Damage Prevention: Detect Abnormal Conditions
Many physical conditions can cause damage to your home, the personal property inside it, and even to family members and guests. This can occur silently, without obvious indications and without necessarily drawing the attention of the inhabitants, until the damage is done.
Here are some common examples:
- Accumulated water in a crawl space or basement (due to poor drainage or a plumbing leak above) can lead to foundation problems, hardwood flooring buckling above, as well as mold, mildew, and fungus infestations.
- Temperature extremes (both freezing and excess heat) can cause problems, including burst water pipes, damaged lighting fixtures, cracked windows and masonry features, even structural damage.
- Abnormal high voltage from the power pole can damage appliances and especially electronic equipment—to say nothing of lightning.
- Low voltage conditions (brown-outs) can damage air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.
- Fluctuating voltages can cause digital electronic equipment to lose configuration settings and behave erratically (providing, for example, sound but no picture, or the reverse).
- Moisture conditions (under sinks, or tubs, for example) can damage cabinets, flooring, and underlying framing structures.
Simple moisture detectors and other monitoring systems can be integrated into a smart home security or automation system, and programed to alert the homeowner of developing conditions that can cause serious structural or cosmetic damage. With early warning, the potentially destructive condition can be remedied—long before significant damage occurs. Monitoring for potentially damaging conditions can be especially useful in inaccessible areas like attics and crawl spaces and for vacation homes (where extreme weather can add to the damage.)
These kinds of conditions are usually simple to detect and inexpensive to remedy if they are found early—before rot or other conditions can take hold. But left unchecked, they can cause extensive damage that may be hazardous to the occupants, and very expensive to repair—in some cases even rendering the home uninhabitable.
Smart home integration makes it easy for you to monitor for these conditions, and receive timely alerts if they occur, so you can attend to them before they cause real damage.