hello is equipped with a microphone and speaker. Your guest can communicate with you through the doorbell and you are able to respond using your smartphone or tablet via the Nest app.

This doorbell’s microphone and speaker are designed to make the interaction natural, not like talking to a machine or robot. The Nest Hello has noise and echo cancellation capabilities which will allow both you and your guest to hear each other loud and clear.

  1. Select Quick Response

Quick response is a message that you record prior to your guest’s arrival at your front door. For instance, you can pre-record a message for deliveries: “Thanks, you can just leave it at the front door.” This option is ideal if you’re busy and cannot engage in an interaction with your visitor.

If you need time to answer the door, you can also record a message that says “Just a moment, I’ll be right there.”

  1. Ignore Option

You also have the option to ignore the notification alert if you’re not interested in interacting with your guest. If you choose this option, your Nest Hello won’t give any sign whether you’re at home or not.

Even as you opt not to interact with your guest, you can still watch the live video feed using your smartphone or tablet via the Nest app if you wish to know what the guest does while he or she is at your door. 

How Nest Hello Guards Your Front Door From Intruders

The front door is the preferred entry point for intruders to access your home. This is also the place where packages are stolen since they are often left at the front door.

Aside from welcoming your friendly visitors, Nest Hello also functions as an outdoor camera, watching over your front door and your home.

Nest Hello’s camera differentiates a person from a thing and sends you a notification to your smartphone or tablet even if the unwelcome visitor doesn’t touch the Nest Hello doorbell.

The image quality of the footage taken by the doorbell’s camera is in high definition (HD). The camera’s night vision enables you to see sharp details even in dark areas. The camera also has a 160° wide angle and 4:3 aspect ratio which allows you to see the area around your front door.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, Nest Hello’s camera will continuously record everything 24/7 for up to 30 days. For instance, if the package that was delivered to your front door earlier goes missing, you can scan through the video – not just clips – history for the day to see what happened to your package.

If you want to see what happened in the last 30 days, you can opt to watch the whole 30 day video footage. You’ll also be provided with a 3 hour snapshot history to see what happened.

Nest Aware can also provide a notification that distinguishes a familiar person from a stranger.

With Nest Hello’s built-in microphone and speaker, you can deter package thieves and intruders by saying, via the Nest app, “Can I help you?” or “Go away!”

The Nest Hello doorbell is designed in such a way that an intruder would have difficulty detaching the device out of its mounting bracket by force. This device can only be separated from its mounting bracket with the help of Nest Hello’s custom-made removal tool.

In addition, intruders can’t steal the video footage taken by Nest Hello as the video footage is stored securely in the cloud. If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you can review the video footage and share a video clip – if a crime were to be committed in front of your door, you would be able to share the clip with the police.

Would you like to learn more about other smart home solutions, check out this article.

How to Detect Water Leaks

How to Detect Water Leaks

How to Detect Water Leaks

Detecting water leaks in your home is important. Water leaks cost money, put more stress on aquatic ecosystems, contribute to pipe failures, reduce water quality and pose a threat to your family’s health.

Here are 6 ways to detect water leaks in your home:

1. Conduct a Meter Dial Test

One way to detect if there are water leaks in your home is by monitoring the meter dial. First, turn all faucets and water-using appliances off, then locate the water meter dial; it’s usually found in the basement where the water pipe enters your home. Observe the red triangle on your meter dial. If the red triangle moves even though you’ve turned off all faucets and all water-using appliances, then there is a water leak somewhere in your home.

You can also conduct a slow leak test. You can do this by recording your meter’s reading before you sleep, after you’re done using water for the day. Check the meter’s reading again in the morning before using any water. An increase in the meter’s reading will indicate that there is a water leak somewhere in your home.

2. Conduct a Toilet Tank Test

To find out if your toilet tank has a leak, drop a small amount of food coloring into the toilet tank. After 10 minutes, observe the toilet bowl. If there’s any discoloration in the toilet bowl, then your toilet tank is leaking. Make sure that after this test, you flush the discolored water as this can cause staining.

One of the most common causes for toilet tank leaks are old or worn-out toilet flappers, also known as the valve seal. A flapper is made from rubber. Over time, minerals and decay build up on the flapper. However, it can easily be replaced to fix the toilet tank leak; just bring the old flapper to the nearest hardware store to make sure that it perfectly fits your toilet model.

