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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

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

Toilet Guardian Keeps Toilet Bowl Water From Overflowing Onto Your Floors

by Barbara 6. November 2013 10:44

Question about best way to keep toilets from overflowing.

Q: "I operate a day care center. The older children toilet themselves; the younger ones have supervision. We have problems with children using too much toilet paper. Then the toilet bowls overflow and there is a mess. What device or devices can we install to prevent these bowl overflows? Thanks. Sara

Answer: The Toilet Guardian TB1000B should save your toilets from overflows. Peace of mind at under $100, no plumber required if you are handy. (The plumber's fee is about the same as the unit in most areas.)

The Toilet Guardian includes a bowl sensor and a controller for an internal valve. When the sensor detects an impending toilet overflow, the sensor signals the controller and the internal valve is closed. This is a great addition to public restrooms, day care centers like yours, private homes, etc..

Battery operated (One CR-2477F Coin Battery), this automatic water shut off valve for the toilet water valve installs easily. Just attach to your existing fill valve at the water connection under the tank. When a potential water problem is detected, you hear the alarm and the water is shut off.

This patented design uses superior Texas Instrument MSP430 technology, replaceable battery (five year life), ceramic disk valve and high impact and chemical resistant materials. Each unit undergoes over 15 function, design and manufacturing tests before shipping.

Toilet Guardian Features Include:

  • No plumber required: easily installed.
  • Twin ceramic disk valves
  • TI MSP430 microprocessor
  • Stainless steel solenoid tested to over 500,000 cycles
  • 3V lithium ion battery w/5 yr. life (replaceable), CR2477F battery
  • Small, light weight, highly impact resistant plastic
  • Size: approximately 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide
  • 0 to 125 psi operating pressure
  • LCD icon display identifies the problem
  • Piezo buzzer for audible alert
  • Two Year Manufacturer's Warranty Against Defects

While you are at it, you should consider installing a Floodstop for your hot water heaters or at the very least a Water Screamer water alarm with 130dB alarm. Water heaters often are in isolated areas. No one knows there is a problem until the water leaks cause damage.

Thanks for your question. Please contact us for more information.

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

Rain Gauge Options to Know When to Water Lawns and Gardens

by Barbara 29. June 2012 10:48

Question about how to choose a rain gauge.

Q:"I want to use a rain gauge to know when to water my lawn and gardens. What are my choices? I plan to check the water after each rain shower and watering. Thanks. Tim."

Answer: Tim, you have some decisions to make. There are simple rain gauges, ornate rain gages and rain gauges with digital read-outs.

  • How much do you want to spend?
  • How large or how much capacity for water do you need?
  • Do you want to empty the gauge or have it empty itself?
  • Do you want a rain gauge that adds interest to your garden?
  • Would your needs be best served by several rain gauge units as opposed to a single one?

These are some of the more popular rain gauges sold by Safe Home:

  1. The P3 International Rain Gauge, Self-Empties,Digital Clock/Readout has an easily viewed LCD readout. Displays current rainfall up to 9.99" and accumulated rainfall up to 99.9" for intervals of 1hr, 24hrs, 7 days, and 30 days.Resolution: 0.03" per inch of rain. Use one AA battery. Quite inexpensive.
  2. The Acu-Rite Rain Gauge Wireless Monitor has a monitor arm set in increments of .5 inches. Enhanced wireless sensor transmission. Three rainfall modes. Self-emptying. Measures in inches and millimeters.
  3. The Vermont Estate Rain Gauge Brass, 26 Inches Tall by Conant Brass measures up to 12 inches of rain in 1/10 inch increments. The stainless steel insert is highly visible with bold black numerals that will last forever. The solid brass drain valve at the bottom makes emptying easy. The collection funnel features a brass screen to keep out unwanted leaves and bugs. Exclusive design uses the convex shape of the glass when filled with water to magnify the numerals by 50%. 26 inches tall by 2.5 inches in diameter. Model CCBVRG8.
  4. The Conant Custom Brass Jeffersonian Rain Gauge is a classy rain gauge that turns into the wind to get the most accurate measurement of rain up to 5 inches in 1/5 inch increments.
  5. The Ancient Graffiti Leaf Rain Gauge Copperplated holds up to 5 inches and is decorative as is the Ancient Graffiti Flower Rain Gauge If you use the less expensive ones like these, you can place them in several places in your yard or garden and more easily keep track of how much water those areas get.

