Do Leak Detection Systems Really Work?

“Alexa, stop the flooding in my basement!!”

If only it was that easy! You use tech for your TV, not for your thermostat, right? Wrong.
Leak and flood detection has come a long way and should be in every home. Which sounds more important to you: getting a text that your fridge is out of butter or having your water turn off if your water heater springs a leak while you’re away?  I’d choose the latter any day.  The most common causes of basement flooding we see are the following:

  1. Sump pump failures
  2. Water heaters that leak
  3. Sewer back ups
  4. Water leaking through foundation walls

What kind of remedies are available?  Because here’s the truth: leak detection systems can and do prevent a flooded basement.

How do they work?

A electronic or flow rate based valve is installed where the water comes into the house. When leaks are detected, either by sensors or by pressure drops, the valve shuts off all water to the house. Depending on the system you’re notified by text alert or audible alarm.


YdroStop shuts off your water supply if it detects persistent continuous water flow, a leak, or a burst pipe. When a sudden break in a water pipe, hose, or water heater occurs, YdroStop shuts off the main water supply quickly. In response to continuous water flow (leaks, open faucets, etc.), YdroStop shuts off the water supply after a pre-set amount of time (anywhere from 15 min to 2 hrs).  After the pressure has regulated for at least 20 seconds the timer resets, thereby allowing water to flow back into the house once the problem has been fixed.  This is all done without electronics so you’re protected against a power outage causing problems in your home during a major storm. Big, big bonus! The only downside we see are that it has no alarm or text message notification and wouldn’t be much help if your sump pump failed.


leakSmart uses sensors – wireless and can be placed anywhere in your home – to signal the main valve to shut off when a leak is detected. This system offers maximum flexibility because of unlimited sensor locations and an electronic shut off valve can be placed either 1) at the main water supply to your home or 2) at your water heater. The benefit of the leakSmart is that it talks directly to your phone, alerting you of any issues and immediately shutting off your water. Another major selling point is that the system is easily set up with any Smart Home platform including Nest, Wink and Iris, allowing seamless integration with your home system. The downside? LeakSmart needs electricity.

You protect your home from fire and theft but studies show that water damage is nearly 10x more likely. If fact, insurance companies report that water damage is the second most common reason for insurance claims. So next time you tell Alexa or Echo to stop the ceiling fan think about having your devices at the ready to help stop the flooding!