Other possible causes for a toilet tank leak are flappers that are not properly seated in the valve, misaligned or bent flapper wires and corroded valve seats.

In the event that the leak is around the base of the toilet tank or where the toilet sits on the floor, it’s time to call a professional.

According to the Natural Resources Canada, a toilet that continues to run after flushing can waste up to 200,000 liters of water per year.

3. Conduct a Faucet Leak Inspection

Finding a faucet leak is probably the easiest as this requires only a visual inspection. A leaking faucet will drip even when you turn the dial off. The problem with finding a faucet leak is when you have a number of faucets in your home; checking every one of them can be tedious.

The most common cause of faucet leaks are old and worn faucet washers and gaskets. The Do-It-Yourself Network has a tutorial for faucet repairs.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second will waste 3,000 gallons of water per year. This wasted water is equivalent to the amount of water needed for over 180 showers.

4. Conduct a Showerhead Leak Inspection

Similar to faucets, finding out whether a showerhead is leaking can be determined by a simple visual inspection – if there’s a drip when you turn the dial off, you have a leak.

According to EPA, 500 gallons of water is wasted each year as a result of a showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute. This is equivalent to the amount of water you need to wash 60 loads in your dishwasher.

A showerhead leak can be fixed by tightening the connection between the pipe stem and the showerhead with pipe tape. Pipe tape, also known as Teflon tape, is available at your nearest hardware store.

5. Conduct an Outdoor Leak Inspection

If you’re using an in-ground irrigation system, conduct a visual inspection of each spring for leaks as irrigation systems are susceptible to damage from frost or freezing.

According to EPA, an in-ground irrigation system that has a leak that is 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (similar to the thickness of a dime) will waste 6,300 gallons of water per month.

6. Use Flowie and Floodie Sensors 

The best way to detect water leaks is by using the Flowie and Floodie sensors.

The Floodie sensor is a flood sensor that can be placed in flood-prone areas like under the toilet tank, dishwasher, water heater or in the basement. Once the Floodie sensor comes in contact with water, it sends text, email and in-app alerts.

The Flowie sensor is a water sensor that’s strapped onto the municipal water meter. This sensor comes with the following features:

  • Detects leaks and abnormal usage
  • Measures and reports water usage
  • Reports trends and analytics on water use, costs and changes
  • Reports power outages
  • Reports basement temperature and humidity
  • Sends text, email and in-app alerts for emergencies

The Flowie sensor is particularly useful in detecting water leaks that aren’t visible – for instance, pipe leaks. If undetected, leaks in water pipes may cause future pipe failures. Pipe leaks could also result in water contamination in your home, in turn threatening your health. Water leaks also result in mold growth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people have different reactions to molds.

“Some people are sensitive to molds,” the CDC said. “For these people, exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes or skin. Some people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions.”

Detecting water leaks in your home is crucial to saving money, saving the environment and for providing a healthy environment for you and your family.

Call us today to learn about the water detection option for your home and prevent a disaster.

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Have you ever stared at your old smoke alarm and wonder if it’s still working? With the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your family and home are protected.

Here are the top reasons why it’s time to ditch your old smoke alarm for the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm:

1. Nest Protect Tests Itself

It’s important to regularly check that your smoke alarms are functioning. Data from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services showed that 15% of fires that occurred between 2011 and 2015, in residential properties where a loss occurred, had smoke alarms that weren’t operational. 4% of these cases were due to the smoke alarms not having power or battery.

The Fire Code of Ontario, Canada requires every home to have a working smoke alarm on every story and outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with the smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $100,000 for corporations or $50,000 for individuals.

Conventional smoke alarms require you to manually test that the alarm’s batteries and sensors are still working. To test the battery level, a battery tester has to be used. To test the sensors, the device has to be detached, brought outdoors and exposed to a small amount of smoke.

Nest Protect eliminates the need to manually test the sensors and batteries; the device actually tests them for you. When you turn off the lights at night before bed, the Nest Protect will show a quick green glow to assure you that its batteries and sensors are working. The quick green glow also signals that the device’s Wi-Fi connection is working.

