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Dome Alert wants to protect your home against disasters on the cheap

By Shawn Knight
Jan 29, 2016
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  1. One of my close friends recently had to replace all of the flooring in his home after a pipe burst. Unfortunately, he was at work at the time and had no way of knowing gallons upon gallons of water were flooding the place. He walked in after work to discover an inch of standing water throughout the house. If he had the Dome Alert system installed, he may have been able to mitigate the damages (and save a lot of money).

    Dome Alert is a 24/7 professionally-monitored system that aims to offer protection from some of the most common and expensive disasters in a home. The system is comprised of a hub, a fire / carbon monoxide sensor and a flood / freeze sensor. More than one of each type of sensor can be added to the mix, we're told.

    The fire / carbon monoxide sensor is designed to mount beside your existing smoke detector. When that goes off, Dome Alert picks up on the sound it emits and triggers its own alert. While neat, that means your current smoke detector must also detect carbon monoxide for Dome Alert to do the same. It's also useless if your smoke detector's batteries are dead so be sure and check those regularly.

    The flood / freeze sensor detects when liquid comes in contact with the copper nodes on its bottom. There's also an internal thermometer that'll trigger an alarm when the temperature drops below 41 degrees F.

    When an alarm is triggered, you'll get a notification on your smartphone in addition to a service call from the monitoring company, UCC. The companion app lets you disable false alarms, set up emergency contacts (friends, family or neighbors, for example) in the event you're out of town and more.

    Casey Hermansen, the creator of Dome Alert, says it offers the benefits of other home protection systems without the expensive setup costs and long-term commitments.

    Dome Alert is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. With just over a week remaining in its campaign, it's roughly $9,000 short of hitting its $25,000 goal. A super early bird tier priced at $79 has already been spoken for but you can get in on the action as of writing for $99. That'll get you a Dome Alert system with hub and two sensors plus six months of professional monitoring.

    Do note that monitoring runs $9 per month. It's unclear if Dome Alert will function without the professional monitoring (simply sending alerts to your smartphone only). Even still, $9 isn't much to pay to augment your existing home protection equipment or round out your professionally-monitored security system. What's more, you may also qualify for a discount on your home or renters insurance for having a professionally-monitored service installed.

    While I can't speak for Dome Alert specifically, I had a professional-monitored alarm system installed shortly after moving into my current place. The high cost aside, it does give me the peace of mind that I'm protected (to a reasonable extent, of course) in the event of a break-in both while I'm at home and away.

    I say that to say this: there is value in home monitoring and if the Dome Alert works as well as advertised, it could be a worthy investment.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,505   +2,055

    I'm fully insured against these kinds of disasters. A few years ago my geyser burst while nobody was at home. It destroyed some ceilings, carpets, paintwork and my wood flooring. The house was a filthy mess. It was helluva inconvenient and frustrating but my insurance very quickly replaced everything that was damaged, repainted the interior of my entire house, replaced the original imbuya scuffed parquet wood floors with solid oak parquet, installed brand new carpets wherever I instructed them to, all for the princely sum of zero then deposited a few grand into my bank account for incidentals. In the end I was pretty satisfied.
     
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,195   +589

    I would only get this if my home owners insurance lowered their rates for people who have this installed.
     
  4. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 510   +46

    I suppose its a good idea but in reality what can it do? No point sending a message to my phone to tell my my house is flooded, by time I get home the damage has already been done. It would be better if you could upgrade the stopcock (not sure what americans call this or if they even have them?) in the home to a digital one and if it detected a possible leak it shuts off the water at the mains
     
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  5. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Booster Posts: 124   +23

    Its the water valve. but I think this would be helpful if your water tank springs a leak in the basement. if you don't go downstairs very often, it may be 24-48 hours before you realize what has happened. I would like to be alerted... however, I'm not sure what the $9 a month is for. why can't it just send me a text directly and I go check it out. I dont need a third party monitoring it.
     

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