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Automatic Water Valve Shuts Offs and Alarms When Washing Machine Leaks

by Barbara 9. June 2016 02:38

Question about the products Washing Machine FloodStop FS3/4H-90 and FloodStop FS-3/4-H Washing Machine,In-Line Auto Water Valves.

Q:"Please tell me how many inches it is from the valve connector to the inside 90 of the device. Please send diagram with measurements if possible. Our valves are located in the back of the box and I have concerns if the valves will protrude past the front cover, plus I want to install water arrestors. Thanks, Jim."

Answer: We checked with the manufacturer's rep as this was beyond our expertise. Bob's response: "I have no diagram available for him, but understand his question.

The distance from the inlet end of the valve where the spinning female threaded collar is to the inside edge of the 90 degree downward outlet end of the valve is 2 9/16 inches (slightly over 2.5 inches). The FloodStop 3/4-H90 was specifically designed for wall box type installations. Numerous wall boxes were evaluated to determine the valve design so it would fit all brands. I cannot remember when someone returned a FloodStop 3/4-H90 because the outlet end of the FS valves did not protrude past the front cover of the wall box. Typically installing water arrestors increases the extension of the FS valves out from the hot and cold water hose-bibs."

FYI: The FloodStop is a dual valved water damage control device that turns off water to a washer machine when the water sensor (placed usually under the machine) senses moisture. The newest model utilizes AC power with a battery backup and has twin ball valves that shut off the water.

For those who have a different system, we do have the straight line version.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Converting From Oil Furnaces to Natural Gas In NE USA States Means Adding Gas Safety Devices, Too.

by Barbara 4. December 2014 09:04

Question about safety issues when converting from oil heat to gas heat.

Q: "A natural gas shale line from Marcellus Shale gas in Pennsylvania may extend into the Northeastern states in the next year, if approved (Quote from CBS 12/3/2014) We currently are using oil heat. Replacing the furnace with natural gas will save us a lot of money. How can we avoid the health risks associated with natural gas?"Thanks Tom.

Answer: Continue using carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors as you have been doing, remembering to test them monthly and change batteries once a year. I would also suggest you add a Scentry III Gas Shut Off system on your main line into the home as well as Safe-T-Alert Combustible Gas Alarm or a Safety Siren III natural gas alarm near your natural gas appliances such as ranges, fireplaces, etc.

With the Scentry III GFRAB, you can add additional remote sensors, a battery back-up and a connection to a home monitoring system if you have one or plan to get one.

Remember that natural gas is lighter than air and "puddles" at the ceiling above the appliance using it. If near an open stairway, the gas will go to the top of the stairway.

An annual furnace tune up with filter change is needed with gas furnaces as well as with oil. If you want the best disposable furnace filters, use the 4 inch or 1 inch Safe Home filters.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

MedReady Automatic Pill Box Dispenser Replacement Battery for Battery Back-UP

by Barbara 18. April 2014 05:51

Question about replacement batteries for MedReady 1600

Q: "I need a new battery for my MedReady 1600 Pill box dispenser. How difficult is it to change it? Is it expensive? Thanks. Sara."

Answer: Medready Replacement Battery is under $15 plus shipping. This battery is easily changed. Open the battery door on the bottom of the unit, remove old battery and insert the new one. This battery fits all Medready 1400, 1500, 1600 and 1700 series. This battery gives up to 72 hours' back-up to a Medready automated pillbox. Great for traveling. Recharge with 12V power socket in your car.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,Barbara

Prevent Most Water Heater Leak Disasters with Floodstop Automatic Water System

by Barbara 21. March 2014 13:19

Question: How can a Floodstop water heater automatic water system save me from a flooded basement?

Q: "I don't understand the value of installing a Floodstop single appliance water shut off system on my water heater. Isn't the water heater going to leak out all 40 or 50 gallons of water anyway? Thanks. Tom."

Answer: We discussed this with our Floodstop distributor, did some on-line research and remembered our own failed water heaters over the years. As our distributor explained, water heater water loss is typically from a pin-hole leak caused by corrosion to the inside lining of the tank. With Floodstop, you can choose to daisy-chain several sensors together to extend under the tank (if raised) or on the side where the sewer drain lies. Once a FloodStop sensor detects a leak, the Floodstop valve is immediately closed. Typically this pin-hole does not get larger because the Floodstop valve closure creates a kind of vacuum within the tank so no more water escapes. This is like putting your finger over the top end of a straw with water in it. That is why it is not necessary to have a device that shuts off the gas or the electricity to the water heater.

