Roost smart water leak detector should keep your drier, richer

Smart home startup Roost has announced its entry into the water leak detector market on Wednesday with a new product, the Smart Water and Freeze Detector.

The new device, unveiled at CE Week in New York City, is able to identify a water leak and can also detect frozen pipe water damage, mold and mildew damage, and inefficient energy usage due to ineffective cooling systems or broken cooling systems.

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Once it recognizes a problem, the Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector will send an alert to the homeowner through Wi-Fi to a connected smartphone. And unlike a lot of other water leak detectors, Roost is battery powered, letting you place it wherever is convenient.

Roost believes that the device will save U.S. consumers and insurance companies up to $8 billion per year in water damage, by alerting them to issues and notifying them of any future problems that may occur.