Prevent home mishaps before they start with these devices

Several years ago, the water heater in my basement burst sometime during the night. I woke up the following morning to discover about 3 inches of water on my basement floor as more water poured out of the water heater.

If you've ever had a water heater or pipe burst, you know it can cause thousands of dollars in damages before you even know what's happened.

In the last couple of years, leak detectors have come onto the market to alert you if a burst water heater or pipes are under the sink.

I picked up a water leak detector by Govee for about $25, but many others are listed on Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart.

It comes with a sensor and a gateway you plug into a nearby outlet. The gateway connects to the sensor over Bluetooth and your home's WiFi.

An app guides you through the simple setup process. All you need to do is place the sensor where you want it to watch or feel for leaks. Sensors on the bottom of the small device detect any moisture.

I tested it by pouring water around the sensor on my kitchen countertop.

When the sensor detected the water, it let out a loud alarm that I could probably hear from
another room. But if you're putting it somewhere, like beside a water heater in the basement, the Govee app sends an email and text alert. So even if I can't hear the alarm and am not home, I'll still be warned. It works.

Radon is a dangerous gas that leads to cancer. The EPA says Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

It comes from the ground, and since it is odorless, it is impossible to detect without a radon detector. Since my studio is in the basement, I picked up the Corentium radon detector from AirThings.

It's about the size of a smartphone, and you're instructed to place it on a table on the lowest floor of your home.

It detected a long-term Radon level of over 6 for a couple of weeks. Anything over 4, it says, should be looked at by a professional.

I also compared the results to a professional radon kit provided by a home inspector that costs
thousands of dollars, and the numbers were very close.

I ended up getting a home remediation system, and within a few days, the average level of
radon had dropped to a long-term average of just .2

Both home safety gadgets work as advertised, and I feel it's worth the money for a little peace of
mind.

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