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Technology Gives Peace of Mind

Jan. 08, 2016
Do you love to travel but you worry about your old water heater or your “on-again, off-again” sump pump? Keep reading to learn about technology that helps you breathe easier and enjoy your vacations more.  Some devices are set up to call or text your cell phone when things are going wrong at home! That way your friends, family, or house sitter can be on top of it so you don’t return home wishing you hadn’t spent so much money while you were away because you have to restore your newly flooded basement! :(

Up to 95% of basements will experience some form of water penetration or flooding but it can often be prevented. Sump Pumps are used when basement flooding regularly happens and the “water table” is above the foundation of your home. The sump pumps job is to send water away from your home. This sounds like a great solution to your flooding problems! But, what happens when your sump pump doesn’t work?  When your sump pump stops working or is overwhelmed, it’s a problem, to put it nicely. Installing a water or battery-powered back up sump pump keeps your home dry during power outages or when your primary sump pump fails. Sump pumps are continuously working so they don’t always have the longest or most reliable lifespan.


Cellular Sump Pump Water Alarms are a great solution! These alarms don’t require you to be home to be alerted, nor do they require a phone line connection, or a Wi-Fi signal. They are easy to install and will notify you audibly and by text message! So what happens when you get this news and you aren’t home? You can be proactive still by calling a friend or family member and your trusted Home Service Plumber to take care of the problem before it gets out of hand.

At Thornton & Grooms we’re constantly fixing what’s broken at customer’s homes or things that went wrong, but what if you take a preventative approach? When you’re away for the winter and Michigan temperatures plummet, you can control the heat in your home and possibly keep your pipes from freezing from your smart phone utilizing a Wi-Fi Thermostat. These thermostats are growing in popularity because they are easy to use, reliable, and more affordable.

According to Murphy’s Law anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, which is why having a flood guard on your water heater just makes sense. An old or malfunctioning water heater that begins to leak water will continue until it is manually shut off, typically when you return from work or your vacation or on the off-chance you run to the basement. With a flood guard water loss is detected and the water supply is automatically shut off and will sound an alarm; some advanced versions will call or text the homeowner.

Oftentimes we don’t think about preventative measures until its too late but secure them for “the next time.” Eliminate the disaster by installing these lifestyle comfort products today. To have any one or all of these fail-safes installed in your home, call us or contact us online at HERE.

At Thornton & Grooms our focus is home comfort; what’s more comforting than not having to worry about ANYTHING but your tan?
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