Moen and Flo Technologies Launch New Smart Water Detector to Enhance the Flo by Moen™ Smart Home Water Security System
THE NEW, AFFORDABLE SMART WATER SENSOR ALERTS USERS OF SIGNS OF MOISTURE, CHANGE IN TEMPERATURE OR HUMIDITY VIA A SMARTPHONE APP
North Olmsted, Ohio & Culver City, California… Water damage is five times more likely than theft* and a small drip left undetected can cost thousands of dollars in damage. To help homeowners protect themselves from potentially catastrophic leaks and other vulnerabilities, Moen and partner Flo Technologies, the leaders in smart home water security, launched the Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector (Smart Water Detector), a standalone sensor that can be placed anywhere in a house to alert users if, and when, it detects moisture to help prevent water damage and loss. The addition of the sensor to the revolutionary Flo by Moen Smart Water Security System provides homeowners with an unmatched level of security against water damage and loss – whether from a leaky pipe or weather event like a flood.
The Flo by Moen System, comprised of the all-new Smart Water Detector and the Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff (Smart Water Shutoff), offers peace of mind and puts users in control over their water supply system to help detect and prevent leaks, as well as monitor water usage, all from the convenience of their smartphone. The Smart Water Detector is capable of working in conjunction with, or independently from, the Smart Water Shutoff, giving consumers the opportunity to achieve smart home water management at any reasonable budget.
NEW! Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector
The Smart Water Detector enables users to identify not only when but also where water may be leaking in their home to inhibit any possible damage. Users simply place the discreet 3.5” sensor where they see a risk, such as the basement, laundry room, attic or other areas in the home that are susceptible to water damage by environmental factors or fixture malfunctions. If the Smart Water Detector senses the presence of water, freezing temperatures or high humidity, it will alert users through a push notification in the Flo by Moen and Moen smartphone apps. Homeowners can use and connect multiple detectors within their home and if they also have the Smart Water Shutoff, a leak sensed by the Smart Water Detector can automatically trigger the shut-off feature to protect the home from water damage.
Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff
The Smart Water Shutoff connects to the home’s main water line and calculates pressure, flow rate and temperature within the home’s water supply system – delivering data to the homeowner via the smartphone app. This enables the device to monitor and help detect water leaks and other vulnerabilities. If an abnormality is detected, the device will notify the homeowner – who can turn off the water from the app – or the system can be set to automatically shut off water to prevent catastrophic damage.
“The addition of the Smart Water Detector was a natural extension of the Flo by Moen system to allow homeowners to further enhance the control they have over their home’s water,” said Suzy Street, product manager, Digital & IoT, Moen. “The Smart Water Shutoff offers a completely preventative approach to leak detection, and now the Smart Water Detector can sense and notify users of water events that happen outside of the pipes – like a flooding basement or a malfunctioning appliance – to help reduce the risk of water damage and provide full home protection.”
Users of the Smart Water Shutoff can now experience FloSense™ 2.0, an enhanced proprietary machine learning technology that uses AI and user feedback to better customize protection for each home. Placing an emphasis on convenience and customization, users can toggle the new Sensitivity Slider Bar in the recently updated smartphone app to adjust the Smart Water Shutoff’s level of responsiveness to concerning water behavior in the home, or set their own custom parameters for responsiveness, enabling more control than ever before.
NEW! Redesigned Flo by Moen App
The recently updated Flo by Moen app now gives users the ability to track multiple Flo by Moen devices, including the new Smart Water Detector, across one or multiple locations. This means users can ensure water security in their permanent residence, their vacation house, rental property and any other location where they use Flo by Moen devices – all from a single app.
Additionally, with the reimagined Flo by Moen app, users can better utilize the learnings and data FloSense 2.0 provides and easily access and control their home’s water system right from their mobile device.
“We are dedicated to empowering every household with the tools and insights they need to better protect their homes from one of the most common home catastrophes – water damage,” said Gabriel Halimi, CEO and co-founder of Flo Technologies. “New Flo research into homeowner water habits found that a majority of homeowners would like to be more aware of their water usage, yet 73 percent have no idea how much water their households use on a daily basis**. With FloSense 2.0, the redesigned app and the new Smart Water Detector, homeowners can seamlessly and intuitively access, understand and most importantly, act on the insights the Flo by Moen system provides to ensure they are sustainably and responsibly using their home’s water.”
The system can be controlled through the Flo by Moen app, available on iOS and Android devices, or through the Moen app, as with the other Moen Network products like a U by Moen™ Smart Faucet or Smart Shower. Flo by Moen is compatible with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, Control4 and IFTTT.
The Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector is available today for pre-order at MeetFlo.com and will be available for purchase on Amazon.com beginning in March. Consumers can buy the Smart Water Shutoff at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com or MeetFlo.com.
For additional information on Flo by Moen and purchase information, visit moen.com/flo or call 1-800-BUY-MOEN (1-800-289-6636).
*According to the Insurance Information Institute.
**According to a recent survey commissioned by Flo Technologies and conducted online by FloxFluent in April 2019.