New poster here ... so bear with me!! Also, I'm a Brit who has only just
moved to the US so be gentle with me if I use unfamiliar terms!!
Having had the unfortunate experience of my third appliance water leak last
night ... am currently drying carpets! The catalog is one hose, one heater,
one toilet cistern crack over he space of about 10 years.
I was wondering if there was a device that could be put in between the
appliance shutoff tap and the hose so that if more than a predetermined
volume of water passed the device in (say) five minutes for a toilet cistern
or (say) 10 minutes for a washing machine or dishwasher, that it would cut
off the water supply?
Any thoughts or other ideas?
PS: Happy Thanksgiving
There is a device for washing machines that allows you to punch a button
and it allows X minutes of supply until it shuts it off. You set he time.
Here is one:
You might also be interested in something like this:
I don't know of any such device. But, I'm curious if you have found that
American English is different than English English. I've gotten a piece of
mail some years ago that wanted me to send them money for the "US English"
campaign, to make English the official language of the US.
I don't know how many US people would put the pot on in your flat, so you
could watch the telly. If we really had English, the US would need to learn
to speak all over again. Cheerio!
The only real difference between American English and British English (I
speak Canadian English, a blend of the two) is in names of certain objects
such as "windshield" (am) or "windscreen" (br) and "trunk" (am) or "boot"
(br), for cars and so on, some spellings such as "labor" and "labour" or
"center" and "centre", and many words with "z", galvanized in American and
Canadian, galvanised in Britain. And of course, the whole world of slang,
every English speaking country has common and different slang words. Think
for example Australian slang, American slang, Irish slang, Canadian slang
and on and on.
Five or 10 minutes of free running water could cause a huge amount of
damage. If you are really serious about this you could consider
installing water sensors in places near water, but where water should
not be. Examples would be under the toilet, washing machine,
dishwasher, fridge (remember that icemaker line?), hot water heater,
etc. These sensors would be wired, or you could use wireless, to a
valve on the main water supply which would immediately close. If you
want more info, try google, or consider posting to
comp.home.automation. People there could give you more info (of course
there are a couple regulars from there who also post here).
You can do that with some sort of electronic timer and a solenoid valve
in the water line. But... fine tuning it for all occasions that you're
likely to encounter is the big problem.
Check out a whole house device. Any leak where you install a sensor,
shuts off the main water to the house, until you reset it.
I beleive there's one in the States call WaterCop or something like
that. The sensors are wireless so its a breeze to set up. A plumber
should install the main shutoff valve.
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