Spotlight: Monitoring System Protects Against Catastrophic Water Damage

Spotlight: Monitoring System Protects Against Catastrophic Water Damage
The automatic leak detection, water monitoring shut-off system from FloLogic is designed to protect against catastrophic water damage due to leaks.

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The automatic leak detection, water monitoring shut-off system from FloLogic is designed to protect against catastrophic water damage due to leaks and wasted water that can result from frozen or damaged pipes. Made for indoor, outdoor and below-grade installation, the system is suited for the slab home market.

Unlike moisture sensors, the shut-off system protects the entire house from a single installation point against ruptured washing machine hoses, leaking water heaters, cracked or improperly installed icemaker supply lines, overflowing sinks and toilets, pinhole leaks in copper pipes, plumbing component failures and accidental water use.

“The homeowner uses water about 40 times a day for relatively short periods of time,” says Chuck DeSmet, president and CEO for FloLogic. “As soon as the flow starts, we turn on the clock in the software and begin timing the number of minutes the water is running uninterrupted before a signal is sent to close the ball valve.”

In Home mode, a timer at the control panel shuts off water after 30 minutes of uninterrupted flow. In Away mode, water is shut off after 30 seconds of uninterrupted flow. Both Home and Away settings can be changed by the user to a low flow of six seconds and a high flow of 99 minutes.

“Every time you place it in the Away mode, the ball valve is rotated 180 degrees, giving the homeowner confirmation that the system will work when called upon,” he says.

The valve and flow sensor assembly can be installed in any orientation. The control unit can also be connected to a security or automation system, alerting a monitoring service when a leak is detected. The water monitor has a maximum pressure of 150 psi at 73.4 degrees F and working pressure of 100 psi. Water temperature limits are 34 to 140 degrees F with an ambient air range of 34 degrees to 120 degrees F.

Standard features include full-port, lead-free, cast bronze construction with stainless steel ball and 1-inch threaded unions on both ends of the valve. The 11.5-pound valve/actuator is 12 inches long, 4 3/4 inches deep and 9 1/2 inches high.

The system, certified to IP68 for dust and water protection, is compatible with copper, galvanized, polybutylene, PVC/CPVC, PEX and other piping. An integrated battery provides 10 days of standby power when electrical current is lost.

“That’s important because a number of properties we service are second, third and fourth homes,” DeSmet says. “People don’t want to run up to their cottages whenever there’s a power outage but they like to know that when power is restored everything is going to be OK.” 877/356-5644; www.flologic.com.



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