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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

 

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

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

Stop Under Sink Water Leaks With Floodstop Water Valve Unit for Hot and Cold Water Lines

by Barbara 22. July 2012 07:01

Question about the FloodStop for Sinks Lead Free Water Valve FS3/8CD.

Question: "Our neighbor recently had extensive water damage from a leak under a bathroom sink. The sink is in a rarely used bathroom. The first hint of the water leak was the damp spot on the ceiling in the room below. What product do you suggest for protecting our guest room sink which is rarely used? Thanks. Sam."

Answer:  For a single location, install the FloodStop for Sinks Lead Free Water Valve FS3/8CD. The "CD" stands for compression fitting, i.e. no soldering is required. The Floodcheck water valves connect to the angle stops and supply lines. FloodStop water valves are full port ball valves that meet the California and Vermont lead free water valve standards for drinking water.  Add additional sensors for more coverage under the sink. Do remember that you will need an unswitched electrical outlet for power: electricity is used only when the sensor detects water.

When a hot or cold water leak is detected, Floodstop shuts off the water below the sink and sounds an 87 db alarm.

Installation:

    Connect the water valve to cold and hot water lines under the sink.
    Mount the control unit.
    Place sensor(s) on floor.
    Plug power supply into an unswitched outlet. Note: electricity is used only when the sensor detects water.

NOTE: DO NOT PLACE SENSOR DIRECTLY ON METAL PAN OR DAMP FLOOR. If no water is present and alarm sounds, place paper towel or cloth under sensor to "insulate" against floor dampness or metal of pan. When the paper or cloth gets wet, the sensor activates the shut-off and sounds the alarm.

How FloodStop (FS 3/8-CD) Works:

    FloodStop valves connect to the angle stops and supply lines.
    Water leak sensor is placed at the base of the fixture (sink, laundry tubs, bathtub, etc.).
    Valve remains open until a water leak or water loss is detected.
    Water on the sensor signals the Floodstop controller which closes the valve and alarms.
    Valve remains closed until system is reset, and sensor is dry.

FloodStop (FS 3/8-CD) Components:

    Motorized Ball Valves (Two Valves, 3/8 inch Compression Fitting).
    Control unit with battery backup (4 C batteries, not included).
    AC power adaptor (or use 4 C Batteries as primary power source).
    Water leak sensor (1.25" X 7.5").
    Output contact wires (2).

Technical Specifications:

    UL Listed Class 2 Wall Adaptor, 115AC/9VDC.
    UPC listed, full port, motorized ball valves.
    Motor operates at 6VDC.
    Rated 0-180 PSI. Max 250 PSI. Solid brass.
    Signal outputs: 2 normally closed.
    Alarm: beeping with mute button.

Features:

    For added water detection protection, add more sensors. Sensors plug into sensors, NOT the Control Box.
    The 3/8 inch valve is 3.75 inches long.
    Controller has reset and test buttons to test valve performance plus battery back up.
    Easy to install, operate, and maintain.
    Designed for residential, condo and apartment dwellings.
    Full port ball valves automatically shut off water supply to sink when water sensor/sensors get wet.
    Power: 120VAC and/or battery backup (4 C batteries).
    No wires to route throughout the home.
    Alarm: beeping with mute button.
    Water Sensor: 1.5" X 7.5", double sided. Additional sensors may be added in series.
    AC Adapter Cord Length: 6 Ft.
    Wire Length from the Controller to the Valve: About 30 Inches Long.
    FloodStop Controller:
        3 buttons: Mute, Close Valve and Open Valve.
        Water sensitivity adjustment. Clockwise: less sensitive. Counter clockwise: More sensitive.
        4-pin connection to valve/sensor connector.
        Outputs: Normally closed. Contacts for any device that can utilize them, like auto phone dialers, alarm systems, X10 home automations devices.
    One year limited manufacturer warranty.

I hope this helps with your situation.

