The GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard monitor all aspects of a home’s water pipes—from discovering leaks to detecting frost. It’s two easy and fascinating ways to have peace of mind over the functionality of a home.
Water pipes are a necessity to any home, but they rarely garner much attention. It’s only when they don’t work that the average homeowner makes them a priority.
“Many of us have experienced some sort of water damage at home and know how painful and costly it is,” Sara Salahi, senior product manager for the Internet of Things (IoT) at GROHE, says. “Sometimes, even when you fix the damage, there are certain things that may have sentimental value that are not replaceable.”
To save homeowners from the distress of a pipe burst or leak, GROHE has created two products that monitor their functionality in every capacity. The GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard are smart devices that can discover leaks and pipe breaks, detect humidity and frost levels, and monitor individual water consumption.
“This helps you prevent damage and unforeseen costs,” Salahi continues. “Moreover, since the GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard help you learn about your home’s water temperature, humidity, and usage, you have more control in general.”
Using both products is simple. The GROHE Sense requires three AAA batteries to connect to a home’s WiFi, and from there its two metal sensors have a four-year battery life and a two-year warranty. After a user has downloaded the Ondus app on to their smartphone, any GROHE Sense readings can be sent by notifications. “It pulsates and flashes red light when it detects leakage,” Salahi says. “It will also notify consumers when humidity is above a prescribed threshold or when a frost temperature is reached.”
The GROHE Sense Guard, on the other hand, has a slightly more in-depth installation process. Since it needs to be placed on the home’s main water line, it’s best that a professional plumber do the installation. Once it’s up and running, the GROHE Sense Guard tracks water consumption, pressure, and flow rate, and will send updates through the same WiFi-connected Ondus app. The GROHE Sense Guard will automatically shut off the main water line if there is a leak or pipe burst—which can be turned back on manually or by using the app—and it will also notify users if it detects water consumption beyond their normal trends, or if there is a risk for frozen water. Lastly, the GROHE Sense Guard can work alongside the GROHE Sense, as well as the smart home product Nest, too.
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