The problem: sudden and gradual leaks in awkward places
The problem is an "Escape of Water" event from a dishwasher, which we will refer to here as a leak. It is important to note that "Escape of Water" is different from flooding. Escape of Water is defined as an event where the water comes from inside the structure according to the ABI [ref].
There are six common sources of leaks on a dishwasher [ref]. The supply hose, the return hose, the appliance door, the appliance drain, an un-level dishwasher, and a defective pump. All of these can result in a small, gradual leak or a sudden and accidental leak. Most leaks will be exacerbated during dishwasher use. And frequently the troubleshooting of the leak involves running the machine to produce a leak. Eventually, all of the leaks will manifest with water underneath and below the dishwasher [ref].
A dishwasher leak can cause water damage in a variety of ways to a variety of different elements of your kitchen. Many materials are susceptible to damage after a dishwasher leak including tile, wood, laminate, electrical wiring, drywall, wallpaper, and paint.
The LAIIER solution: a uniquely thin sensor
As detailed, water leaks from dishwashers can be costly- not only dealing with appliance repairs but also their secondary damage. Mitigating these large costs is therefore crucial and the key lies within rapid, early detection of water leaks. The compactness of built-in dishwashers are only getting more popular suggesting the restricted space for water detection devices. With LAIIER, our flexible and thin sensors can adapt to these limited spaces, detecting leaks extremely early in the process. Our sensors can furthermore notify homeowners promptly via our Surface to Cloud™ platform that uses LoRaWAN- an ideal network for wireless, power-efficient communication.