If you want whole house protection, a install the Floodstop Whole House Auto Water Valve System. This unit comes in 3/4”, 1” and 1.25” valve sizes. Included with each system are one Motorized Full-Port Ball Valve,one Controller (that shuts off the main water valve),four Sensor Modules, four sensors to place in areas you want protected, one transformer for the controller and four low voltage transformers for the sensor modules. This unit screws onto the water pipe, i.e. it is an NPT or National Pipe Thread Tapered Thread.

Go to WWW.SafeHomeProducts.com for more information.

Thank you again.

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

Install Safety First Automatic Gas Valve System and Prevent Gas Explosions In Home or Business

by Barbara 20. September 2010 13:13

Question about the Scentry III GFRAB Automatic Gas Valve and Gas Detector System and the Scentry III SFGVC Gas Valve Controller, No Gas Valve

Q:"After the explosion in San Bruno, CA on 9/9/2010, I am concerned about my home exploding. I have a natural gas furnace, a natural gas fireplace, a natural gas water heater and a natural gas range. I don't have a full basement: my crawl space is about 12 inches high. Drainage is excellent. There would be some moisture but not water. Can this automatic gas valve and sensor system system be installed there?I see that the Scentry III has a connection for an auto-dialer and also can be connected to a ventilation system. Thanks. Thomas."

Answer: This unit allows you to use remote gas detectors to place near your other gas appliances. There is a battery back-up available if you want protection during a power failure. We do have an installation manual available on our website for this unit.The Scentry Installation Manual.

The GFRAB stands for gas sensor, mounting feet, remote ready, alarm and battery and includes the gas valve shut-off/controller. NOTE: Must be used with a Scentry III gas valve (sold separately).  Each Scentry gas sensor is calibrated in a gaseous atmosphere so it will alarm at 10% of the lower explosive level (LEL) of the combustible gas. This is not a carbon monoxide alarm as it has only a combustible gas alarm sensor.

Scentry III-GFRAB Gas (Mounting) Feet Remote (Ready) Alarm Battery Specifications:

  • Case: ABS Plastic
  • Physical Size: 7.6 inches by 4.6 inches
  • Weight: 2.25 lbs
  • Color: Gray
  • Power consumption: 1.5va
  • Supports up to 4 calibrated remote sensors (not included)
  • Requires Scentry III-GVD gas valve (purchase separately)
  • Supports Battery Back-Up (Not Included)
  • Gas Valve Controller for combustible gasses such as natural gas or propane gas. Includes a 24 volt transformer.
  • Connections: screw terminals
  • Input Power: 115VAC, 60 Hz
  • Output Control Relays: 2 amps, 24 VAC
  • Alarm Signal Output: 12V DC @500 ma
  • Reset: manual
  • Sensor Type: Tin Dioxide Semiconductor
  • Alarm Points: Propane (LP) <5200 PPM
  • Alarm Points: Natural Gas / Methane <12,200 PPM
  • Manufactured Proudly in the USA for Safety First USA, Inc.
  • Warranty: 1 year from date of purchase.

The gas valves that interface are a 1/2 inch, a 3/4 inch and a 1 inch valve.

Scentry III-SFGVC Safety First Gas Valve Controller Specifications:
  • Case: ABS Plastic
  • Physical Size: 4.6 inches by 3.1 inches
  • Weight: .5 lb.
  • Color: Bone
  • Reset: manual
  • Output Control Relays: 4 amp, 24VAC
  • Power: 1.5va
  • Sensor Type: Tin Dioxide Semiconductor
  • Connections: screw terminals
  • Propane alarm point: <5200 PPM
  • Natural Gas/Methane<12,200 PPM
  • Note: Requires a UL Listed Scentry III .5 inch, .75 inch or 1 inch diaphragm type gas valve that is compatible (not included).
  • Note: Requires a 24V transformer (NOT INCLUDED). See installation instructions for specifications i.e. must match the transformer to power requirements of your gas valve.
  • Note: No option for battery back-up to be added later
  • Note: No option for additional sensors to be added later.
  • Made in USA.
  • Manufacturer: Safety First USA

The gas valves that interface are a 1/2 inch, a 3/4 inch and a 1 inch valve.

