When we first found out about smart home water devices like these, we were excited. Through our past experiences we had seen the amount of damage water can do to a home or business. To find out you could now prevent water damage was intriguing. We found the smart home Flo water meter, but weren’t willing to settle on it until we did a thorough search on similar smart home water device products. We factored in the relationships and networking strength and exposure the manufacturers had with major insurers, functionality of the smart home water device and phone application, ease or difficulty of installation — and most importantly the responsiveness and extent of support their staff were capable of providing our potential customers.
As leak detection specialists, we recognized that we could provide value to all these smart home water devices. We also recognized we could make them full-service. But, we wanted to align ourselves with a product that could provide our customers value for their purchase. We didn’t want a situation where we installed thousands of these smart home water devices and become bombarded with calls full of technical questions or dissatisfied customers wanting us to remove their devices. We also wanted a smart home water device that could turn our customers into our own junior leak detection specialists with assistance from the support team. With the right device, customers can address their own easy-to-find leaks often hidden in plain sight potentially removing the need for our services we provide to insurers through the claims industry.
As we continued our research and discussing the additional tools smart home water devices like these provide, the most prominent advantage was the conservation of water. Because we live in a state with ever increasing demands for water, we wanted to be at the forefront in conserving water. We must do this while assisting to prevent water damage and use our skill set to provide the tools necessary to fix those leaks due to failed plumbing systems.
Through all these factors we immediately began work building a company that could facilitate this new market — while improving on the services we already provided with regards to the insurance claims industry. Because this smart home water device assists you in tracking water use and leaks in real-time, we wanted our customers to know we would be readily available through our online booking system.
We understand this smart home water device can be installed by a service plumbing specialist and we value the services they provide our industry. But for most, their work stops at installation of the smart home water device. As leak detection specialists we treat every smart home water device installation as a leak detection performed in the future. We walk customers through their phone application after linking it to their smart home water device. We even pass on the knowledge to empower every customer in becoming our junior leak detection water savers — with City Water Conservation to lean on for assistance.
As we conducted our search for other smart home water devices we knew any devices that could not test for micro leaks and automatically shut the water off upon a pipe rupture were not worth consideration. We needed a smart home water device insurance companies would likely approve of. Slow leaks can cause mold and plumbing supply breaks can cause catastrophic water damage both resulting in costly remediation and repairs.
There are other smart home water devices without these desired features that can assist in monitoring your water use or assist in preventing water damage that are less costly to purchase and don’t require cutting into your water line saving you money in the short term. There are smart home water devices you snap onto your main water line that can help track your water use but are less effective because they don’t have that in-line valve. This means they cannot test for micro leaks and cannot remotely shut your water off in case of plumbing supply failure. There are other smart water devices known as smart home water sensors we like to call “squeakers”. You place these smart home water sensors in all the critical places you could get a leak (water heater, washing machine, under a sink, toilet area, etc.). As you start adding up how many areas in your home need these sensors, the money spent begins to add up with these smart home water sensors. These smart home water sensors also require flooding to begin occurring in your home with hopes the water reaches these sensors before a lot of damage has already occurred. It’s good to know there are so many great people out there making smart home water devices like these sensors and monitor. We hope they fill the needs of those utilizing them. As leak detection specialists, we prefer the smart home Flo water meter.
We want to discuss how the smart home Flo water meter install stacks up to what our research found to be the three closest competitors. We analyze them from an installer’s perspective because we can make all three of these devices full-service.