The only downside to these are slightly longer fill times and the
potential for "false" activations but considering the "insurance" they
provide probably worth it.
I've had two neighbors in the last year have their houses flooded by
broken under sink supply lines....makes me nervous even though all
mine are only ~3 years old.
I'm seriously considering switching over to them.
I've always just turned off the valves when I'm not using the washer.
Keeps the valves free and the only possible way I could flood the
basement (well, from the washing machine anyway) is if the hoses break
or the machine overfills while it's actually in use.
I've seen dual ball valve setups with a single handle for use with
washing machines. If I ever get around to repiping my basement I'll
probably use one, it's quicker to throw one handle than to spin two stop
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