You, the home or apartment dweller, will know you have an issue to deal with when you get home hours, days or weeks later. You'll either hear the alarm or you'll go to the sink and there is no water immediately. Once you break the vacuum, the pin hole leak will again begin to drip. By then, the owner will shut off the water and the vacuum will resume. Then you'll be shopping for a new water heater.

Among plumbers and owners of high rise condo complexes,, the Floodstop is considered to be the best choice to prevent water disasters. Unfortunately, sometimes almost brand new water heaters begin to drip. Ex. My late Mom's installed 6 years prior to her death, lasted one year before it began to leak. Luckily it was in a visible basement area and was caught before any significant damage occurred.

Floodstop Automatic Water Systems for Water Heaters Come in These Sizes:

  1. FloodStop Water Heater Auto Water Valve Shutoff .75IN NPT, V.4
  2. FloodStop 1 Inch Valve for Water Heater/Softener, FS1.00-NPT-V4
  3. FloodStop Auto Water Valve for Water Heater/Softener, FS1.25 NPT
  4. FloodStop .50 Inch Valve for Heater/Softener, FS 1/2-NPT-V4
  5. FloodStop Automatic Valve for Water Heater/Softener, 3/4 In.Compression

Extra moisture sensors are also available. And these new Floodstops use either 4 AA batteries and AC power or can operate only on the 4AA batteries.

All Floodstop Units Include:

  • Motorized full-port stainless steel ball valve in brass valve body lined with Teflon (3/4 inch compression fittings).
  • Valve meets low lead drinking water standards of all US states.
  • Control unit with battery backup (4 AA batteries, not included).
  • AC power adapter (or use 4 AA Batteries as primary power source).
  • Water leak sensor.
  • Output contact wires (2).
  • Automatic Water Valve Shut Off 

Technical Specifications:

  • UL Listed Class 2 Wall Adapter, 115AC/9VDC.
  • UPC listed, full port, motorized ball valve: CNC machined.
  • Motor operates at 6VDC.
  • Rated 0-180 PSI. Max 250 PSI. Solid brass.
  • Signal outputs: 2 normally closed.
  • Alarm: beeping with mute button.
  • One year limited manufacturer's warranty.
If you need quantities for a condominium or apartment complex, please contact us directly.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

How Many Tubes for the Replacement Blood Pressure Cuff For My Blood Pressure Machine?

by Barbara 5. August 2013 11:01

Question: How do I know which blood pressure cuff to get to match my blood pressure monitor?

Q: "Which cuff do I buy? One tube or two tube? Thanks. Jim."

Answer: This is the chart you need to follow:

  • One tube: for automatic blood pressure monitors
  • Two tubes: for manual inflation blood pressure monitors. You need one tube to connect to the inflation bulb.
  • Three tubes: for manual inflation blood pressure monitors that have an attached stethoscope.

Remember that some blood pressure machines require adapters to handle cuffs larger than or smaller than the one that came with the machine.

Also, you need to choose between D ring cuffs and those that do not have the D-ring tighteners. Measure your arm carefully with a tape measure. Too large of a cuff won't pressurize properly, too small will read incorrectly. Choose between latex and latex-free cuffs. Also remember that cuffs are sometimes sold without the internal bladder.

Thigh cuffs are not made for the majority of automatic machines.

Many cuffs are latex-free.

Replacement blood pressure cuff page on SafeHomeProducts.com gives you a list of many options.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

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Extending Sensor And Valve Shut Off Wires on FloodStop Water Heater Device

by Barbara 27. March 2013 08:33

Question about the Water Heater FloodStop with 3/4" valve FS3/4NPT and extending the length of the sensor and valve shut-off wires.

Q: "I purchased a Water Heater FloodStop with 3/4" valve FS3/4NPT. How far can the controller be located away from the shut off valve? 25 feet? Can I splice the controller to shut off valve wire and add 20 feet? Can I splice the sensor wire and add 30 feet? Thanks for all your help, Jerry"

Answer: Yes, you can extend the length of both wires. The controller can be located at any distance, so 25 feet is no problem. You can do this by splicing in a similar gauge paired wire as you suggested, or you can purchase our Controller to Valve Extension Wire, which is about 8 feet long. If you ordered 4 of them and simply plugged them into each other, you would not have to go buy wire or do any splicing.

