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Z-Wave to the Rescue: Prevent Water Damage

Z-Wave to the Rescue: Prevent Water Damage

Whether your winters are frozen over or soggy and gloomy, the end of winter means one thing for most of us: a greater risk of water damage. Whether it's frozen pipes that have burst, or spring rains that bring flooding, or drainage systems that are clogged, water in the home is a real issue in the spring. Either way, when it comes to water damage, early detection can make all the difference between a soggy inconvenience and a soaking wet disaster. And with a Z-Wave home improvement starter kit, you can use smart home tech to detect and alert you of any busted pipes, leaky plumbing, or flooding basements that may threaten to put a damper on your spring fever.

Protecting your home from water damage with smart home technology isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, though. There are a number of Z-Wave solutions designed specifically to detect (and prevent) a variety of potential water disasters, allowing you to assemble and install a complete connected water protection system tailor-made for your unique home.

FIBARO's Flood Sensor, for example, is perfect for placement in those out-of-the-way locations where water can collect quickly before you'd notice—basements, under the sink, or even under your HVAC closet or hot water heater. Not only will its built-in alarm alert you instantly in the event of any flooding, drastic changes in temperature, or tampering, but it will also notify you via your smartphone app in the event that water starts piling up when you're not home.

But what if you're so far away from home that you just can't get there fast enough to stave off an aquatic disaster even with instant notification? Smart home to the rescue. Z-Wave products like the Fortrezz Wireless Water Valve it communicates with the rest of your Z-Wave network and can respond immediately to an alert from water and temperature sensors around the home. And if anything suspicious pops up—a leak, for example, or even a drastic drop in temperature—it engages a motorized ball valve that instantly turns off the main water supply, right at the source.

Placing a water sensor is one thing – but installing a water shutoff valve may be a little frightening for all but the most hardcore do-it-yourselfer. If that's the case, we can help - visit Z-Wave.com and you'll find a link that'll help you locate a pro in your area to handle the installation for you. And if you're worried about the additional expense, consider this: many insurance companies will actually give you a discount on your flood protection insurance premiums if you have a FortrezZ Wireless Water Valve installed.

So it's not just about the additional protection and peace of mind; protecting your home from water damage with Z-Wave can actually save you money, even if you never suffer a broken pipe or inundated basement.


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Preparing for Summer Vacation: Keep Your Home Safe While You're Away

Preparing for Summer Vacation: Keep Your Home Safe While You're Away

Are you ready for summer travel season? With Memorial Day on the horizon, and school almost finished for the year, many people already have vacation plans for the summer planned out. But have you thought about accommodations for your home while you’re away? Don’t let the threat of intruders take away from enjoying your time off. Utilize some smart home gear from Z-Wave and make your home look lived in – even if it’s not.

Keep Your Holiday Dinners Running Smoothly with Smart Home Tech

Keep Your Holiday Dinners Running Smoothly with Smart Home Tech

With smart home technology, you can take the stress out of hosting your first (or fifteenth!) family holiday dinner, or at least remove some of the most common frustrations.

Digital Life Virtual Smart Home - AT&T

Back-to-School Bliss - ADT Pulse

5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

A smart home can help ease your worries and provide you the peace of mind you need to keep yourself on track with the rest of your day. Here are a few problems that keeping your home connected can solve.

The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

If you're one of the roughly 50% of homeowners looking to add smart home technology to your home in the coming year, chances are good that you've either put a lot of thought and planning into your purchases, or you're absolutely daunted by the staggering number of options. It isn't always easy to know unless you look for the Z-Wave logo.

Z-Wave Smart Home Monitoring Your Kids

Enroll A Z-Wave Device Using The Nexia App

Lower your homeowner's insurance with an investment in Z-Wave smart home gear

Lower your homeowner's insurance with an investment in Z-Wave smart home gear

You might already know ways that a Z-Wave smart home system can save you money: smart thermostats that only heat and cool your home when it needs it; smart dimmers that reduce the energy consumption of your lights

Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect Holiday gifts for your family? The experts at Z-Wave.com are here to make your shopping experience easier with starter bundles that can be customized to fit the exact needs and skill level of everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Best Smart Locks of 2016

Tom's Guide

Of all the different types of smart home products — lights, thermostats and cameras, to name a few — smart door locks are among the most popular. Going beyond the simple key, these locks can be operated using your smartphone, and can be connected to a larger smart home system to make your life easier.

It may look retro, but this Airstream is probably smarter than your house

Digital Trends

One benefit of a connected home is that it should (asuming the system is working) let you know when there's a problem, even if you're not there. It's one reason those with vacation homes are installing smart leak detectors, Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, and so on. And just because your second home is on wheels, it doesn't mean having devices that keep an eye on things is any less helpful.

'Smart home' gear the star of the Consumer Electronics Show


Fox News KDVR takes a tour of the Z-Wave Experience Home with George from Nexia and discusses how Z-Wave allows for complete synchronization, control, and ease of use in a smart home.

Smart homes ease homeowners' minds

ABQ Journal

Smart homes come with options for a home automation controller that allows the user to control things like door locks, light switches, thermostats, cameras, security systems and energy monitoring solutions from their smartphone or tablet.

What's New

Top 10 gadgets for your smart home: Bediator, dish cleaner, robotic vacuum cleaner, wireless sensor, others

International Business Times

Z-Wave wireless sensor: This gadget is perfect for maintaining safety; it monitors the doors and windows and sends out an alarm via text message and e-mail if any suspicious and intrusive activities are detected.

The Best Smart Home Automation Hubs of 2017


Icontrol Networks Piper Nv - this multifaceted device also controls and interacts with various Z-Wave home automation devices, including smart switches and dimmers, door and window sensors, and range extenders.

How A Smart Home Can Help Your Back-to-School Routine

Mountain Grove News Journal

So how can a smart home improve your everyday life? For starters, they are surprisingly easy to use, make life more efficient and add a comforting layer of security to your family's home.

The Frictionless Home: The Next Wave of Home Technology

Realty Biz News

Exploring not only how a connected home can add convenience and safety to your life, but how it might add value to your home in the future.