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Condo – Detect and Prevent Condo leaks are a very big topic of interest since the beginning of the new millennium. Canada and the USA have had a large number of condo leaks that have cost thousands to millions of dollars worth of damage. The key to having success in getting rid of the problem isn’t just “how do I stop the leak” or “how can I make sure this doesn’t happen again?” It is a combination of both. They are equally important in making sure that there is no chance of major damage happening. If a pipe does bust or some other form of leaking occurs, it could affect a different condo that most wouldn’t think would be attached to it. Water damage can rear its ugly head in the most uncommon spots. To detect and prevent should be the main goal in a condo, and any other major household. Background Info: Leaky Condo Crisis is one major problem that has been ongoing in Canada for a number of years now. It is an ongoing construction, legal, and financial issue that is costing millions. There are multi-unit condominiums that have been damaged by rainfall, which made its way into the buildings through cracks, faulty construction of the building, and other faults in the foundation as well. In the United States, it has been more in schools, highrise buildings, and other climatic zones throughout the country. The crisis is also known as leaky condo syndrome, and rotten condo crisis. Walls and roofs are the main physical problems when it comes to water infiltration after or during rainfalls. When buildings are made of stucco, most people clean with soap and water. That in itself will make the stucco degrades over time and lets the water in. Condominiums are the number one building that has had these issues throughout the years. Typically the people who purchase the condos are faced with the fact of repairing whatever has happened in the past. When that comes up most choose not to do anything because of significant hardship, bankruptcy, or even lawsuits against the developers. Detection For detecting water leaks in a condo or home, there are a number of options to help find the culprit. Many condo units and homes do not have any sort of hardware that can shut valves off, or alarm the home owner if a leak is present. With today’s technology, many items are available to help ease the stress of having water problems in the event of a large rainfall or pipe burst. Water Cop, FloodSpot, and FloodStop are the three main pieces to look into when developing a secure plan for the condo or household. There are different versions of Water Cop such as: Repeater, Freeze Hound, Remote, and many more! The basic version which is the Leak Sensor is a cheap and effective way to help detect a leak that may be present without anyone knowing. The Leak Sensor can monitor leak prone areas and alert the user when a leak is sensed. The sensor features a 418MHz radio transmitter chipset with up to 200 foot range. Similar to smoke alarms, the Leak Sensor has a little chirp it does in the event of a low battery (two AA batteries - not included). The typical setup for the Leak sensor is one (1) sensor and a six foot cord. When water is detected a signal is sent to the Water Cop and immediately shuts off the main water supply. An unlimited amount of sensors can be added to the Water Cop for a very secure system to prevent water damage from getting severe. Other variations of Water Cop Remote Switch Quick and positive shut off to the main water supply Captain Kit 1 - Water Cop Automatic Brass Valve with Home Security Interface 1 - RS100 Water Control Switch 3 - WCWH200 Twin Probe Water Sensors 3 - WCACA AC Adapters for Twin Sensors Chief Kit 1 - Water Cop Automatic Brass Valve with Home Security Interface 1 - RS100 Water Control Switch 5 - WCWH200 Twin Probe Water Sensors 5 - WCACA AC Adapters for Twin Sensors FloodStop is a product that can shut the main valve off to particular devices in a home or condo that can help against water damage. There are devices such as water heaters, sinks, washing machines, and others in which they can be catastrophic if they malfunction at the time of vacation. Ruptured/cracked fittings or pipes that burst can be a sole cause to major water damage. Having the flood go on for many hours without detection can lead to major hassles if needing to go through insurance with no prior protection system implemented in this event. FloodStop has a built in battery backup unit that takes 4 “AA” batteries (Not Included) and has a low battery or no battery warning. This way, if on a vacation or just simply away for the day the user is protected even when the power fails. FloodStops should be installed into every condo to make sure that no water leaks or damage gets too severe. Every year there are many condo units and full buildings that get massive water damage costing tens of thousands of dollars that could simply be prevented with a FloodStop. They are easy to install and are cost effective based on the repair bill that there would be if there is no monitor installed. Below are five (5) FloodStops

FLOODSPOT - WiFi Water Leak Sensor 

Flood Spot is a Wi-Fi flood sensor that will generate a test message or email when the proper condition is met. All that is needed is a Wi-Fi router with active internet connection in the immediate area to connect. Once connected, the Flood Spot can be logged into with a computer or cell phone via the SpotProtect Cloud Service. History can be checked anytime of the day or night. The programming can be altered as well through the sensor programming. Perfect for applications where a phone line is not available or impractical.

