Friend is going on couple month trip. He wants to put monitors for water
near his sump pump and near his water heater. He would like it if they
could e-mail him (I suggested texting might be quicker) if either one
has problems. He could leave his wifi router and cable modem on, but
only has a laptop at home which he will be taking with him. Is there
anything like this that is self contained enough to make the connection
with the Wifi and send the text or e-mail if needed or would he need a
computer of some kind to run the monitors??/
I want to find a voracious, small-minded predator
and name it after the IRS.
Check out the Reliance Controls THP201 Automatic Phone Out Alarm.
If he will be taking a cell phone he could use it
Here's the description from Amazon:
From the Manufacturer
Automatic Phone-Out Home Monitoring System (Power Outage, Freezing
Temperatures and Flooding). Keypad base unit plugs into phone line and
electrical outlet. Internal temperature and power outage sensors and
external water sensor continually monitor home for three alarm
conditions: temperatures below 45 degrees F, power outages lasting more
than either 5 or 30 minutes (users' choice), and flooding. Base unit
calls up to three telephone numbers anywhere in North America when
problem occurs. Identifies specific problem with voice message followed
by user instructions for remote deactivation. Battery included.
Power failure, freeze, and flood home monitoring system. Monitors homes,
condos, cottages, outbuildings, cabins, business, etc. Automatically
calls up to 3 different owner programmed phone numbers with a clear
voice message in the event of: Power failure, freezing, condtiions,
water leakage, or flooding. Freeze warning activates at 45 F. Connects
to existing telephone lines and installs in minutes with no special
wiring required. Selectable 5 or 15 minute initial call out delay, will
continue calling for up to 10 hours if needed. 9V battery backup
included. FCC approved.
My wife gets a subscription to martha stewart's magazine. They featured a
product called Home Heartbeat Home Automation Water package
www.homeheartbeat.com last month which will email or text message you if it
detects a leak
All of this sounds very complicated and costly. Turn off the water
heater (water and gas or electric) and connect a water sensor to the
sump pump, which sounds an alarm or flashes a red light on the outside
of the house. Pay a neighbor $20 and ask him to watch the house. If
the red light flashes, he can call you on your cell, and you can call
a plumber from wherever you are located. This seems a lot cheaper and
easier, and uses less electricity too. (shutting off water heater is
a savings too). The neighbor will need a key in case a plumber is
called REGARDLESS if you use this method or the costly hi-tech stuff.
On 9/10/2010 12:20 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Works nice if you have neighbors you know well enough to ask a favor
like that, and can trust- many of us do not. But why not just turn off
the water entirely, and have the neighbor walk through every couple of
days? If basement is flooding from OUTSIDE water, the neighbor will
likely also be having problems, and know to check your place too. If
asking a neighbor is too weird, most property management services or
rent-a-cop services will also do short-term 'building check' service.
I'd look for a house-sitter, or even a short-term rental customer. I'll
throw in the standard note to talk to insurance agent- many companies
get anxious about unoccupied houses when it is more than a couple of
weeks. Insurance agent can also provide suggestions about people to
check the place.
If you have trustworthy neighbours of course or a reliable house sitter,
which a lot of us don't. What about rural homeowners or if you have daily
sprinkler systems or family live far.
I wouldn't get one of these fancy systems myself but I do see the need for
them. Whether or not they work as advertised is a different matter.
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