Another way to check whether your Nest Protect’s batteries, sensors and Wi-Fi connection are working, is by checking your Nest app, which you can download onto your smartphone or tablet.

2. Nest Protect Functions Both as a Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

While traditional or conventional smoke alarms only detect smoke, Nest Protect detects both smoke and carbon monoxide.

You can see smoke. When your senses come across smoke, they react automatically. For instance, your eyes water or it’s difficult to breathe through your nose. Carbon monoxide on the other hand is a silent killer. Unlike smoke, you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide. Whenever a fossil fuel is burned, carbon monoxide is produced. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide can cause sudden illness or death.

3. Nest Protect Tells You Where the Danger Is and the Alert Level

When your conventional smoke alarm goes off, your mind starts to panic and ask questions; where is the smoke coming from? Is it a full-blown fire or just burned food?

With Nest Protect, you’ll be notified in different ways whether the smoke or carbon monoxide level is at an early stage or at an emergency level. It also tells you which part of the house the danger was detected.

In case it’s an early warning due to a hint of smoke or carbon monoxide, Nest Protect will notify you in three ways:

Through the Device’s Speaker

You’ll hear, “Heads-Up. There’s smoke in the (specific room name). The alarm may sound.” 

Through Device’s Light

In case of an early warning, the device’s yellow light is turned on.

Through Smartphone or Tablet Alert

An early warning alert will also be sent to your smartphone or tablet, provided you have installed Nest app on your mobile device.

In the case of an emergency situation, you’ll be notified in the following manner:

Through Device’s Speaker

You’ll hear, “Emergency. There’s carbon monoxide in the (specific room name).” The alarm sound will also go off.

Through Device’s Light

In case of an emergency, the device’s red light is turned on.

Through Mobile Device Notification

You’ll also receive an emergency notification on your smartphone or tablet via the Nest app.

3. Easily Hush the Alarm

If the smoke is a result of burned food and there is no immediate threat, you won’t have to run to the alarm to fan it or turn it off; the alarm can easily be hushed via the Nest app.

4. Connectivity with Other Smart Home Devices

Conventional smoke alarms can’t be connected to other smart home devices, however the Nest Protect can be connected with compatible smart home devices. It can be connected with other Nest products, including the Nest Thermostat – a smart home device that remotely controls temperature.

For instance, the Nest Thermostat can be connected with a Jenn-Air oven, so if the Nest Protect detects smoke from burned food cooked inside the oven, the Nest Protect will communicate with the Nest Thermostat to turn off the oven.

The Nest Thermostat is also compatible with nearly 95% of low-voltage residential heating and cooling systems. If the Nest Protect were to detect smoke or carbon monoxide, it will communicate this information with the Nest Thermostat and the Thermostat will turn off your home’s heating and cooling systems – known to be the usual sources of smoke and carbon monoxide.

With the Nest Protect’s great features, such as the ability to test itself, to detect not just smoke and carbon monoxide, its ability to notify you the danger level and location via speaker, light and mobile device, the ability to silence the alarm via mobile device and the ability to connect with other smart home devices, you’ll have peace of mind while you sleep and even when you’re away from home. And did we mention smart camera?

5 Ways Nest Indoor Camera Helps You Keep an Eye on Your Home Even When You’re Away

5 Ways Nest Indoor Camera Helps You Keep an Eye on Your Home Even When You’re Away

5 Ways Nest Indoor Camera Helps You Keep an Eye on Your Home Even When You’re Away

The Nest Indoor Camera can help you look after your home and family even if you’re away from the property.

Here are 5 key features of the Nest Indoor Camera that will help you keep an eye on your home even when you’re away:

1. Super Clear 1080p HD Video Quality

The Nest Indoor Camera has come a long way from the early days of surveillance cameras. Remember the days when surveillance cameras only produced grainy, blurry footage? These grainy and blurry images proved to be useless to police, private investigators and others using video surveillance for identification purposes.

The Nest Indoor Camera has a super clear 1080p HD video, which allows you clearly identify the people captured on the footage. Many video images captured by the Nest Indoor Cameras have helped police to capture home intruders.