Please visit our website to get more ideas. We have numerous types of rain gages.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

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Dr. Frog Croaks When House Plants Need Water or Use Drip Irrigation Plant Sitters

by Barbara 14. May 2012 07:40

Question about plant moisture sensors.

Q: "Do you sell any products that sense when a plant needs to be watered? I seem to either forget to water my African violets or over water them. Thanks. Sue"

Answer: Safe Home does sell an electronic moisture sensor for plants. This product is called Dr. Frog.Doctor Frog Water Alarm, Electronic Plant Moisture Meter uses twin metal probes that are attached to an electronic moisture sensor. Although water resistant, Dr Frog™ must be removed when you water your plant. Re-insert afterwards. Avoid immersing Doctor Frog™ in water even briefly. Battery life is up to 1 year with normal use. Of course, if you ignore Dr. Frog's alarm, the batteries ( two G10 batteries) will not last very long. There is a light sensor so Dr. Frog won't wake you up at night. Otherwise he will croak for 3 seconds every 10 seconds. 6 month limited manufacturer's warranty. As seen on HGTV's "I Want That."

Other options for keeping your plants adequately watered include:

  • Cobra Co Plant Sitter Water System, Indoor or Outdoor UseCeramic moisture sensor releases drip irrigation to your house plants or outdoor deck plants whether you are home or away. Just remember to refill the one quart tank of the CobraCo(R) Plant Sitter Water System once a week or every two weeks. The Plant Sitter automatically provides water and fertilizer to house or deck plants. The one quart tank and ceramic sensor fit almost any planter. For the average sized plant, the CobraCo Plant Sitter provides drip irrigation as needed to water plants for up to 3 weeks. Great for the elderly or invalids who can enjoy plants without the fuss of watering. No need for a house sitter for short vacations! For longer ones, your house sitter needs to refill only once per week or every second week.
  • CobraCo Plant Sitter Terra Cotta Replacement Ceramic Watering Sensors that work with any container of water.Drip irrigation for house plants. Plant sits up to 3 weeks. Fits almost any planter.Use year-round or for vacations. Great for house plant promotion.The CobraCo(R) Ceramic Watering Sensor provides automatic watering of house plants. The sensors come in a 3-pack and will work with any container of water. The drip time is approximately 6 to 10 hours per water sensor. Keep your plants at the proper moisture level with these ceramic water sensors.

Thank you for your question. These products should keep your thumb "green."

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

130 Decibel Free-Standing 9 Volt Battery Water Screamer Alarm for Hard or Soft Surfaces

by Barbara 21. December 2011 09:15

Question about the Gizmode Water Screamer Water Alarm

Question: "I need several very loud water alarms. I live in an older house whose plumbing is being updated slowly. We had a leak under the kitchen sink that was so bad we had to remove the bottom of the cabinet and rebuild it. The flooring warped as well. Is this the right alarm for us? Thanks. Tom."

Answer: Yes, I would choose this alarm if you want a portable extremely loud water alarm. The Water Screamer has a tip resistant commercial grade design and is made from ABS plastic. The 4.5 inch diameter by 2.5 inch tall size means it takes up little room. Just put in on the floor or bottom of a cupboard. There are 4 stainless steel sensor pins that reach into carpeting. The 9 volt battery is not included: the battery can last for years because there is no power drawn from it unless there is a leak. There is a one year warranty on the water alarm itself.

Buy the economy pack if you want to protect 6 different areas. The Water Screamer 9Volt Water Alarm, 130 dB Alarm,6/PK is an economical choice compared to purchasing automatic shut off devices for all the water using appliances in your home.

Thank you for your question. Please contact us if you want information about individual water shut off devices with alarms such as the Flood Stop or a whole house unit such as the Water Cop. We can assist you with finding the best choices for your home.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Survival Kits and Emergency Water Options for Home or Business Emergency Preparedness

by Barbara 26. November 2011 13:44

Question about choosing a survival kit and survival supplies for home use.

Q:"We are a family of 4 who live on an island off the coast of North Carolina. Typically we have some advance warning that hurricane force winds are on the way. We need emergency water and food in case power stays off for more than a few days. Our fear is that our generator may fail and we'll have nothing but canned food. Or we may have to evacuate inland and will have trouble finding food. What are your recommendations? Thanks. Sue."

