Smart Shut Off Valve

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  1. Oct 29, 2017 #1

    adarus

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    I am interested in getting a smart shutoff valve that I could hook into the wireless router and then control it from a smartphone. The scenario is to protect a vacation home from water damage when we are not there. Being able to control it from a mobile app would be ideal rather than do it manually each time we are there. I would like to use it with Uponor pex vs copper if that is an option.

    Any thoughts on brands or types of systems that would work. An initial Google search got me more confused than anything.
     
  2. Oct 29, 2017 #2

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    That is a great idea. I have not yet seen one but if you do the R&D, I'll be your first customer!
     
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    To those that have looked at this, I did a bit more research and got a bit more comfortable.

    Here are some things I found in addition to what Mr David shared.

    I does not look like any will be compatible with pex, so it would have to be part of the copper plumbing part of the runs which is fine, so given that restriction, here are some things I came across.

    Attaches as a meter, but does not shut off (added since it was interesting and you can detect leaks when on vacation)
    https://techcrunch.com/2015/09/15/fluid-is-a-smart-water-meter-for-your-home/

    http://www.waterheroinc.com/home/

    https://www.amazon.com/Dome-Home-Au...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4EP6V62NPQFXHCC4T7DN

    This is in beta as of this posting, but looks promising. Do not know if it will come to market, but something to watch.

    http://www.flotechnologies.com
     
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    I have a customer who had a car drive into her kitchen
    plumbing wall(before I knew her) the place flooded out so
    during her remodel she had an electronic valve that the
    contractor selected a gpm rate it would shut of at she had never
    again had to use it but its there .., I don't know the name
    but I know I easily searched it
     
  6. May 14, 2018 #6

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    If it is a vacation home, have you considered simply shutting off the main water supply each time you leave, or are things like sprinklers dependent on it?

    I'm not sure on the downside but I would think that would be the safest course of action because: 1) no one is using the water, so why have it on 2) if something were to go, it would be minimal water in the pipes 3) if some larger event were to happen outside your house (extra pressure or something) it wouldn't effect the inside.

    Just be sure to not have any other water needs like a sprinkler or running you dishwasher when you leave, but you probably wouldn't do that if you left for an extended period of time anyway.
     
  7. May 14, 2018 #7

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    I have a whole house shut off, but it does dry out my toilet bowls. Havasu pics (53).jpg
     

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