Smart gadgets that protect your home from water damage don’t seem all that cool—until you actually need them. Then, they are very cool. The coolest.
Instead of waiting for that moment, you could easily install leakSMART. The ZigBee-based smart home system was designed by Waxman Industries, a family-owned company that’s been around for about 70 years.
The leakSMART system promises an easy installation process and can be integrated with several popular home automation systems, including the Lowe’s Iris, as well as products made by Nest, SmartThings and OpenHome.
However, leakSMART isn’t just one product, but an entire family. The leakSMART Valve (pictured) connects to your home’s main water supply. The waterproof leakSMART Sensor is a wireless sensor that is placed on the floor near select appliances and plumbing fixtures. The leakSMART Hub is the heart of the system, getting signals from the sensors and sending them off to the Hub.
Once everything is connected, the leakSMART system will monitor for leaks from burst water supply lines, washing machines, and other everyday appliances and plumbing fixtures. If wetness is detected, the leakSMART Sensor will send a signal out to the Hub, which can shut off the Valve connected to the home’s water supply—all in less than five seconds. That same Hub can even send out notifications and alerts to your smart devices via the leakSMART app. That same app allows users to manage and monitor the home’s water from anywhere in the world.
“leakSMART makes the smart home something practical for the average homeowner,” says Larry Waxman, president and CEO. “leakSMART has more than a ‘cool gadget factor.’ With leakSMART, the everyday homeowner can prevent water leaks in their house, eliminating the possibility of water damage and the thousands of dollars of loss associated with it.”
The leakSMART system will start selling by the end of March. Pricing will vary, depending on the package. However, the company says that a full system can be had for less than $1,000.