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Basement Watchdog Battery-Operated Water Alarm
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Basement Watchdog

Battery-Operated Water Alarm

  • Use to detect leaks before costly water damage is caused
  • Loud 110 dB alarm can be heard throughout the house
  • Requires a 9-volt alkaline battery (not included)
$1197 /each
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Use the Basement Watchdog Battery-Operated Water Alarm to detect leaks before costly water damage occurs. This alarm can detect as little as 1/32 in. of water and produces a loud 110 dB alarm that can be heard throughout the house to provide an effective early warning system. The water alarm can be placed directly on floors or mounted for installation in a variety of locations: in a sump pit, near water heaters, refrigerators or dishwashers, next to washing machines, under sinks, close to air conditioner drain tubes or wherever there is a risk of water damage. The sensor with 6 ft. of wire offers installation versatility and can accommodate the addition of more than 100 ft. of wire. The water alarm operates using a single 9V alkaline battery and has a battery-saver feature that only uses energy when the alarm is sounding.

  • Detects as little as 1/32 in. of water to offer an effective early warning system
  • Solid-state circuitry is extremely sensitive and reliable
  • Loud 110 dB alarm can be heard throughout the house
  • Sensor has a 6 ft. wire so it can be extended into a sump pit, or mounted on a wall
  • Accommodates the addition of more than 100 ft. of wire (additional 24 gauge wire not included)
  • Battery will last approximately 2-4 years or as long as stated on the battery packaging
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Customer Questions & Answers

if the alarm goes off and you repair the leak, will the alarm reset when dry so that it can be use again or is it just for one use ??

Asked by: Geo
yes. The alarm is really just a switch that turns on the speaker. If water completes the electrical circuit, the batteries will send power to the alarm speaker. You can test it whenever you want by touching the two contacts with your fingers.
Answered by: Moho
Date published: 2017-04-08

DOES THIS UNIT HAVE A LOW BATTERY WARNING? BOB

DOES THIS UNIT HAVE A LOW BATTERY WARNING? BOB
Asked by: SOUD
No, no low battery warning of any kind.
Answered by: AKPOST
Date published: 2017-04-18

What does the alarm sound like?

Is the alarm sound similar to a fire or CO2 alarm? I'd hate to evacuate my family in our pajamas in the middle of the night because a leaky sink pipe triggered this alarm, if it sounds too much like a smoke alarm.
Asked by: Bob
About the same sound, pitch and volume as a smoke alarm.
Answered by: BuildingOwner
Date published: 2017-03-29

is the sensor submersible? For use in a sump crock where the water could rise above the sensor be...

is the sensor submersible? For use in a sump crock where the water could rise above the sensor before you fix the problem.
Asked by: mike
The leads are submersible and there is about 6' of wire between the leads and the alarm unit. The alarm unit is not submersible.
Answered by: BuildingOwner
Date published: 2017-03-29
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Battery-Operated Water Alarm is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 263.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Having just experienced a unwelcome hot water tank replacement experience my immediate concern wa... Having just experienced a unwelcome hot water tank replacement experience my immediate concern was to focus immediately on getting my new 50-gallon 7-year Rheem hot water tank installed as quickly as possible then follow up with finally purchasing a few of these water alarms to minimize water damage should my washing machine hoses and hot water tank decide to "take a dump". Researched all the available battery operated water alarms and this particular got quite a number of high reviews on both ease of use and reliability so off to Home Depot I went (again!). Price per unit at Home Depot is either quite competitive or even cheaper than eBay. Purchased two initially to put to use .... washing machine area and the gas fired hot water tank. Easy to move about but even easier to attach to where you want this to do it's work....I used either double sided sticky tape or velcro to adhere the sensor part to the lowest part of the floor and trial test by allowing a few drops of water to dribble past the sensor.....Wow!, this alarm works as intended and is loud enough such that I can hear it in the bedroom 2 stories above where these sensors as attached. Will pick up two more of these units to place under sinks just to insure our recently renovated basement bathroom is not ruined by water damage.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This alarm really works well.... I am very happy with this purchase. It was money well spent in t... This alarm really works well.... I am very happy with this purchase. It was money well spent in that this alarm prevented damage from a basement drain back-up. Wow..... the drain did not back-up for six months and suddenly, even though the door to the room was closed, the alarm went off and we clearly heard it even upstairs ! I would definitely buy another one and I will definitely recommend this low priced treasure to all my family and friends. FYI...The alarm was standing on the floor in the corner, with the sensor attached to the bottom. I also installed a alkaline battery to insure long battery life on standby.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a good product to have, a lot of condos and apartments were built without lower tank buil... This is a good product to have, a lot of condos and apartments were built without lower tank building drains that a tank pan can connect to. putting this sensor in there can ultimatly save huge insurance claims,tanks usually weep before they go out completly,change battery when you change smoke detect battery ,cheap insurance,use anywhere water can be a problem.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As a long time maintenance person, I regularly install these alarms when I r & r any HWT whether ... As a long time maintenance person, I regularly install these alarms when I r & r any HWT whether or not there is a drain. Some cities require them along with a drain pan. The alarm provides early warnings to protect property and prevent any water damage. Be sure to educate the tenants so they know the sound of the alarm is not confused with the smoke detectors alarm. Also be sure that the shut off valve is in working order, old valves may not shut water off completely. I change batteries annually when I check smoke detector batteries.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What's that noise I had hot water heater issues. On impulse, I purchased this sensor with the needed plumbing supplies. 4 days later I get a call from my wife, "there's an alarm going off in the house but I can't find it". Another leak had developed. The puddle was smaller than a dinner plate. Had the leak gone undetected, it would have caused major damage. This $12 sensor likely saved us $100's. I went back and bought 5 more for other places. Cheapest insurance I've ever purchased! I highly recommend this product.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haven't had a leak since I purchased this so I can't provide actual product-performance feedback.... Haven't had a leak since I purchased this so I can't provide actual product-performance feedback. However, in the tests I did before placing the device (next to water heater, behind washer, under 2 sinks) it performed well. I put water on the counter top and set the device in it. Alarm went off immediately (sounds like a smoke alarm). Also tested with a slightly damp rag. Same result. I don't have any experience with other water alarms but this seems like it should do the job.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This device already saved me a lot of trouble. It detected a leak from the washer soon after the ... This device already saved me a lot of trouble. It detected a leak from the washer soon after the wash started. Without it, the leak would've gone unnoticed and become a much bigger problem. I have several units in my house. I did have to replace one after about 3 years because after I tested it, the alarm wouldn't stop, even after replacing the battery.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brought as replacement for one only 18 months old. At... Brought as replacement for one only 18 months old. At first actual alarm it did not shut off after water dropped until battery removed and repeated when tried again. Unit claims a 10 year warranty but requires original packaging, receipt and returned to manufacturer. Return shipping as costly as new
Date published: 2017-04-21
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