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When I think about our journey of moving from a 2-bedroom condo to a 4-bedroom single family home, I almost break out in hives. We were young, fresh-faced, naive parents “moving on up” like the Jeffersons into a desirable neighborhood with good schools and friendly neighbors. What awaited us, amid the ball of nerves that I carried around for 2 months after settlement, was a house that felt like a money pit. We were choking on the large bite called “our new old 1973 home” and trying to swallow something that was clearly a bigger bite than we had expected to take.
While it wasn’t falling down, it was covered in outdated wallpaper that needed peeling, avocado green toilets that needed replacing, appliances to monitor since they were on their last leg, and a leaky basement that caused more than a few gray hairs every time the weather reporter even hinted at a chance for rain.
But something amazing happened the longer we’ve chewed: this thing called “home ownership” has gotten softer and easier to swallow. And after these six years, we’ve realized that we’ve now able to swallow bits and pieces.
We finally feel in control of our home!
We’ve become all the wiser of homeowners now; plus, technology has changed. What used to be anxiety-producing worry about leaking appliances and the damage those leaks can cause have become problems for which there is now an easy solution.
Recently I was talking about the idea of smart appliances. I was excited about the possibilities of managing your home with apps and using new products to help monitor and maintain the home. So this post couldn’t have come at a better time!
So the fact that I get to test out the Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector to see how it may help to further relieve my “OMG-something-bad-is-happening-to-the-house-and-how-would-I-ever-know” anxiety is pretty cool. 🙂
The Problem With Water
Ask me what my #1 homeowner fear is, and I’ll tell you without hesitation: “WATER LEAKS!”
When we first bought the house, we had one of those (what I call) “Wizard of Oz” basement doors. We knew going into the settlement that it would need replacing, to the tune of $800. But once we had contractors come and rip out the old door, they discovered crumbling brick and no solid foundation on which to build.
Sooooo…..for about $2,000…..we had the entire door and door foundation replaced with pressure-treated wood.
We also had some re-grading done around the perimeter due to water leaks, for another ~$2,000 (got a calculator?? This is getting expensive…).
Problem Solved, Right?
Despite having the door replaced, at times there are still some minor leaks during heavy rains. Spray sealer has helped, but it’s not 100% effective. In heavy rains, there is still the possibility of water coming in. Why else would we have these old yucky towels lying in front of the door, hoping to catch any potential leaks while we’re in another of the house or away from home?!
Home Shouldn’t Be Worrisome, Guys
When it rains, I shouldn’t have to wake up from a good sleep to run down to check the basement to see if there is water coming in from under the door (which I have done many times!).
I should have peace of mind that my home and all of its dreaded potential leaks are being monitored–whether it’s from a basement door, water heater, refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, toilet, sump pump, under sinks, and more!
We’ve had every leak you can imagine: from the washer (thank goodness we were home), and even from the refrigerator from several years ago (and sadly, we still have not fixed the ceiling hole from the water damage. Yikes!).
There has to be a better way of knowing that if a leak happens, you don’t have to be in the dark about it and can help stop it faster.
An Easier Way to Monitor Your Home
Sooooo….there is an easier way to monitor your home for water leaks (and even for detecting freezes) that involves something a little bit more hi-tech than running down your stairs in a panic at midnight. LOL. Plus, I’m a busy mom, shuffling kids to and from school. I don’t have time to adjust my schedule to watch for leaks just because the weather guy calls for 80% chance of thunderstorms.
I’ve tried leak monitors before, but those have only made loud noises. None of them have ever worked with an app on my phone! (insert forehead slap here). The idea of monitoring with an app = brilliant!
I’m suuuuuper stoked to try out Honeywell’s Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector!!!
If I’m in my bedroom on the 3rd floor, my phone (which is always by my side–even at night) will alert me that there is a water leak!
How cool is that??
The Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector
What’s cool is that the Lyric™ Water Leak and Freeze Detector (available at The Home Depot) is a wireless device, which offers an easy way to monitor water-related appliances (think your water heaters, toilets, etc.) and pipes to give you peace of mind and to reduce the risks of leaks and frozen pipes. The device syncs to an app on your smartphone (which people always have in their hands anyhow!) and will alert you when it senses potential water leaks and pending issues!
Everything you need to easily install the device comes in the box:
- the user-friendly device, which fits in the palm of my hand, and is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled and syncs seamlessly with the Lyric™ smartphone and tablet app.
- three AA batteries (up to three years of battery life).
- a water-sensing cable – can be placed around objects and along floors, cracks, and other spaces (can be extended with additional cable sensors for up to 500 feet of continuous coverage).
My Favorite Features
Here are some other cool features of this device!
- Anyone can monitor your device – Great for allowing friends and neighbors to monitor your app or email notifications when you’re away from home or need neighbors to monitor for you if you’re away on vacation!
- Reusable – Just dry, wipe clear any dirt and debris from the device, and replace the batteries after it has detected water.
- Can monitor dampness – Detects conditions that can lead to freezing pipes or impending moisture issues through built-in temperature and humidity sensors.
How to Install It
STEP 1 – Download the Lyric™ app.
STEP 2 – Install the three AA batteries into the device. (Securely add the cover once you’re sure it’s working properly).
STEP 3: Pair the device with the Lyric™ app. The app will walk you through how to do it. It’s very simple.
TIP: You’ll need your wi-fi password!
STEP 4: Place the bottom of the detector flat on the floor or a surface, or use the included screw to hang it on the wall.
STEP 5: Add the optional cord or leave it off. To add the sensor cord, remove the sensor jack plug and insert the cable sensor (FYI, the entire length of the cable is an extended sensor).
STEP 6: Test the detector by following the instructions in the Quick Start Guide that’s included in the box. To test it, place the leak detector, with sensors down, in shallow water (like a small puddle on the floor), or use the optional cable sensor and place that in shallow water. Do NOT dunk or submerge the device in water and do NOT pour water over the device.
I decided to leave mine on the floor next to the basement door where we have been known to get leaks and I just ran the sensor along the wall where it’s most likely to leak. Not the most glamourous picture (and my floor is horrible–don’t judge), but this isn’t for vanity–it’s for necessity, my friends! LOL
It Reads Humidity!
One last thing–I looooove that it reads temperature and humidity! Our basement gets very humid in the spring and summer without a dehumidifier. I work down here, so of course I usually know when to empty it or not. But there are times when I may be away from the basement for long periods of time. I’ll be able to monitor to see the humidity and if the dehumidifier is ready for emptying!
My Final Thoughts
This is one product that I think all homeowners should own. Yes, at $79.99, it could get pricey if you’re trying to cover all the spots in your house. But I recommend starting with the places you’d be most worried about water damage and then as your budget allows, add more devices to your home. In the end, it’s worth it if it helps you find leaks faster!
Have You Ever Had a Leak?
I’m sure you have! Tell me all about it below and share how a leak detector may have helped you find the leak faster!