You can splice into the sensor wire and extend it by 30 feet no problem. Or you can add Floodstop Individual Water Appliance Additional Water Sensor XS-01 unitsthat each have a 3 foot long wire and interconnect to give you more water sensor coverage. We do not have a controller to sensor extension wire, as the customized length can be so varied that the manufacturer did not create one.

Thank you for your question. Your question was asked of and answered by Mary Joyce and our distributor. I found it and thought it was a great one to share with others. Extending the sensor and valve shut off wires of all the individual FloodStop automatic water sensor and automatic valve shut off devices can be done in a similar fashion.

Sincerely,

Barbara

"Gordo" The Fat Cat Slims Down with Ergo Pet Feeder with Timed Kibble Release

by Barbara 1. March 2013 14:24

Question about the effectiveness of Ergo Pet Feeder for Cats and Dogs.

Q: "How can an Ergo Pet Feeder help me slim down my adopted cat? With my former cat, I could leave kibble out all the time in a gravity feeder. This cat will eat until all the kibble is gone.Thanks. Carol.

Answer: Like humans, cats and dogs maintain a healthier weight with several smaller meals each day. My younger son and his family adopted a cat several years ago from the Minneapolis Humane Society. He was literally a fat cat. Their attempts to let him eat using a gravity feeder failed. They named him "Gordo" just like in the old time comic strip. He would eat all that came out.

They purchased an Ergo Pet Feeder and set it to release kibble four times a day, the total being what he needed to reduce his size yet be adequately nourished. Gordo soon learned when the food was about to be dispensed. I understand he still maintains watch for about 10 minutes before the food dispenses. Gordo reduced his weight to a healthy one except for two times. The first happened when he got into the closet with the cat food and ate his way through the bag. The second was during the three weeks he was missing in the spring of 2012. He was returned because he was micro-chipped. For a while, they nicknamed him "El Gato" the thin one as he was really skinny. They also purchased a Medium Ergo pet waterer. That way they can leave Gordo alone over the week-end without worrying about food or water or a cat sitter. They do add an extra litter box as he is particular as most cats are.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Raccoon Proofing an Ergo Automatic Pet Feeder for Outdoor Dog or Cat

by Barbara 31. May 2012 07:03

Question about the Ergo Auto Pet Feeder 5 lb. Capacity Timed, SMALL

Q: "We have an outdoor cat on our acreage in the country. Sometimes we are gone for several days at a time. We have no close neighbors. The raccoons get into the cat food no matter how hard we try to keep them out. Is this unit the best choice for us and how do we keep the raccoons out?" Thanks. Bill

Answer: We decided you really needed a pet feeder that would dispense into a bowl, which would be the Pond Feeder.  I consulted with the manufacturer after we discussed the Ergo Small Automatic Outdoor POND FEEDER as an option. Your comment was that your cat ate once a day and about 1 cup of cat kibble. The manufacturer's suggestion was to purchase the Ergo Outdoor Automatic POND FEEDER. MEDIUM. That is because this unit has an agitator so that the kibble would flow even if it got damp. Your response was that the unit would be in a sheltered area, that you only needed a 5 lb. capacity.

The anti-raccoon suggestion given by the manufacturer was to enclose this pond feeder unit in a metal cage or fencing that would have openings no larger than 4 inches. That way the kibble would dispense into a bowl through the holes and the raccoon could not get into the feeder itself. We concluded that a caging with a smaller hole, perhaps two inches maximum would work as well. We hope to hear back from you about your cage/enclosure so we can pass this information onto others.

Thanks for your very interesting question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

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Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors with Irregular Heart Beat Indicator and JNC7 Bar Indicator for Blood Pressure

by Barbara 12. February 2012 13:21

Question about automatic blood pressure monitors that show an irregular heart beat has occurred.

Q: " Which blood pressure monitors give indications of an irregular heart beat? My mother was told she has this problem. I want to keep track of my blood pressure and know if or when I have it, too. Thanks. Lily."

Answer: The definition of an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia is a heartbeat that varies by 25% from the average of all heartbeat intervals during a blood pressure measurement. According to WebMD, "arrhythmias may be caused by many different factors, including:

  • Coronary artery disease.
  • Electrolyte imbalances in your blood (such as sodium or potassium).
  • Changes in your heart muscle.
  • Injury from a heart attack.
  • Healing process after heart surgery.

