|Item Weight||4.7 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||1.25 x 3.25 x 4.25 inches|
|Item model number||BWD-HWA|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Size||Pack of 1|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||5 Year Warranty|
Glentronics, Inc. BWD-HWA 00895001498 Basement Watchdog High Water Alarm, Pack of 1, Multi
|Price:||($0.83 / oz) & FREE Returns|
|You Save:||$7.97 (40%)|
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- Detects leaks before they cause costly water damage
- Detects moisture before mold can grow
- Up to 5 years of protection on one 9V alkaline battery*
- No installation needed, simply place on the floor near potential water source
- Sensor wire extends 6’ and can be lengthened for hard to reach areas
- Detects as little as 1/32” of water
- Alarm sounds for up to 3 days
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Water damage is one of the main ways that the value of a home can be diminished. Accidents will happen! Water heaters break down and water pours out, washing machines overflow, pipes wear thin and leak - and when these things happen, water will start to destroy your home. Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of water damage is that it can occur with almost no sound - you may not know you have a leak until your basement is flooded! Now, you can minimize the risk of water damage with this Water Alarm. The Water Alarm requires only a 9-volt battery (battery not included), and when placed on the floor it can detect water that is only 1/32"deep! This is thanks to solid state circuitry which is highly reliable. The Water Alarm also has a 6-foot sensor wire, so that you can extend it into a sump pump, or simply mount it on a wall to stretch it to another location. Plus, up to an additional 200 feet of wire can easily be spliced in to provide extra length. When the Water Alarm detects water it emits a loud 110 decibel alarm (as loud as most car horns)! And don't worry that you will miss this alarm if you are out of the house when water is first detected - the Water Alarm will sound continuously for 2-3 days (depending on existing battery life). Consider one for the basement, one for the kitchen, the bathroom, or anywhere that water may become a hazard. Keep your home safe and secure with the Water Alarm. Assembly level/degree of difficulty: No Assembly Required.
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Minimize the risk of water damage with this early warning system For installation in sump pits or near areas requiring water monitoring like hot water heaters, air conditioners, washing machines or under sinks. Requires a 9-volt battery (Sold separately). Solid state circuitry is extremely sensitive and reliable. Detects water only 1/32-Inch deep when the alarm is placed on the floor. The Sensor has a 6-foot wire so it can be extended into a sump pit, or mounted on a wall and stretched to another location. (Accommodates the addition of more than 100 feet of wire, if needed). Loud 110dB alarm can be heard throughout the house. Battery-saver feature keeps batteries fresh longer. for 24 to 48 months
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Fast forward two months later. The tank in the same hot water heater started leaking, and for who knows how long, because this thing did nothing. When I finally got to my heater, after discovering the water dripping under the floor itself, this unit was so soaked I had to open the battery compartment to drain it. Yes, there was that much water covering the alarm itself. The problem? Apparently, you need a significant amount of standing water for it to work. Because it was a slow-ish leak, and because the floor, although it was soaked, was draining and absorbing part of the water, and also because the water was draining through a nearby cutout in the floor, it never reached enough standing water.
Unless the hot water heater actually exploded, and there was a huge puddle, this thing is useless. I had another brand of unit I keep under my sinks that look like a frog, and sits flush with the floor. It looked to me, when I placed this one, that it was more or less flush too. Now my floors are ruined. Hopefully, this review will help you before the same happens to you. Unless you expect a literal flood where you place this thing, look elsewhere.
Most water damage is not the result of a catastrophic failure (ex pipe or water supply line break), but a small leak in the appliance, or drain that goes unnoticed for an extended period time.
These things are really sensitive; the smallest amount of moisture will trigger the alarm and it is loud. A good quality battery is supposed to last 5 years but I would test the unit and inspect the battery yearly.
The detachable sensor makes it possible to install in a normally hard to access area, for example, underneath a dishwasher and have the alarm unit in the sink cabinet. In this application I modified the unit adding a On/Off switch to turn easily turn alarm off instead of having to futz with removing the battery while the alarm is SCREAMIMG at you. (Getting the battery access cover off and the battery disconnected could be made easier.)
What would make these units perfect is if they were mesh connected to a hub unit that could connect wirelessly to my internet connection. An alarm event would send me and alternate either a text/e-mail, or both. I could image adding a whole house water shut off that could automatically shut off the water to deal with a catastrophic failure when no one is home.
But due to the early warning this time, I alerted condo Security and meanwhile diverted water dripping down from a new leak from a neighbor, into a large bowl by my sink before any damage could occur (thanks to quick makeshift rigging of a funnel using aluminum foil to catch the drips from above). On inspection of the cement floor where the sensor detected a leak, there was no pool or puddle - just a darkened patch of moist cement. The leak had just started! In a few hours Security was able to find the neighbor who was unaware of their own leak, and they repaired the plumbing at fault. So the alarm saved my new floor AND brought a quick response to the neighbor whose damage might have been worse without the response the alarm enabled.
Pros of this particular alarm:
- Loud alarm very much like a home smoke detector.
- The 6 foot cable allows placing the detector in out of the way spots where water leaks begin while placing the alarm where you can better hear it or reach it to change batteries easily.
- based on my experience it sensed water before it was deep enough to flow anywhere - moist surface was enough to set it off which is great.
- no weak battery alert (need to schedule ahead to replace periodically)
- it would increase the cost but I'd like to have it capable to call or text my cell phone with an alert when I'm away. I'm looking into models with this feature - but because they cost more, I may end up with one that can text an alert, along with several of these less expensive audible alarm models.
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Update! This is set up downstairs by our drainhole in the laundry room as we have a history of sewer backup. Last night it went off and we heard it no problem watching tv upstairs. We ran downstairs to find water starting to up. Thanks to this alarm we caught it instantly and had zero damage or cleanup
2nd, I do not yet know how long the battery will actually last since I've only had it for a couple of months.
It does do as advertised if it touches water. The alarm is loud and lets you know anywhere in the house that there is a possible water problem.