Leak alarms are a great idea. After 3 incidents where I had some kind of problem involving a well pump that wouldn’t shut off and a housemate who didn’t notice for several hours I bought some.
Last weekend I discovered my family will sit there saying “Hey, WTF is that shrieking sound” until I walk in the door and say “Why is a water alarm going off”.
Water alarm = works great
family = needs more training
@Barney You might want to get that looked at sooner rather than later. My hot water heater started to leak and then the bottom partly fell off (one story house so worse than if it happened in a basement).
Fortunately I was home at the time and cut off the water, threw every towel and blanket in the house on the water (well tried to create a damn to keep it from spreading beyond where it already was) and called the landlord. Spent ages wringing out soaked and dripping wet things trying to mop us something like 45 gallons of water.
Oh, I lived in another house where this happened in the basement when no one was home. Fortunately for me I had nothing down there, some housemates had stuff there though.
I realize you are your own landlord, but oh my gosh the amount of water that comes out of the bottom of a hot water heater when the bottom partly comes off is huge. That is one thing I’d get fixed sooner rather than later just in case.
@Barney Or you can move into a flood zone or into a hurricane zone and you can have your own private lake in your living room. Possibly with fish. You might need to put pontoons on your car though so you have a boat.
@dino2269 I’ve been flooded 3 times, twice as a kid (teen years so got to help with the cleanup) and once as an adult. I am not counting the small ones where you wake up in the morning, putting your feet on the rug and water squishes between your toes… that was due to renting a house with foundation and yard drainage problems and doesn’t really count as a flood as it was only and inch or so of water and didn’t engulf the entire house.
I now refuse to live in flood zones. Of course the consequence once of living on one of the highest points of land (that still would have been in a flood zone had there been a force 4 hurricane) in a costal area was being in the house when it was engulfed in a lightening ball (melted the lightening rod on the roof but fortunately that protected everything from damage). The tree in the front yard had black char marks from multiple lightening strikes.
That being said, if I had to choose my natural disaster to be at risk of, that would be floods/hurricanes and not tornados or earthquakes. At least you have warning and you can leave. The others you don’t and can’t.
I had had several near misses with tornadoes and one time looked out my car window and saw one just to my left and only slightly behind me. As I was trying to drive away from it (eg it was headed east so I headed south) the wind picked up enough it was hard to drive and tree branches were falling.
Some years ago I lived about 5 miles from the force 5 one that took out 1/3 of Moore, Oklahoma (didn’t live there the second time they got wiped) and by pure luck I had just moved when the path of one hit 4 houses from where I used to live. When I moved out of tornado alley I, only then, realized just how stressed I was in thunderstorms, how I had automatically watched the sky every time there was a thunderstorm, keeping an eye out.
@dino2269 Sometimes you have to laugh when you want to cry.
Yes, I’ve been through a hot water heater cutting loose with all of it’s water. It happened at my mom’s house when she was in the nursing home and no one was around to catch what was happening. There was water all over the basement – and then some more water. She lost a lot of furniture and family heirlooms in the “flood”. It also quadrupled her water bill.
I don’t even want to talk about what happened when her sump pump quit a few months later.
So, yes, I am going to do something about my hot water heater, next week. Hopefully it will last that long.
I have a Leak Frog story; We were hosting a family Christmas party and my niece’s boyfriend whom imbibed a tad too much (defcon: staggering) toddled off to the bathroom. A few seconds in, we heard a loud CRASH so my niece went to check on him during which we could hear a muffled are you okay and some scuffling and finally, she came out saying that everything is okay. He eventually came out and wandered outside where he performed several objectionable acts and the rest of us continued our game of Mexican Train. About 10 minutes in, the Leak Frog went off. I had forgotten that it was behind the guest bathroom toilet (it’s been there for years) but lo-and-behold, the drunken fool had broken the seal at the bottom of the toilet tank. I shut off the water and announced the bathroom “out of order” with no more than a few ounces of water “damage” (I soaked it up with a hand towel). The end.
My last wet basement rang the register to over $23k in repairs. No standing water, just enough to wet the carpet and pad, and start working up the drywall. I now have some home automation water sensors tied into my system. $5 is a cheap way to try and avoid that mess.
Back when WOOT was WOOT, and Amazon was nervous, I was in for 3 Leak Frogs on two separate occasions. Since then they have saved us on sink leaks three times, a washing machine leak once, & just this past Friday when the hubby advised he heard this shrill sound coming from the corner of the garage - ie: the water heater was just starting to let go at the bottom seam. Everybody should have something like this in their house to save them literally thousands of dollars in repair bills. I still have my happily functioning Leak Frogs working excellently after all these years, or I would have definitely been in for these.
