Indoor flood control

We had the cold-water hose to our washing machine split and run out all night. Flooded the adjacent room - an old carport converted into additional room with concrete slab floor and carpet. The wash room has the washing machine and water heater. I'm concerned about a similar thing happening again, or something happening with the water heater. If I could get a small pump that would sit on the floor and tube into the elevated washing machine drain, and if it could sense water and automatically turn on, then I would be ahead of the game maybe. Assume I would put some kind of rim there so water would stay in a pool. Any suggestions about size of pump, type of pump, possible vender, etc.? Any other suggestions? Home Depot has nothing like that short of a sump pump, which doesn't look practical. My dreams are becoming unpleasant.
Thanks,
Bruce Kimball from Louisville
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There are contraptions that you put on the tap, that shut off if the waterflow is too big or if a sensor detects water on th floor. That might work for you.
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This is another variant
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And I've seen hoses at Home Depot that also shut off when the pressure is gone on one side and they were much cheaper. Can't remember the brand though.
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i'd suggest shutting off the water supply to the washing machine whenever it is not in use. There are double ball valve assemblies available that are a lot neater and easier to use than the usual pair of spigots.
For the water heater, a drain pan piped close to a floor drain (you still need an air gap) would be a good idea, and make sure the T/P valve drains either into the drain pan, or you can pipe it over to the deep sink if that's handy.
good luck,
nate
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Yeah, but ... I have a couple specific concerns: that something will happen while washing clothes, such as the water depth valve failing or something else. We do turn off the water now (always did turn off the hot - the cold bit us). The gas hot water heater is very difficult to access, or to put anything under.
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While this won't reroute the water, there is a cheap device you can buy that simply sits on the floor and sounds an alarm as soon as water hit it (Watchdog I think it's called). Think fire alarm, but for water. This would alert you if you're at home that something is wrong.
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Other suggestions? Yeah, turn the valve off except whilst running the washer. Get good hoses, and replace them regularly.
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