Insteon Leak Sensor 2852-222 on Amazon here.
This is going well. First, Smarthome kindly replaced my Insteon hub, to make good on the promise of an easy configure smartphone + cloud home automation solution, chronicled here. Because of some early-adopter pain I had with the first revision of that hub, Smarthome also mailed me an Insteon Leak Sensor, for free. I didn't ask, they just shipped it out. That's good business.
Finally, today, I took the time to test this tiny, super-simple sensor. It works. It works well. Setup was very easy. Should have done this weeks ago. It's all in the short and simple video below. You'll see the simple unboxing, configuration, triggering of a test alert, using a real puddle of water.
It would seem the device doesn't have a replaceable lithium battery, but it arrives with the battery pre-installed, with a 10 year estimated battery life. The range is estimated at 150 foot range. In my home, the sensor worked 2 floors away from the nearest dual-band (RF) Insteon device, about 40 feet and 2 sheetrock walls away. My second test was done later, using a shallow (<1/8" deep) test puddle, at the actual final chosen location for the sensor, so I could be more sure of adequate signal strength for any future actual leak events. I'll retest the sensor every year or so, when replacing my smoke detector batteries. For folks who work far from home, looking into integrating this sensor with an automatic shut off valve could make sense.
Here's a list of the 4 most common homeowners insurance claims:
- Water Damage
- Animal Attacks
- Fire Claims
Here's a list of water woes.
- Washer Machine
- Leaky toilet
In my home, I'm going with locating the battery powered sensor in an unfinished basement area near my sump pump. This happens to also be near most of my home's plumbing, and is down-slope from my water heater. This should provide a fairly early warning of trouble. Buying more of these for upstairs sinks or toilets would also be advisable.
Coupled with my Insteon Smoke Bridge 2982-222 to alert me to fires, I now have a little more piece of mind that my phone will alert me to trouble back at home, even when I'm not home. With no monthly monitoring service bills. Nice!
Interested in other Insteon devices? Check out the comprehensive TinkerTry Superguide: Insteon Home Automation.
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Feb 26 2015 Update
I don't seem to see 4 or 6 packs on smarthome.com any more, but I do see a 4 pack for $99 at Costco here, with no membership required.