Answer: For a family of 4, the Small Business/Family Support Emergency Survival Kit would give your family a complete survival kit for 5 people for up to 3 days. You could supplement this with food you have on hand.  The food bars and water packets have a 5 year shelf life.

This 3 Day/5 Person Survival Kit Contents Include:

  • food bars which are Kosher and meet Halal standards
  • water rations
  • matches
  • emergency blankets
  • candles
  • emergency guidebook
  • work gloves
  • infectious waste bags
  • pliers
  • whistle
  • playing cards
  • water purification tablets
  • duct tape
  • utility bags
  • carrying case
  • tissue packs
  • AM/FM radio with battery
  • flashlights with batteries
  • rope
  • candles
  • survival knife kit
  • pry bar
  • adhesive bandages
  • instant cold pack
  • mouthwash
  • alcohol wipes
  • adhesive tapes
  • sanitary pads
  • anti-diarrhea tablets
  • scissors
  • aspirin
  • splints
  • dust masks
  • tongue depressors
  • elastic bandage
  • toothache kit
  • first aid cream
  • towelettes
  • gauze pads
  • tweezers
  • gauze rolls

You could also purchase the food bars and water packets separately. For example, a good choice would be the Survivor Industries Mainstay 3600 Emergency Food Bars, 90 Bars This package contains 90 food bars that each supply 400 calories. So depending upon the size of the person and his/her activity level, 3 to 6 bars per day would keep this person with proper nutrition. If you were remaining at home,

Mainstay 3600 Emergency Food Bar Key Benefits:

  • 5 year Shelf Life
  • Non-Thirst Provoking
  • Withstands Temperatures of -40° F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C)
  • Ready to Eat: Each package contains 9 pre-measured 400 calorie meals.
  • Individualized Portions eliminate the messy breaking-up that occurs with other bars
  • Allows for on-land emergency consumption in a high-stress active situation.
  • Contains no cholesterol or tropical oils.
  • Meets the US Coast Guard standards (160.046/23/0). Its new modern packaging even meets the stringent guidelines set by the Department of Defense (SOLAS 74/83).
  • Enriched with vitamins and minerals exceeding the RDA requirements.
  • Pleasant lemon flavor which appeals to everyone.
  • Mainstay™ meets the dictates for Halal and is Kosher

I suggest that you either purchase the Survivor Industries Mainstay Emergency Drinking Water Pack, 4.2 Oz, 60/CS or an AquaPod Kit Deluxe Emergency Water Storage Kit. Minimum water requirements for survival are two of the 4.2 ounce packets per day. The AquaPod Kit is unique: prior to losing power from your well, you place this kit in a bathtub and fill it with cold water.

Each Aqua Pod Deluxe Kit Contains:

  • 3 disposable tub liners, each 40 inches by 80 inches. This will fit in a Jacuzzi tub or standard 5 feet tub. An average tub holds 70 gallons.
  • 3 disposable tie clamps to hold the bag to water spigot during the approximate 10 minute time that it takes to fill the bag. (Dependent upon water pressure.)
  • 1 reusable pump with locking system. Locks the pump to the liner bag.

The AquaPod liner is made from FDA approved plastic, i.e. LDPE Plastic (Low Density Polyethylene Plastic). The shelf life is up to 10 years depending upon storage. Made in the USA.

I also recommend you purchase a copy of Wallace Guidebook for Emergency Care and Survival. This inexpensive book may literally save your life.

Thank you for your questions:

Sincerely, Barbara

Tea Tree Oil in Kirks Transparent Glycerin Soap Reduces Skin Bacteria

by Barbara 24. May 2011 10:24

Question about the use of tea tree oil in Kirks Premium Tea Tree Oil Deodorant Soap, 6 Bars-BLUE

Q: "What is the purpose of tea tree oil in this deodorant soap? Thanks, Pete.

Answer: Tea tree oil helps reduce odors by reducing bacteria on the skin surface. According to the Wikipedia, "Tea tree oil has beneficial medical properties when applied topically, including antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral action. . ."

Kirks Transparent Glycerin Deodorant Soap also contains:

  • Natural Vegetable Extract: Reduces body odor.
  • Rosemary: Herb stimulates skin.
  • Sage: Heals and refreshes skin.
  • Peppermint: Natural oil reduces scent on body.
  • Fragrance: A light delicate herbal with floral background and woody undertones.

Because it is a high glycerin soap, Kirk's deodorant soap does not melt quickly like many soaps with lower levels of glycerin. It also is gentle on the skin.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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