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Prevent a Winter Washout with Smart Home Security

on Feb 08, 2018

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With the extreme cold weather alerts and temperatures reaching record breaking lows across Canada, how close have your home's water pipes come to freezing this winter?

Not sure? That's understandable—after all, pipes tend to be out of sight and out of mind.  

Until there's a big freeze, that is. That's when thousands of homeowners find themselves dealing with burst pipes and big cleanup bills. As pipes freeze up, the water inside expands as it turns to ice, splitting the pipe or causing joints to loosen. When the ice melts, the washout begins.

Mid-winter is prime-time for this expensive home repair emergency. If you don't shut off your water supply quickly, cleanup costs can cascade into thousands of dollars.  

The good news is that smart home security has a number of very smart, proactive safeguards to protect your home and your wallet from water damage. 

1: Temperature Alerts 

An AlarmForce temperature sensor in those cold areas like basements or crawlspaces can give you early awareness of an imminent winter washout.


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Connected wirelessly to your smart thermostat, this sensor can give you an instant temperature reading via your AlarmForce mobile app. It can also trigger a smartphone alert if the temperature drops to a dangerous low, giving you advance warning that you need to deploy a space heater or take other emergency measures. 

2: Water Sensors

If a pipe does freeze and burst, you need to know as quickly as possible. A water sensor that is monitored 24/7 by AlarmForce is the tool for the job.

Installed on your basement or crawlspace floor, this sensor triggers a smartphone alert when it detects a leak, so you can spring into action and shut off your water supply. If you're far from home, you can use your front door's smart lock to let a trusted neighbor or plumber in to do the job.  

Want to pre-empt a winter washout?     

With connected sensors, instant alerts and powerful home automation, AlarmForce can help you to protect your home and family from winter weather and much more.

If you're not already experiencing the convenience and peace of mind provided by a smart home security system, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help get you connected.