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Basement Watchdog

Model # BWD-HWA

Internet # 100038838

Store SKU # 854911

Store SO SKU # 1000895681

Battery-Operated Water Alarm

$9.97 /each
  • 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)

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Product Overview

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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Dimensions

Product Depth (in.) 
1.25 
Product Height (in.) 
4.25 
Product Width (in.) 
3.25 

Details

Brand compatibility 
Various 
Product Weight (lb.) 
0.29 lb 
Returnable 
90-Day 

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty 
5 Years 

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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 ??

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July 20, 2016
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yes as soon as continuity is removed form the contacts it resets
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yes as soon as you remove the contacts or eliminate whatever is causing continuity the alarm stops. Its very simple as soon as something creates a circuit between the two silver contacts on base it starts.. remove it and it stops..
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yes it will as soon as the contacts lose connection you can actually set it off by placing your finger over both contacts so its very sensitive
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July 19, 2016
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You can use repeatedly but I hope you don't have to!
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THE MANUFACTURER HOPES YOU WILL REPLACE THE UNIT - WHEN THERE IS NO MOISTURE TO CONDUCT THE SIGNAL, THE ALARM WILL STOP - PROBABLY REUSABLE - TRY IT...
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January 3, 2016
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The alarm is for continuous use all you have to do is dry the contacts and it will be ready to be put into place once again. Please call us directly if you are in need of further assistant at 800.9913.0466 ext 3 for tech support M-F 9-5 CST
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Can I add a sensor to the unit?

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I'd like a little more sensor coverage. Is there a way to add another sensor or two?
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July 13, 2016
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I read a review/hack online that if you are comfortable soldering and wiring, all you have to do us take the removable sensor off the bottom, tap into the wiring, extend however much you need to, and create a second set of contacts. Basically all it takes is two more contacts in the second location, that can complete the circuit if they get water on them. It won't be an OEM modification, but what I read Read More
I read a review/hack online that if you are comfortable soldering and wiring, all you have to do us take the removable sensor off the bottom, tap into the wiring, extend however much you need to, and create a second set of contacts. Basically all it takes is two more contacts in the second location, that can complete the circuit if they get water on them. It won't be an OEM modification, but what I read indicated it worked fine. On the other hand, as inexpensive as these are, your time is probably worth enough you could just buy a second unit for less than the value of your time to modify it. Read Less
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June 28, 2016
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The unit has an attached sensor which allows you to mount the unit and have a remote, wired, sensor. For example you can place the sensor in the back of a cabinete under a sink and mount the unit where you can access it easily. There are no controls. Battery in, unit on. Water under the sensors, loud noise. No water, shuts off.
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YOU CAN ADD ANY NUMBER OF SENSORS BY CONNECTING # 24 COPPER WIRES IN PARALLEL - THE ENDS OF THE ADDED WIRES ARE THE NEW SENSORS. ( LOOK UP PARALLEL )
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You can splice something in but we wouldn't recommend too many. Please give us a call for more details at 800.991.0466 ext 3 for tech support.
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How long will the alarm sound when a leak is detected?

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until products causing continuity are removed /dried or battery dies... don't know battery life for sure
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UNTIL YOU TAKE THE SENSOR OUT OF THE WATER OR THE BATTERY RUNS OUT OF ELECTRONS..
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UNTIL YOU LIFT THE SENSOR (THAT IS THE PIECE OF PLASTIC WITH 2 CONTACTS) OUT OF THE WATER - TRY IT !.
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The alarm will continue to sound unless the battery loses power or the system is damaged by submersion Please call us at 800.991.0466 ext 3 for tech support if you are in need of further assistance M-F 9-5 CST
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How long is alarm battery life?

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I am going away for about 2 months and the house-sitting service we use will be visiting once a week to make sure everything is working well. A worst-case scenario is that we have a water leak just after they visit the house. Can the alarm sound for one week or will the battery die before then?

