Now you can avoid burst pipes and costly leaks thanks to smart technology

Cold weather can bring burst pipes and all the cost and stress of having them – and the damage they cause – fixed. But a handy piece of smart tech kit has been designed for early intervention

grohe smart meter that helps to prevent frozen pipes by grohe
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When it comes to smart home tech, the majority of us usually think of Alexa, smart TVs and (perhaps) robotic vacuums, but what about a piece of smart home tech that could help you winter-proof your pipes? 

With ever increasingly frosty mornings upon us, the risk of pipes freezing (and then subsequently bursting) has become increasingly possible. Enter the Grohe Sense and Sense Guard, a unique system which is designed to prevent pipes from freezing; saving time, money and stress in the long run. 

The Grohe Sense smart sensors are designed to monitor changes in humidity, detecting leaks in key places throughout the home – think under the sink, near appliances and in the bathroom. Having detected an issue, the smart sensors are programmed to deliver a notification straight to your smart phone, allowing you to take action as soon as possible.

If installed onto a mains water pipe, this handy system also allows you to remotely switch off your water supply, preventing any further damage from occurring. Don't have your phone at hand throughout the day? The sensors can also be programmed to detect burst pipes and automatically turn off the water supply.  

In terms of preventing frozen pipes, Sense Guard is a clever addition that monitors frost risk by assessing the temperature of incoming water. And as a further boost, it's also possible to use the sensor to monitor your home's water consumption, allowing you to make changes and save water (and money) in the long run. 

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Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She left the brand in 2020 to pursue another career, but still loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.