Detect Leaks Before They Become Floods with GE's Sensor

Detect Leaks Before They Become Floods with GE's Sensor

Sonia Zjawinski
Feb 12, 2010

Water damage can be a real bummer, especially when it reaches your aquaphobic gadgets. Unfortunately, in many cases, it's hard to know if your home is being damaged by rain and snow until you see damaging discoloration and bubbles on your walls, ceiling, and floors. So, is there a way to find leaks without ripping your roof open?

Why yes there is. GE sells a wireless sensor that can be placed anywhere you think there may be a possible leak (near plumbing, water heaters, washing, skylights, you name it). When paired up with the GE 45129 Choice-Alert Wireless Control Center, which is part of a larger home security system, the sensor sets off an alarm at the Control Center up to 150 feet away.

Problem is, it seems like the sensor has to contact water in order to set off the alarm. It would be nice if it could sense a leak via temperature or some other manner so you could place this on walls where you think there may be a leak on the other side. Maybe something like this exists already and we just don't know. Do you?

via Official Smarthome Blog

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