Property managers have the monumental challenge of caring for hundreds or even thousands of properties, some occupied and some not. Vacant properties are especially challenging for the very reason that nobody is around to raise a flag when problems arise. And one of the worst things that can happen in a vacant property is a water leak since it can go undetected for days, weeks or longer.
The resulting damage from an undiscovered water leak can be catastrophic, which explains why it is the #2 most filed insurance claim in the United States, averaging nearly $7,000 per claim. In just a single day, a small crack in a water pipe can leak as much as 250 gallons of water – enough to ruin floors, damage furniture, and destroy personal property. The longer the leak goes undetected, the higher the damage costs. And with mold starting to grow within 24 hours of standing water, there can be serious health concerns.
Smart Water Sensor Notifies You Automatically
Enter the smart water sensor from PointCentral, one of those cool pieces of technology you hope you never need. But when you do, wow, this little device could not only save you tons of cash, it can also mean the difference between an available property and a unit you can’t rent for quite some time.
Measuring just 2 inches long, the PointCentral water sensor can detect very small amounts of water – just a fraction of an inch. When it does, it automatically sends a notification via text or email to whoever you specify, enabling that person to quickly visit the property and take the necessary action. In 2019, PointCentral water sensors issued 13,686 leak alerts. Think those people are happy with their decision to install water sensors?
Where There’s Water, There’s A Leak Lurking
Of course, just placing one sensor in a property isn’t sufficient. For optimal protection, there need to be multiple sensors placed at strategic locations. Here are a dozen locations that would make sense:
- Hot Water Tank
- Washing Machine
- Tub/Shower Area
- Under Sink
- Wet Bar
- Ice Maker
- Basement/Crawl Space
- Fish Tank
- HVAC Pan
Fortunately, the price point of these little guys is just as small as their size. So, placing multiple sensors in a property is both practical and economical, and they are easy to install. Plus, they integrate seamlessly with the PointCentral smart property automation system.
Want To Take It To The Next Level?
PointCentral can enhance your protection by linking your water sensors with an automatic shut-off valve. As soon as one of the water sensors detects water, the water to the property is immediately shut off, in addition to the automatic notification. This is an ideal solution for managers with properties that are geographically dispersed and that take time to get to. Imagine the water damage if it takes someone hours to get to a property.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Water sensors make sense for your properties and your business.