Leaks are one of the most common causes of water damage, and they can be incredibly difficult to detect. Fortunately, smart leak detectors can help, offering early warnings that can save you money and headaches.
In general, these devices are designed to be placed near plumbing fixtures like toilets, sinks, hot water heaters, and refrigerators. They can also be used in basements, attics, and crawl spaces — areas prone to leaks from rain and melted snow or ice. Some models are even smart enough to monitor the water flow through pipes, detecting unusual changes in pressure that could indicate a leak or burst pipe.
The smartest leak detectors can also communicate with other smart home devices, such as voice assistants like Alexa and Google Home or smart lighting systems, to send alerts when they sense moisture. For added peace of mind, look for a model with a loud (70- to 100-decibel) alarm that can be heard throughout your home without needing to connect to your smartphone.
One of the best-performing smart water leak detectors is the Flo by Moen, which offers early leak detection thanks to its humidity and temperature sensors. It also has a sleek mobile app that tracks environmental conditions over time, which can help you spot trends before they turn into catastrophes. Top 10 leak detectors