I have one in my pool to let me know that it is still full of water. Whenever it stops sounding I run out there to see if the pool has drained. It really runs through batteries, but it’s worth it for pizza mind.
There I sat, on my birthday, in the tub, surrounded by water, waiting for 4pm to roll around so I could snag three critters to yell at me real loud when water was around. This amused me, but what brought me to such a strange state? Well I’ll tell you, Timmy:
I moved to the capitol of Canada for a job back in ole ‘17, not realizing the all of about three livable areas in the whole country are ridiculously overpriced when it comes to housing (don’t get me started on alcohol prices, need a way to smuggle in CaseMates crates! Let me know if you need an in for BootleggerMates, eh?). Was forced to rent for more a month than my old mortgage, which will never sit right. So, wound up in a crappy townhouse with a wee baby on the way — the place had a major roof leak the week I moved in, a 1.5 to 2 foot basement flood in the first year, and just a couple weeks ago a busted water heater trying real hard to turn the basement back into a swimming pool. The snow’s starting to melt at pace, finally, and a big ole sky wetness is a’comin’, quite likely to try to force a repeat of last year. Will the bagged up tennis ball plugging the drain hold back the pending backup? Or will it just keep potential leaking foundation water in? Will the trusty dehumidifier stay strong? Will these Mehtastic critters show up in time to help this round? Well, naw on that last one — they’re taking a detour to Georgia for later pickup, but next time…next time I’ll be prepared with floating sound and fury, to head all this mess off at the pass.
All that to say, hey Meh, maybe send a soggy, subpar birthday card with that order?
@bph just got 72 of them for like next to nothing on here not long ago also Best Buy runs a 48 pack once a month on their Deal of the Day for 8 dollars. I check it daily like I do Meh. Batteries should be the least of your expenses.
In for 3. Just had a pump bladder burst in the basement last month around 12am. By the time someone went down there it was 4:30. Hard to tell how much water there was but per my calculations on how many gallons of water the pump I bought pumps per minute and the fact it was running for 11 hours straight we think it was around 135,000 gallons. Overall it caused around 55k in damage because it submerged some equipment that was down there. It took about a week to get everything almost back to normal. Still waiting on parts for a few items. Thankfully we had flood insurance but I’m not willing to ever have that happen again.
@RedOak Oh man, you don’t know the half of it. That pump normally pumps water from the basement to a water tank which would be the 10th floor (if it were enclosed). It didn’t stop pumping when it burst so it was geysering like a fire hose for about 4 hours! Turns out that pump had been running almost non-stop for 30 years!
@rpstrong WTH happened to the price of leak frogs??? My whole family has gotten Leak Frogs as gifts. I had to break down and buy a leak puppy qs a house warming gift for a friend cuz I couldn’t afford a leak frog. I seriously miss the frigs.
@EvilSmooNow you did it… Every PETA member around will be buying these for the next local Bass tournament or tossing them off the side of the My Bob Barker to fuck with the whalers. How we ever gonna get to buy these for our humble water heaters… ???
Curious-If you have a humid environment, how often does it give false alarms, thus scaring the shit out of everyone because it’s just 90% humidity? (I kinda want to grab to shove in the convectors that have already caused us to replace the hardwood once in our condo’s living room, but no one in my household does well with sharp noises like this, so I worry about false positives waking us from sleep)
@dalekjoe@G1@Jamileigh17@squishybrain Complete water immersion of the sensor electrodes on the bottom of the unit, not complete water immersion of the entire unit itself. Have you ever seen those little novelty Easter chicks that ‘chirp’ when you touch your fingers to the terminals on the bottom? This works in exactly the same way. Except the ‘chirp’ is a million times louder.
see…if ya had bought the simpli safe system yesterday you could have ordered the water alarm that would let you know the same thing…only the simpli safe would have dones it when you were AWAY from your home…
@yeppers You’ve never had your house get destroyed in a fire, have you?
120dB is enough to permanently damage your hearing immediately (or so I’ve “heard”). 95-100dB is enough for smoke alarms and what the leak frogs were, I think. I’d think as loud as a smoke alarm would be plenty.
@eightyd Thanks for the warning (seriously). I’ll be certain to wear hearing protection if (when) these go off, and I’ll pre-dampen (haha) the speaker a bit while wearing said hearing protection, to prevent harm to my pets.
Bummer. My Leak Frog needs the company.
My Leak Frog is a veteran trooper, alerting me twice for a toilet flood and once for a hot water heater flood.
But there are other areas in the home that need flood alerts, and two neighbors that still suffer from no-flood-alert-itus. Service Master has been there friend several times.