Automatic Main Water Shut Off Valves
If you have ever had a flood in your home a automatic water shut off valve could have prevented major damage. In my experience most water leaks/floods happen when you are out of your home or you wake up to water all over the floor and drywall in the ceiling has fallen or is about to. I think it is safe to say that most of you reading this article are reading because this has happened to you and for you that have not have heard the horror stories about the experience and want to get the upper hand on this situation.
Most leaks and floods can be prevented by having a annual inspection of your plumbing by a plumbing professional in your area. Most plumbing companies will do this as a courtesy and some have home care plans that include this service.
How Does A Automatic Main Water Shut Off Valve Work?
You have a valve that is installed on your main water line where it enters your home. The valve is then connected to your home automation or security system. You place A water sensor can be placed anywhere that might be a potential source for a leak, such as under your washing machine, by the water heater, or on the bathroom floor. When a leak is detected it sends out a signal to your home automation controller or security system which will trigger the Electric Water Shutoff Valve to turn the water main off, usually in less than two seconds.
Most homeowners insurance companies are requiring automatic main water shutoff valves to be installed in condos and apartment complexes when there is a damage claim due to a leak or flood. Meaning that when you call in a claim due to water damage you must have a automatic main water shutoff valve must be installed at that time or the next time you have a claim relating to water damage you will not be covered.
Remotely Shutoff Main Water Supply to Stop Water Damage from Leaks or Burst Pipes
- Remote shutoff of main water supply
- Rapid opening and closing
- Manual override handle
- Integrates with security or automation controllers
- Can be connected to wireless receivers or pushbuttons
- Compatible with INSTEON Water Leak Sensors
Don't let your home or office fall victim to a pipe burst. By connecting Elk's Electric Water Shutoff Valve to your home automation controller or security system, your water main can be quickly shutoff (approximately two seconds) before significant damage is done. A water sensor (sold separately) can be placed anywhere that might be a potential source for a leak, such as under your washing machine, by the water heater, or on the bathroom floor. When a leak is detected it sends out a signal to your home automation controller or security system which will trigger the Elk Electric Water Shutoff Valve to turn the water main off, usually in less than two seconds.
Built for Years of Service
Elk's Electric Water Shutoff Valve is a full-port, two-way ball valve with a one inch bore, it is made of 316 stainless steel and is safe for drinking water. The motorized actuator has a permanently lubricated gear drive with sufficient torque to open or close the valve under high pressure or after long periods of inactivity. This valve is built with commercial-grade seats and seals for a long service life. It is a non-restricting valve, which meets the approvals of state and municipal water authorities.
Versatile Electrical Connections
The Electric Water Shutoff Valve can be operated via a simple 12-volt DC input from a security or automation controller such as the M1 Gold System, INSTEON-Enabled M1 Gold System, or M1EZ8. You'll need a water sensor to tell your automation system there's water on the floor, such as the INSTEON Water Leak Sensor. Operating time from fully open to fully close is approximately two seconds.
Use with INSTEON Water Leak Sensors
Combine INSTEON Water Leak Sensors, an I/O Linc, Hub and 12V power supply to create a simple wireless water leak alert system. Once setup, users can receive a push notification or email message when leaks are detected and will activate the Elk Electric Water Shutoff Valve to prevent further damage to your property.