So the main differences between the units are that the Scentry III-GFRAB gas alarm and gas valve controller (shut-off) includes the 24 volt transformer, has mounting feet and can add options of battery back-up, remote gas sensors and remote alarms.  With the battery option, the pilot lights remain litt during intermittent power failures in regions such as the mountain states where electric power is not always continuous. A 12V output allows adding a phone dialer to alert owners of vacation homes, etc. when an unsafe condition has occurred. Remote gas sensors can be added near gas ranges, gas water heaters, gas furnaces, gas heaters, etc. to add protection using only one gas valve controller.

Please contact us if you have questions about what components to install.

Remember that you need carbon monoxide sensor alarms on every floor of your home and in every bedroom where you close the door. The CO monitor does not monitor propane or natural gas leaks: it monitors the carbon monoxide levels from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels like wood, coal, gas, charcoal, etc.

Thanks again for your timely question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Shutting Off the Flood Stop for Water Heaters Remotely

by Barbara 21. June 2008 03:12

Question about the product:
FloodStop 3/4 in Valve Water Heater Shutoff COMPRESSION Product Code: : FS-3/4-C .

Q: "It looks like your system has a control box with buttons. Can I turn the system off or on with this controller placed remote from the shutoff valve? I would like to be able to turn the whole water supply off when I am away." -Kevin

Answer: The FloodStop controller must be placed near the hot water heater. The only extension wires available are for the AC adapter.

Yes, you can turn the system on and off remotely. The FloodStop Controller indeed has three buttons, mute, close valve and open valve.The outputs are normally closed. You can use contacts for any device that can utilize them, like auto phone dialers, alarm systems, X10 home automations devices., etc. There is a 4-pin connection to valve/sensor connector.

We do sell a whole house water shut off device, the WaterCop , that has a remote shut-off option. That unit is installed on the main water valve into the house. Water sensors are placed under or near appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, water dispensing or ice making refrigerators, etc. The remote shut off can be placed anywhere you please as long as it can be connected to the Watercop controller with Cat 5 cable.

Please contact us if you need more information. The manuals for these products are on our website.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Learning Propane and Carbon Monoxide Levels in a Home

by Barbara 19. March 2002 08:50

Q: Hello Barbara,  I am interested in knowing the level of propane, methane, and CO in my home. We burn propane and wood as fuel for heat, and are having some health problems that may be related. Do you have or know of such products? Please advise.Regards,Al

Answer: Dear Al,

Safe Home Products does not sell home monitors with digital readouts to tell you the exact levels. Most communities have home testing companies with sophisticated equipment to test your home over a period of days.

We do sell  several different carbon monoxide alarms plus combustible gas alarms and one valve shut-off units.  Brands include Safe-T-Alert, Quantum, Fire-x, and Kidde. The 120VAC carbon monoxide alarms by Safe-T-Alert are direct plug in, line cord (for proper placement), and hard-wired. Quantum has 9V battery operated carbon monoxide alarms and 12V/24V hard wired security system carbon monoxide alarms. Quantum also offers marine and RV units. Carbon monoxide can cause health problems as well as asphyxiation by suffocation.

We also sell propane and natural gas alarms by three manufacturers, Safe-T-Alert, Safety Siren and Safety First that will alert you to raw gas leaks before levels reach those where explosions or fire will occur. If you are worried about gas leaks from your furnace or other appliance, we recommend Scentry II Gas Alarm with Automatic Gas Valve Shut-Off.

If you have a cabin that uses propane gas only for heating and lighting, Safety First now has a 12V gas valve as well. This can run from a 12V battery or two that is re-charged using a solar panel.It is important to use the recommended gas valve or the Safety First unit will not function properly. We do recommend that you have your propane using appliances checked at least once a year by a professional and contact your propane supplier if you suspect a raw gas leak inside or outside your home. Remember our mission statement is "A Safer Life Starts Here."

Sincerely,
Barbara