How to Automatically Prevent Water Leak Damage
Consider this, you are at work, on vacation or anywhere other than your home and the water pipe in your kitchen bursts or the valve under your sink fails and starts leaking everywhere....what are you going to be able to do? Nothing! You will come home and find your cabinets, wood flooring and carpet damaged, not to mention what happens to your drywall when it gets wet. The expensive removal and repairs will run into the thousands of dollars, and don't forget about the time involved to fix everything. With a Smarthome SELECT Electronic Water Shutoff Valve you can change all of that.
First you need to locate the main water supply line where you will be replacing the main water shutoff valve with the electric water shutoff valve. The main water supply line should enter the house in either the basement or crawl space beneath the first floor. In apartments, townhouses, and manufactured homes, it usually can be found in close proximity to the water heater installation. The electric water shutoff valve should be installed in the main water line just downstream from the main shut-off valve in your home. After you determine the location of the main water supply where you wish to replace the shutoff valve, measure the diameter of the pipe. You will need the same size valve to fit properly. The Insteon I/O Linc should be installed nearby since you will need to run wires between the valve and the I/O Linc. Refer to the diagram below to get a sense of how the setup works.
*Communication between the Insteon Leak Sensor and Insteon I/O Linc will require one Insteon Dual-Band device and/or Range Extender
There are numerous points of potential damage in every home - sinks, bathtubs, showers, dishwasher, washing machine, water heater and toilets.
Note: In order for the electric water shutoff valve and the Insteon I/O Linc to function, you will need the proper electric source nearby. For wiring between the water shutoff valve and I/O Linc, simply run 2-conductor wires between them. A 18-gauge or 22-gauge wire is recommended.
For this guide, we're using the 3/4-inch valve. The 1-inch version of the valve is also available. You will need the following items for this installation:
- Smarthome SELECT Electronic Water Shutoff Valve
- Insteon I/O Linc
- Insteon Leak Sensor
- AC power supply
- Wire nuts
- 18-gauge or 22-gauge wire
Follow the steps below to replace and setup the electric water shutoff valve:
Step 1 - Replace the current water shutoff valve with the electric water shutoff valve. Make sure you check for leaks after the installation.
Step 2 - Plug in the Insteon I/O Linc to a nearby outlet and use either a 18-gauge or 22-gauge wire to connect it to the electric water shutoff valve and a power supply unit. Refer to the diagram below to wire the devices together.
Step 3 - Place the Insteon Leak Sensor at a location of your choice where you might have a water leak. Follow the instructions included with the leak sensor to install and set it up.
Step 4 - Establish a link between the I/O Linc and the Leak Sensor. Follow the instructions included with either the I/O Linc or the leak sensor to complete this step.
Step 5 - Test your setup by placing the leak sensor into a wet sponge or tray of water no more than 1/8-inch deep. If everything has been setup correctly, the leak sensor should be able to trigger the I/O Linc to send a command to the water shutoff valve to close down the water supply.
Remote Access & Control
If you have a vacation home or property where you might want to remotely turn the main water supply on and off, add an Insteon Hub to the scenario as described above and you can remotely control the valve from your smartphone or tablet via the Insteon for Hub app.
To prevent expensive water leak damages that will run into the thousands of dollars before they happen to your home, start with the products below:
Smarthome SELECT Electronic Water Shutoff Valve, 3/4-inch, 12V DCUnavailable
Insteon Water Leak SensorLearn More
Insteon Hub Central ControllerLearn More
- Insteon Hub
- Insteon Thermostat
Insteon Hub Central Controller
Insteon Remote Control Wall Thermostat
Replace a home's thermostat with an Insteon Thermostat and use an Insteon Mini Remote to operate a home's heating or air conditioning system and recall a favorite temperature preset with the touch of a button from anywhere within a home.