Not sure where this advice came from but someone along the way someone told me to always make sure my washing machine and dishwasher run only when I am home. Those words have been strong in the back of my mind for my 16 years as a homeowner.
In saying that, I cannot recall a time when I had my dishwasher or washing machine every flood over on me? But I have had my basement flood one spring, and that is a flood you cannot stay home waiting for.
Our Wet Disaster
It was a late Friday night after a hectic day when we were all snuggled up watching a family movie. One of the children ran down stairs to grab something and quickly called for Daddy to come down. We live in a raised bungalow so our basement is fully finished and half of our living quarters. The whole basement from the East side of the house towards the middle was covered in at least an inch of water. Our quiet evening on the couch turned into panic. As quick as we could soak the water up with every towel we could find, it was flowing in just as fast.
It was a mess. A nightmare. A disaster. It was our sump pump that failed.
Which meant we needed a new sump pump ASAP or our whole basement would be under feet of water.
Of course naturally we all kicked into high gear. The shop vacuum, buckets and lots of teamwork.
Now each spring when the thaw snow is happening, we double, triple check the sump pump each time we go downstairs. Listening for it to kick in. This is a huge stress and something we never wish to happen again.
Introducing D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor
When D-Link Canada reached out to me about gifting me their new Wi-Fi Water Sensor, I knew exactly where we would wanted to place it.
The Wi-Fi Water Sensor (DCH-S160), an easy-to-use device that alerts you when it comes in contact with water. You can place the Wi-Fi Water Sensor anywhere in your home were water leaks may cause you stress. Such as around water heaters, washing machines, sinks, sump pumps, or anywhere a water leak may occur.
We installed in in our furnace room, which is where we’ve had many of leaks over the years.
Peace Of Mind With Notifications
The fact that you can receive notification alerts to your iOS or Android device before a water leak becomes a disaster, just makes me relax knowing my investment will be safe from water damage once again. When you are home, it has a built in siren and LED that will alert you of a leak.
So we tested Wi-Fi Water Sensor out with a cup of water. As soon as it touched the water a high decibel sound beeped and beeped and beeped.
After the D Link Water sensor showed us what it could do, hubby took it down stairs and it beeped and beeped and beeped. The sensor still had a little bit of water inside of it, so we needed to fully let it dry before plugging it back in.
Unboxing Video Of The Wi-Fi Water Sensor
I could create my own unboxing video but D-Link has done a fantastic job showing the viewer exactly what comes standard with your Wi-Fi Water Sensor. Make sure you watch to the end, for a little chuckle.
Setup is simple:
- Plug in The Wi-Fi Water Sensor.
- Download the free mydlink Home app from the App Store or Google Play.
- Once the app is downloaded it will walk you through setup and have the sensor working in seconds. Since it connects right to your Wi-Fi router, you don’t require a separate Hub to control the device. Best part…there are no monthly fees.
“We were very impressed with how quick D Link Water Sensor acted once it hit the water. Although we did in fact have a hard time connecting it to the app. Our furnace is a dead zone in terms of Wi-Fi reception, which was the challenge. It would connect when out of the room. The piece of mind that the D Link Water Sensor gives you, is worth installing. Even if you cannot connected it to the app, it still has a high pitched beep that sounds without connecting to Wi-Fi. That beep alone would have notified us about the water streaming in that wet spring and saved our investment.
The D Link Water Sensor gives you a peace of mind that your investment is staying dry, I like that promise.”
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I was gifted one of more of the products mentioned above. As always the opinions on my blog are my own.