Fibaro Flood Sensor review: Leak detection for handy homeowners

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If you want a water leak sensor that tries to do it all, the Fibaro Flood Sensor might be for you.

The $60 sensor works with any Z-Wave hub, and has a bunch of capabilities you won’t find from the competition. On the downside, it’s pricey for a hub-based sensor and requires expertise to tap its most interesting features.

Setting up the sensor

Fibaro’s sensor uses the Z-Wave protocol to communicate with a hub device, which then uses Wi-Fi to talk to your smartphone. Using a SmartThings hub ($100), the pairing process was pretty simple: Just triple-tap a button inside the sensor to set it to pairing mode, then use the SmartThings app to look for new devices. The hub automatically recognizes the name and type of device, and will begin alerting you to leaks via push notifications.

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