In February 2016, police were able to positively identify the intruders in the home of a Massachusetts resident because of the clear footage that the Nest Indoor Camera was able to capture.

In April 2016, two men broke into the home of a Texas resident. The homeowner took a screenshot of the Nest Indoor Camera footage featuring the clear faces of the two intruders. They then made a flyer out of it and warned the neighbors. One of the burglars saw the flyer and turned himself in.

2. Built-in Speaker and Microphone

The Nest Indoor Camera is equipped with a microphone and built-in speaker, allowing you to not only hear what’s going on in your home, but also speak to whoever is there.

Using the Nest app, which you can download to your smartphone or tablet, you can watch, listen and speak to whoever is at your home.

In April 2016, a New Jersey resident saw intruders at her home through the Nest app. She drove the intruders away by yelling through the Nest app “Get out of my house!” Using the Nest Indoor Camera footage provided by the homeowner, police were able to find and arrest the perpetrators.

These amazing features of the Nest Indoor Camera also allow you to watch, listen and talk to your pets at home. For instance, if you see your dog sitting on the couch, you can speak to him through the built-in speaker and tell him to get off the couch!

3. 24/7 Live Streaming

Your Nest Indoor Camera doesn’t sleep on the job – it plugs into power so you never have to worry about a drained battery.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you won’t miss a thing. Nest Aware continuously records everything that’s going on, 24/7 for up to 30 days. You can review the full footage within the last 30 days – not just clips – just in case you haven’t had time to monitor your home.

If you don’t have time to review the entire footage, the Sightline feature of Nest Aware allows you to find what you’re looking for within seconds to avoid scouring through hours of footage.

Nest Aware pinpoints critical moments – actions that are worth watching – so that you aren’t watching random events.

You can also turn any footage that is captured by the Nest Indoor Camera into a clip and share it with friends, family members or the police – in the event that someone breaks into your home.

4. Person and Activity Zone Alerts

When you subscribe to Nest Aware and download the Nest app to your smartphone or your tablet, you can receive person and activity zone alerts.

The Nest Indoor Camera can differentiate between a person and a thing. For instance, if someone enters the room or if a person’s head appears in the frame, you’ll automatically receive a person alert via your mobile phone or tablet.

You can also identify important areas inside your home, like window, crib or the safe. If something happens in these identified areas, you’ll automatically receive an activity zone alert. By default, you’ll automatically receive an activity zone notification if there’s activity near your door.

5. Connectivity with Other Smart Home Products

The Nest Indoor Camera connects with other smart home devices that work with Nest products, such as the Nest Protect, the Nest Learning Thermostat or the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting. It doesn’t take much effort to get these seemingly different smart home devices to work together.

With your smartphone or tablet, you have control over these smart home devices. These smart devices use sensors and algorithms to communicate with each other. For instance, when the Nest Protect senses carbon monoxide, your Nest Learning Thermostat can automatically turn off your furnace which could be causing the carbon monoxide.

In another instance, if no one’s at home and the Nest Indoor Camera senses a person, the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting can turn on your lights to make it appear as if someone is home. Even if no one intrudes your home, this smart lighting system can randomly control lights to make it look like someone is home.

To connect other smart home devices with Nest, look for smart devices with the logo that says “Works with Nest”. To connect Nest products with the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting, sign into your Lutron Caseta app and tell it to connect to Nest and then verify your Nest Account. Once you connect another smart home device to Nest, these connected smart devices will begin to do things for you, without you needing to program anything.

The Nest Indoor Cameras’ key features, including 1080p HD video quality, built-in speaker and mic, 24/7 live streaming, person and activity zones alerts, and connectivity with other smart home products, will give you peace of mind even when you’re away from home.

How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage via Flowie & Floodie Sensors

How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage via Flowie & Floodie Sensors

How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage via Flowie & Floodie Sensors 

Water damage is the number one reason why homeowners make insurance claims. This household disaster can be prevented through the use of the Flowie water sensor and Floodie companion sensor.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), water damage trumps fire damage as today’s primary reason behind homeowner insurance claims.

Insurance companies typically don’t cover flooding in areas where flooding is a regular occurrence (since insurance isn’t designed to cover regular occurrences), but rather to protect against random, unpredictable risks. Damage to a home caused by the sudden and accidental bursting of plumbing pipes and appliances, according to IBC, is usually covered by all home insurance policies.

