In the past I’ve heard of people experiencing a burst water pipe in a room or a flooded cellar and seen the havoc caused but haven’t ever considered that it could happen to us in our own home .. until now. I had no idea that in fact, every second family has had water damage at least once or that 93% of cases could have been easily prevented. But here is the biggest shocker of all – in Europe the average price for repairing the damage is way over £2000. Yikes ! It hadn’t really occurred to me that a small leak in a home, silently dripping away can cause extensive and long term problems.
But for me – losing any precious memories like photos or artwork by my kids would be the worst as you just can’t replace them. I don’t even want to go there.
The reason I am taking you along this avenue is because Grohe have asked me to review their brand new concept: The Grohe Sense Water Sensor which essentially is an early warning system that is wireless so will work in your entire house. It monitors areas where water damage could occur for example a bathroom or utility room and also checks the temperature plus humidity or frost and instantly alerts via the Grohe Ondus App which you quickly install on your phone if it senses potential issues. Humidity itself can cause mould which is not good for health so all in all I am quite pleased to be trying The Sense Water Sensor out – anything that makes life easier and cost effective along the way is good with me.
It took me a matter of minutes to download the app by the way – and was self explanatory which helped. You add the room/s that you want to install the Sensor – ( in this case I have used our bathroom to show you ) and then basic information about that room such as whether it’s wet or dry, then place the Sensor next to the source of water after you have installed the 3 AA batteries ( supplied in box ) which should last for up to 4 years and then … connect !
As you can see the Sensor itself is compact so can easily fit in to a small space and is also reactive to water. As soon as a leak reaches the Sensor it will emit a beeping sound, a red light will flash and the notification will go straight to your smartphone. Even without WLAN connectivity the Water Sensor itself will still work. I tried it out with both the Grohe Ondus App and without.
I reckon it’s a pretty cool idea. How about you ?
Grohe have been developing this product for the last few years and in my opinion the price of £51.99 is very good compared to the potential costs of the unthinkable.
Leave me a comment under this post – would like to hear you thoughts ?
This is a collaboration with Grohe. As always all opinions are my own.