FLOODSPOT - WiFi Water Leak Sensor - Features

802.11 b/g (2.412 - 2.484 GHz) Up to 250 ft.* (Typical to standard Wi-Fi devices) Open, WEP, WPA, WPA2 Security Standards Can be used for NO or NC applications *   Actual range may vary depending on environment. ** Battery life is affected by reporting frequency (heartbeat),     sensor type, Wi-Fi security type, distance from Wi-Fi     router and other variables.   If there is no Wi-Fi in the area there is a unit that can be used with the cellular 4G LTE services to have the same logging in option as with Wi-Fi. The Huawei B890 is the cellular hub used with a regular Sim Card to give the user the ability to call or log in to the Cloud Service. FEATURES: Smart Hub allows up to 32 users and a land line phone Provides 4G LTE speeds for Internet on the go Comes with Ethernet ports for up to 4 computers or other devices Will fallback to HSPA network when 4G/LTE is unavailable Data service Voice service SMS Security Service Local maintenance management function Prevention When trying to prevent leaks from occurring there needs to be a detection system in place as well as simple due diligence from the user. If everyone is aware of their surroundings and can tell when something isn’t right with their plumbing system it will make preventing issues down the road easier. An example would be if the sink in the kitchen is not putting out enough pressure like it usually does. Maybe there is a leak somewhere down the line and needs to be investigated in? It could be a simple drip that is leaking from somewhere in the basement or even right near the sink/taps themselves. Massive water bills can be the result of a small leak such as a drip and major water damage can occur over time if no one is aware it’s going on. Water Leak Prevention Water damage can be a costly experience depending on what problem shows up at the wrong time. Plumbing and appliances are some of the leading causes of water damage today. Consider these statistics: Cause of Loss Average Cost Frozen pipes   $33,519 Faulty plumbing $16,257 Appliance leaks $14,817 Bathroom fixtures $10,799 6 Ways to Check for water leaks 1. Hot Water Tanks o The odd time these valves are pointed into a drain and no one would ever know that there is a leak occurring. The drain pipe needs to be able to be removed so the pipe can be checked, if not there might be a leak occurring without knowledge. 2. Toilets o Remove the top of the tank and listen for any out of the ordinary sounds o Add some food colouring to see if it flows to any particular spot of the tank, could be a crack in the tank. o Repeat the process for all tanks in the house 3. Meter Line o Check the line coming from the meter to the house o Always check between the meter and shut off valve o Check to see if there are and muddy areas, real green grass, faster growing grass 4. Hose Bibs o Bibs are the places that hoses are hooked to outside, or inside depending on the setup o Place a long screwdriver on the metal portion of the bib and place your thumb over the top edge of the screwdriver, listen to your thumb carefully and you will be able to hear the sound travel. It acts like a stethoscope to hear for leaks. o The louder the sound emitted from the hose, the closer you are to the leak 5. Other Leaks o Check for physical leaks that can be seen with the naked eye o If a leak is spotted a simple repair with replacing the unit can fix the problem 6. Near enough is helpful o Preventive maintenance is crucial o Even with no knowledge of plumbing, a person can still watch for leaks and hear if anything is out of the ordinary and call the appropriate plumber for service and repair. o Plumbers do not like searching for the problem, if the user can steer the plumber in the right direction, it will make the repair painless and fast, not to mention cost effective for both parties.
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Flood Stop 14C V4

Water Heaters

FloodStop 14C V4 Low Lead Valve

Flood Stop 38C V4

Water Heaters

FloodStop 38C Low Lead

Flood Stop 38CD V4

Kitchen/Bathroom Faucets

FloodStop 38CD Low Lead

• Motorized Ball Valve (1/4 inch Compression Fitting)
• Control Unit (with Battery Backup 4 X AA Size)
• Water/Leak Sensor (1.25” X 7.5”)
• AC Power Adaptor

  • UL listed class 2 wall adaptor, 115AC/9VDC
  • Battery Backup - 4 AA Batteries (not included)
  • Motorized Ball Valve: CNC machined.
  • Motor operates at 6VDC.
  • Rated 0-180 PSI. Max 250 PSI. Solid brass.
  • Signal Outputs: 1 Normally Open
  • Sensor: 1.25 X 7.5 inch, double sided.
  • Additional sensors may be added in series.
  • Alarm: Beeping with Mute button
  • Motorized Ball Valves (two).
  • Controller has a backup battery compartment for 4 AA batteries
  • Controller has 1 Normally Open alarm output which will close when water is detect.
  • Controller will beep when water is detected and also when batteries are low or missing.

Flood Stop 34H90 V4

Washing Machines

FloodStop 34H90

Flood Stop 34NPT

Water Heaters

FloodStop NPT34

  • UL listed class 2 wall adaptor, 115AC/9VDC
  • Motorized Ball Valve: CNC machined.
  • Motor operates at 6VDC.
  • Rated 0-180 PSI. Max 250 PSI. Solid brass.
  • Signal Outputs: 1 x Normally Open
  • Sensor: 1.25 X 7.5 inch, double sided.
  • Additional sensors may be added in series.
  • Alarm: Beeping with Mute button
  • UL Listed class 2 Wall Adapter 115AC, 9VDC
  • Signal Outputs: 1 Normally Open
  • Motorized Ball Valves(2): CNC Machined with 90 degree downward outlet
  • Motors operate at 6VDC
  • Rate 0-180 PSI Max 250 PSI Solid Brass
  • Rate 32-212 degrees F
  • Sensor: 1.25 " X 7.5", double sided. Additional sensors may be added in series.
  • Alarm: Beeping with Mute Button