Flo Technologies and Moen have jointly launched the Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector during the 2020 CES, 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 Smart Water Detector is capable of working in conjunction with or independently from the Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff, a device that proactively identifies leaks anywhere in the home’s water supply and automatically shuts off the water.

The new water detector further 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 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. If homeowners 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. 

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. 

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

Gabriel Halimi, CEO and co-founder of Flo Technologies, said, “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. 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 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,” added Michael Poloha, group manager, 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.”