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Wireless Leak Detection

  
 Watercop Starter Kit WC-3/4  Wireless Sensor with One Head Freeze Sensor Roll over image for description. Click on image to enlarge

This system could save your home from being severely damaged by a water leak that occurs while you are away or asleep.  Water pipes run through your entire home and are used by many home appliances such as:  dishwashers, clothes washing machines, hot water heaters, water softeners, and toilets.  If one of these appliances fails, the result could be water flowing into your home.  Freezing temperatures can also cause pipe breaks and subsequent water flooding.  Here are some statistics to think about:   Every year more than 250,000 homes sustain water damage caused by leaking or ruptured water pipes, washing machine hose failures alone cause approximately $150 million in damage to homes in North America each year, approximately 5 million hot water heaters rupture each year.

This system can detect water leaks or freezing water in pipes, and automatically shut off your home's water supply, preventing or limiting severe damage to your home.  It also can be interfaced with your home automation system (e.g. Stargate, Ocelot, etc.) to report the system's status and to be manually controlled from inside your home, or from a remote location.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Receiver
    • Installs in-line on your home's main water supply pipe.
    • Normally installed right after your home's manual water valve.
    • Contains a high quality motorized ball valve that opens and closes to shut off or open main water supply to home.
    • Won't restrict water flow when valve is opened, and completely shuts off water flow when valve is closed.
    • Valve can be manually closed/opened by pressing buttons on the receiver.
    • Lights indicate whether valve is opened or closed (green = open, red = closed).
    • Requires properly grounded 115VAC power (8 foot power cord provided).
    • In a power failure, valve remains in last state when power is restored.
  • Wireless Water Sensors
    • You can use an unlimited amount of wireless water sensors throughout your home.
    • The probe on the wireless sensor is at the end of a 6 foot small wire.  The probe is what detects water.
    • Range of sensor is 150 to 175 feet depending on mounting location of sensor and receiver.
    • Sensor probe contacts are gold plated for reliability.
    • Frequency is between 400 and 500 MHz.
    • Dip switches are provided on sensors and receivers to change communication codes.
    • Uses AA batteries with estimated life of 1 year.  Low battery condition is announced by "chirp".
    • Optional AC Adapter available.
  • Wireless Freeze Sensors
    • Sensor clamps over water pipe and detects freezing of water (35 - 37 degrees F.)
    • You can use an unlimited amount of freeze sensors throughout your home.
    • Range of sensor is 150 to 175 feet depending on mounting location of sensor and receiver.
    • Frequency is between 400 and 500 MHz.
    • Dip switches are provided on sensors and receivers to change communication codes.
    • Uses AA batteries with estimated life of 1 year.  Low battery condition is announced by "chirp".
  • Home Automation or Alarm System Interface
    • Has a built-in I/O board with 6 screw terminals.
    • Can be used with a home automation controller to automatically close or open the valve when you leave from or return to your home.  Great to include in a "vacation" mode/macro to automatically turn off the water supply to your home while you are on vacation.  If your home automation system has paging or verbal notification capabilities (like Stargate does) you can be paged when a water leak is detected, in addition to the system automatically shutting off the water supply.
    • Can be used with alarm systems to automatically shut off your home's water supply when the alarm is armed in "Away" mode.  This operation requires your alarm panel to have terminals that would provide separate contact closures when the "Away" mode is activated and deactivated.  You can also connect the leak detection system to your alarm system as a separate zone that will sound the alarm when a leak is detected.
    • Contact closures will close or open valve.  Separate terminals are provided for open and close to ensure intended operation.
    • Receiver can report the open or closed state of the valve with opened or closed output contacts (both NO and NC contacts provided).
  • Specifications and Warranty
    • Available in 1/2, 3/4, and 1 inch models (the size of your home's main water supply pipe).
    • Maximum working water pressure is 125 PSIG.
    • Valve material: brass.
    • Size of receiver (inches): 6.5 x 11.0 (incl. 5 inch antenna) x 4.0
    • Size of sensor (inches) 2.75 x 10.0 (incl. 6 inch antenna) x .75
    • Warranty:  1 year provided by manufacturer

Pricing

All of the products on this page are special order items.

Description SKU # Price
Leak detection system, includes receiver and 3 wireless water sensors, for 3/4 inch pipe WC-3/4 $599
Leak detection system, includes receiver and 3 wireless water sensors, for 1 inch pipe     WC-1 $599
Additional wireless water sensor with one head WC-SENSOR $81
Additional wireless water sensor with two heads WC-SENSOR2 $89
Freeze Sensor (see picture on right top of page) WC-FREEZE $99
AC Adapter for wireless sensors WC-ACADAPTER $19

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