Irregular heart rhythms can also occur in "normal, healthy" hearts." And there are no symptoms in those situations.

"A normal heart rate is 50 to 100 beats per minute. Arrhythmias and abnormal heart rates don't necessarily occur together. Arrhythmias can occur with a normal heart rate, or with heart rates that are slow (called bradyarrhythmias -- less than 50 beats per minute). Arrhythmias can also occur with rapid heart rates (called tachyarrhythmias -- faster than 100 beats per minute). In the United States, more than 850,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year.refrain from talking during measurements. arrhythmia can be silent and not cause any symptoms. A doctor can detect an irregular heartbeat during a physical exam by taking your pulse or through an electrocardiogram (ECG)." from WebMD.

The majority of newer automatic blood pressure monitors have an Irregular Heartbeat symbol appear in the digital display window in the event an Irregular Heartbeat has occurred during measurement. An irregular heartbeat is defined as a heartbeat that varies by 25% from the average of all heartbeat intervals during the blood pressure measurement.

The blood pressure monitors below also use an bar indicator advocated by the The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure for Adults. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - May 2003. This is a feature which provides a snapshot of your blood pressure classification based on your measurements. This will let you quickly know what your blood pressure readings mean. Each segment of the bar indicator corresponds normal, prehypertensive, hypertensive 1 or hypertensive 2.The Systolic reading is first and the diastolic reading is second.

  • Normal less than 120 and less than 80
  • Prehypertension 120-139 or 80-89
  • Stage 1 Hypertension 140-159 or 90-99
  • Stage 2 Hypertension 160 or 100

When taking your blood pressure or when your nurse or physician takes it, you should relax, remain still and refrain from talking. (My doctor's nurse always wants me to answer questions, maybe that is one reason why my bp is always higher in their office?, White collar bp syndrome!)

Keys to Successful Monitoring: Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day. We recommend that you are consistent in your daily measurement routine:
• Measure at the same time every day.
• Sit in the same chair/position.
• Do not cross legs and keep your feet flat on the floor.
• Relax for 5 minutes before measurement.
• Use the correct cuff size to get an accurate reading.
• Sit still during measurement – no talking, eating or sudden
movements.
• Record your measurement in a logbook.

Here are some blood pressure monitors we currently sell that have the irregular heart beat symbol in the display:

The models change every year or so.

I hope I have answered your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

WA State Requires Automatic Gas Valve Shut Off System in New Homes

by Barbara 16. April 2011 08:06

Question about the Scentry III GFRAB Home LP/Natural Gas Detector.

Q: "How fast can you get a Scentry III system to me? Washington State now requires an automatic gas shut off system be installed before an occupancy permit can be issued for a new home who has a propane furnace in the basement. We are desperate. What I need are several components, the Scentry III GVL .75 Inch Gas Valve and the Scentry III GFRAB Home LP/Natural Gas Detector. My plumber is ready to install it. Our home rental is almost up. We are desperate. We have propane in this new home since it is in the country. Thanks. Robert."

Answer: Yours is the third sale to Washington state in the first two weeks of March. That is encouraging news to the building trade as the economy begins to improve.

The other sales were to Olympia, Seattle and to Bainbrdige Island. You live in Port Orchard. We appreciate that you've offered your contractor our contact information since we do have discounts available on packages of 6 units. We can next day air the units to you.

All customers ordered the 3/4 inch gas valve and the GRAB model. For those who are unfamiliar with these units, the Scentry models are all made in the USA, in fact in Davenport, IA. There is also a 220VAC model available for those who live outside the USA. All gas valves throughout the world are essentially sized the same so a USA made valve works fine in countries where 220V is the standard.

You should consider adding additional gas sensors if you have a propane range or propane fireplace. I know you've shared that both your water heater and furnace are in the same utility room.

In your case, you say that intermittent power failures are rare in your area plus your appliances do not have a standing pilot light. If a home owner with standing pilot light units elects to protect with a Scentry, then we do recommend the battery back-up unit.

Remember to check your carbon monoxide alarms at least monthly and change batteries annually if they are 9 volt units. There is nothing worse than an alarm beeping a low battery warning at 3 a.m.

Thank you for your question and for being our customer. We show your unit arrived on time, Next Day Air Saver, as you requested.

Sincerely,

Barbara