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There is something to the phrase “there’s an app for that”. Mobile apps are useful tools to assist us with organizing our often hectic lives. From fitness tracking to planning a family, apps have become our own handheld personal assistants. When it comes to taking care of your home, yes, there is even an app for that too. As a matter of fact, there are a few of them. We’re breaking down the 5 apps that you can use to not only streamline your life but also help you avoid costly repairs to your home.
What if there was a way to prevent leaking pipes from becoming massive floods? Leaky faucets, toilets or pipes can lead to expensive repairs and cause your water bill to skyrocket. Flo combines both device and app to monitor the flow of your home’s water system. First, the device continuously tracks the temperature, pressure, and flow of the water running through the pipes for any abnormalities. Once it detects an issue, the device can automatically shut off the water in the house or give you the option to do so from the phone. From here it becomes even more interesting since the device syncs with the app it immediately sends a notification to contact your plumber to check into the issue. While the Flo app is free, the device does have a higher upfront cost of around $500. However, the savings you’ll receive in the long run will pay for itself in folds over a short period of time.
Dirt and grime in the home can lead to unsightly stains odors and in some cases, lead to a buildup of mold. The JEMAKO Simply Clean app is a digital encyclopedia of cleaning solutions for every part of the house. Spilled some wine on the carpet? They’ve got a fix for that. Maybe there is some discoloration in your bathroom grout that needs to be removed. The app has a solution for that too. In fact, they have a number of different methods to clean your home using step-by-step instructions that can be accessed on your phone or tablet. You can choose the material that you’ll be cleaning in addition to the type of mess, which will give you a customized solution for every nook and cranny of your home.
When it comes to any home improvement projects that you take on, it helps to have the all of the right tools at hand before beginning. This is especially important when doing any sort of woodworking. The Woodshop Widget comes in quite handy for any projects that require precise wood measurements. It can estimate the volume of wooden boards, which is quite helpful when sourcing materials to build decks and other load bearing constructions. Plus, the app can create a calculation of how much the wood will expand or shrink in certain temperatures. You can also create the perfect shellac solution using the calculator to determine how much alcohol to add or remove. For all things related to wood, this app is definitely a digital swiss army knife.
If you are a DIY enthusiast then you might have a need for an app that gives you thousands of projects to use as inspiration for your home. Whether you need to revamp your outdoor furniture, remodeling your kitchen or repair damaged flooring, the Home Improvement app has a collection of project ideas to help turn your ideas into reality. With videos and suggestions from other home improvement gurus, you can be sure that you’re getting helpful information to guide you through the project. This how-to manual for your house or apartment will give you a wide range of solutions as well as allow you to share your own DIY know-how with the others.
When you have a number of apps controlling your home’s security, electrical and even water systems, it’s wise to make sure that everything is synced together in one place. Stringify makes it easy to automate your home by linking all of your apps and devices together. Whether you need to double check that all of the doors were locked and the lights were turned off, this app’s got you covered. This app makes it easy to save time, energy and money while allowing your home to be even more connected. Plus, when synced with devices such as Flo, you can further protect your home from leaks due to damaged pipes.
Protecting your home sometimes means using unorthodox ways to do so. There are a number of apps out there which protect one of your biggest investments from losing value due to preventable damage. Using just a couple of these recommendations will help you avoid costly repairs and provide inspiration for future projects. Luckily, protecting your home is literally in the palm of your hand.