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Automatic Water Shut Off Valves

Smart water shut off valves can turn off the water automatically or remotely with a smartphone app in case of a leakage. These valves can shut off automatically when combined with a water sensor. The goal of the automatic water shut off valve is to protect a space from flooding if there is no one around to see it. Pipe water leakage can occur because of

  • freezing temperatures,
  • mechanical damage during emergencies
  • pipe junction fitting wear off and so on

Leak Detection

To safeguard your home from an extremely unpleasant situation like flooding because of water leak you can use water leak detectors also called water sensors. These sensors together with the automatic water shut off valves integrate into smart home hubs and take immediate action when a leak is detected. Water sensors communicate with water shut-off valves through the smart home hub like SmartThings. When the hub receives an alert about water leak it sends a signal to the valve to shut off the water.

Automatic Water Shut Off Valve Types

There are 2 common types of these valves: valves combined with water detectors which signal the valve to shut off immediately after it detects water where it shouldn't be. The other type is flow-based leak prevention valves. These valves shut off the water after it continuously flows for a set amount of time, say15 minutes. It can save you on water bills in situations when toilet water flows constantly without filling the water tank.

Dome Home Automation Water Shut-Off Valve

Dome Home Automation Water Shut-Off Valve

Main Features:

  • Integrates with a smart home hub
  • Automatically shuts off the water when the smart home system detects a leak
  • Remotely turn on/off the valve using a smartphone app
  • Works with 1/4-turn ball valves

Conveniently enough Dome automatic shut off valve can integrate with the smart home hub you already have in place. It works with Wink, SmartThings, Home Seer, Nexia and many other hubs. If your smart home system detects water leaks using sensors and broadcasts the signal to the Dome Shut-off valve it can automatically shut down the water. And in case you'll be out of home for several days and forget to turn off the water valves you can do it remotely with the mobile app for an added safety. Installation does not require a plumber. You can do it yourself with the help of a screwdriver.

Pros Cons
Easy to set up In some cases may lack torque to fully shut off the valve
Doesn't require a certified plumber Sometimes has integration issues with SmartThings

Works well with many home automation hubs

EcoNet Controls EBV105-HCM Z-Wave Water Valve

EcoNet Controls Z-Wave Water Valve

Main Features:

  • No plumbing required
  • Automatic water shut off when a leak is detected
  • Compatible with Z-wave home automation systems
  • Easy installation

This water valve comes in 3 sizes of valves - 1/2", 2/3" and 1". You need to choose your valve size. Works with SmartThings, 2Gig alarm system, VeraEdge controller, alarm.com

Pros Cons
Great customer service In some cases bracket can rotate if clamps don't fit snugly
Works well in outside installation Documentation could be better

LeakSMART Shut-off Valve + Sensor

LeakSMART Shut-off Valve & Sensor

Main Features:

  • Works with 3/4" water main
  • includes 1 water sensor
  • Works with Wink, IRIS, Zigbee based systems to automatically shut off the valve in case of leakage
  • Sends alerts when leaks are detected
Pros Cons
Includes Temperature sensor Professional plumber is recommended for installation
Batteries die in about 3 months. Need to be repaired with hub after battery change