There are two major ways to reduce the impact from accidents involving water that cause building damage. These ways include both preventing the damage in the first place, and quickly and easily repairing the damage once it occurs. Here are some technologies that can help you achieve both goals in order to minimize how much water damage is done to your home as much as possible.
WiFi-Enabled Water Sensors
The new "Internet of things" trend refers to sensors and other objects that can all transmit data through the Internet. One of the uses of this is to start with a smart hub and a computer that can create WiFi support for your sensors.
Then, you can put a water sensor under areas in your house prone to leaks such as your water heater or under your sink. According to the New York Times, you can get notifications as soon as water hits the sensor, including exactly how much water is coming out.
This means that even if you go on vacation or if you're sleeping at the time, you can make it so that these sensors send a message to your phone through your WiFi network instantly. You can set it to create an alarm so that you'll wake up when a water leak occurs.
Many of these devices come with free apps that you can then use to connect directly to the sensor so you can tell what's going on live. If you also add cameras to your setup, you could even immediately check a live video feed to see what's being damaged how rapid the leak is.
Some systems may even allow you to shut off the water remotely, making this a way to minimize the severity of the damage if not stop it altogether.
Water Removal Equipment
The first step in restoring an area that's been damaged by water is to completely remove the water. There are a number of types of equipment that can help with this. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, this starts with heavy duty fans to push the water out of the environment.
But other equipment that workers also often use includes a device that creates static electricity which can also herd the water in the right direction. Additionally, you can use vacuums at industrial strength to drain the water that's remaining.
Overall, it's important to focus on both prevention and rapid restoration to reduce the impact of water damage as much as possible. Even if prevention fails, it can often reduce both the severity of the catastrophe, and exactly how wide the affected area of damage is.