Also, the alarm would be located in the basement. Is the alarm sufficiently loud that it would annoy neighbors if it had to be "on" for a week?
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A NEW ALKALINE BATTERY SHOULD LAST 3 TO 5 YEARS - REPLACE EVERY 2 YEARS FOR SAFETY...
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I've had them installed under my water heater, fridge & washer for five years. I check the batteries every few months. Still working.
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The alarm is 110 Decibel alarm and it is recommended that you test it before deciding the location of the actual box. If it is not loud enough please note that you can extend the wiring up to 300ft to have the alarm box in one room and the sensor in another. If you need help with this please give us a call @ 800.991.0466.ext 3 for tech support or email service@glentronics.com. The battery is recommended Read More
The alarm is 110 Decibel alarm and it is recommended that you test it before deciding the location of the actual box. If it is not loud enough please note that you can extend the wiring up to 300ft to have the alarm box in one room and the sensor in another. If you need help with this please give us a call @ 800.991.0466.ext 3 for tech support or email service@glentronics.com. The battery is recommended to be changed 1x a year for proactive maintenance. Read Less
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The battery on the Basement WatchdogBattery-Operated Water Alarm last for up to 48 months.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 162 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent fail safe for sump Super easy to install and used a zip tie to attach the sensor below the "flood" level to prevent any damages to home -- love the extension cable so you can place the box out of the flood zone to hear better. CHEAP!! March 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This thing works! I'm sorry to report this thing works! Sorry, because we found out when it started squealing from the basement. Thought it was the smoke detector but quickly realized it was the alarm, alerting us that the main drain was backing up. It alerted almost instantly, allowed me to shut off the washer before it flooded stuff, and get the drain fixed before the backup caused real damage. Best $10 or so we've spent. I've added one under the kitchen sink, and behind the washing machine, as the other two most likely places to have a damaging leak and not know until it's too late. And installation consists of popping a battery into it, and setting it where the leaking water will puddle. Done. It'll take you longer to open the packaging than to set it in place. July 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy and effective Very easy to get up and running - just insert the battery. I like that it can be used as is or the sensor can be removed to place where it is needed and the casing can be mounted elsewhere. This accommodates several different kinds of spaces where I needed to install them. Nice produce. July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by quick cheap water detector these were easy quick and reasonable much better than finding the hot water heater in a closet flooded because you didn't open the door July 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Works as advertised We got this after a long saturday of fighting with our washing machine that decided to throw up some missing socks. Fortunately they ended up in the pump trap. Unfortunately accessing the trap required disconnecting the hoses. Since the washer/dryer are on the second floor we wanted to be sure we knew if they started leaking. It turns out they were fine but a line from the AC unit ran into the same drain and I didn't put it back correctly. Shortly after turning on the AC I heard the alarm. It is pretty sensitive so saved a real mess and probably a lot of water damage. Well worth the cost. Just got to remember to replace the battery. May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Solution to a horrible problem The product seems well designed and when tested worked as advertised. It took very little water to cause the alarm to sound and all I had to do was wipe the contacts to shut it off. I have two by the basement door, which is at the end of an outdoor concrete staircase. We have had three floods (about 1/8 inch of water) recently and I took several precautions against repetitions which seem to have worked. The alarms are a backup should we have water again. Of course if the alarms sound we have to be home to get the vacuum going so if you are frequently away, work or travel, they will be useless. Then I would suggest a more sophisticated system with remote monitoring. Even so you still need to attend to the water. I bought a third one and placed it near the washing machine. Quite frankly, the best solution is to sell the house and find a dry one. June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great purchase for the price. Also, READ MY HELPFUL TIP! Cons: *design and quality of the plastic housing seem a bit lacking *if you're not at home or are far enough away that you can't hear it, it can't help you *no low-battery chirp like smoke detectors Pros: *inexpensive (buy a few to increase your chances of catching a problem early) *sensitive (dry fingers on the contacts will set it off) *simply set it on the floor or pull the sensor portion off and hang it down into a sump pit, etc. *the battery is not being used until water completes the circuit HERE IS A HELPFUL TIP: After purchasing two for my basement, I set each of them in a dry bowl, slowly filled the bowl to about a half inch water depth and was disappointed that neither one sounded until I lifted each one out of the water. After drying them and drying the bowl, I tried a few more times with identical results. I believe an air pocket may be forming below the unit, preventing one or both of the contacts from touching the water. Here's the elegant, reliable, simple solution I came up with: place the unit on a piece of paper towel! This will help wick the water under the unit, ensuring water reaches both contacts. Repeating this test a few times with dry paper towels yielded repeatable results! July 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Works as Advertized The water alarm is used in the crawl space under our pier and beam house which only gets some water after very heavy rain storms. The alarm is used to alert us when excess water is present so we can use a submersible pump to drain the water out. The alarm has the option to put the sensor up to several feet from the alarm unit. February 10, 2016
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