According to Northbridge Insurance, many of these water damage insurance claims are preventable through the use of the Flowie water sensor and Floodie companion sensor. The insurance company offers homeowners annual savings of up to $150 on home insurance when they purchase an Alert Labs Home Solution package, consisting of a Flowie water sensor and a Floodie companion sensor.

What is Flowie? What is Floodie?

The Flowie is a water sensor that can be installed in less than 2 minutes without the need of tools or technical expertise; it just straps onto the municipal water meter.

The Floodie is a sensor that can be installed in flood-prone areas of the house such as toilets, sinks, under or near hot water heaters, laundry areas, window wells, dishwashers and garages.

The Flowie gives you real-time notifications regarding leaks, water consumption, pipe freezing warnings, weather, temperature, power outages and humidity. The Floodie gives you real-time notifications whenever your toilet, sink, nearby water heater, laundry area, window well, dishwasher or garage is flooded.

Both the Flowie and Floodie – made by Alert Labs, an IoT technology company based in Kitchener, Ontario – send notifications to your computer or mobile device in real-time whenever the above-mentioned incidents take place. Both sensors are fitted with a back-up battery and can work without a Wi-Fi connection. Each sensor uses a cellular connection which guarantees continuous operation even during a power outage.

“Our technology tracks and analyses water consumption and customers are notified of incidents that could point to a leak, such as continuously running water,” said Alert Labs CEO George Tsintzouras. “This makes us different from a lot of other solutions that focus on alerting customers after a flood has taken place. Our goal is to help homeowners avoid the expense and hassle of water damage in the first place with technology that’s easy to use.”

Facts on Leaks

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a leaky faucet, dripping at the rate of one drip per second, can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year – this is the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers.

EPA added that more than 500 gallons per year can be wasted by a shower leaking at 10 drips per minute – this is the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.

According to EPA, the most common types of leaks found in the home, such as worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves, can be easily corrected.

Here are some of the traditional ways to detect water leaks:

  • Observe water usage during colder months, including January or February.
  • If your household only consists of 4 family members, yet your water usage exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, this is a sign that your home has serious leaks.
  • Check water meter prior to and after a 2 hour period when water isn’t being used. If there’s a meter change, most likely your home has a water leak.
  • Put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, then you have a leak. After this test, flush immediately to prevent staining the toilet tank.
  • Check pipe fittings and faucet gaskets for any sign of water leakage.

How Flowie Water Sensor Works

When the Flowie water sensor is strapped onto your existing municipal water meter, it measures how much water your home is using – it basically reads what your meter is reading.

The Flowie uses its own antenna and internal cellular device (similar to a smartphone) to communicate the information that it senses to Alert Labs’ servers.

If the sensor observes something out of the ordinary (perhaps a leak or water left running), a text message, email and in-app notification alerts will be sent to you right away. You can also set up “delegates”, such as a property manager or neighbor, to be notified of events.

You can monitor your home through the use of the Alert Labs app. Using your computer, tablet or smartphone, you can view data analytics that capture various statistics for your property, such as daily or monthly average water consumption and basement temperature vs. outdoor temperature.

This sensor also provides you with the following analytics and insights:

Relating to Water:

  • Usage, flow rates, costs, trends
  • Leaky toilets, running taps, water left on, burst pipes, etc.
  • Abnormalities identified and flagged for investigation
  • Flood alarms (start and stop)

Relating to Power:

  • Property power status
  • Power outage notifications
  • Power restored notifications

Relating to the Environment:

  • Outdoor/indoor temperature
  • Outdoor/indoor humidity
  • Storm warnings
  • Drop in temperature warnings
  • Freezing pipe alerts

Here is How to Save Money with Flowie

According to EPA, homeowners can save up to 10% on their water bills by fixing easily corrected household water leaks.

With the Flowie water sensor and Floodie companion sensor, $600 can be saved annually from a single leaking toilet; $42,000 can be saved from a flooded basement (average repair cost); $150 per year can be saved for insurance coverage that offers up to $150 or a 10% discount for installing Alert Labs’ Flowie and Floodie sensors.