What is LeakSMART?
Plumbing leaks can happen at anytime, and can have any number of causes ranging from age to corrosion to blockages or lack of maintenance. They can create major problems in your plumbing and cause serious damage to your home, if not found and repaired quickly. Until recently, it was hard to detect leaks. Now, thanks to smart technology, you can reduce the risk of serious damage from leaks with LeakSMART installation. LeakSMART is a leak and flood protection device that connects to your computer or smart phone and alerts you to the presence of leaks in your plumbing lines. Not only does it monitor your system and detect leaks, it shuts your water off to protect you from any potential damage.
If you are concerned about protecting your home from plumbing leaks, you may want to consider LeakSMART installation in Saddle Brook, NJ. For more information about this device, or to get one installed, call 551-257-6200 to talk with the experts at Absolute Precision Plumbing and Heating.
How does LeakSMART work
LeakSMART works with your phone or computer to alert you to leaks in your plumbing system. With a LeakSMART Installation, there are three main components, the cut-in valve, the hub, and the sensors. A mobile app is available for download. The cut-in valve goes on the main water line, while sensors are placed on pipes and other areas where leaking is common. The sensors take about 5 seconds to detect any leaks present and send a message to the hub. The hub then alerts the shut-off valve, as well as the homeowner. You have the option to allow the hub to tell the valve to shut the water off automatically or you can shut it off manually with your phone.
How much does LeakSMART cost?
The complete system sells for $425. You can also buy individual components. The flood sensor costs about $70, the smart valve about $230 and the hub about $150. Many distributors will sell the complete package for much less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. If you buy the product and have it installed by a professional you receive a 5-year warranty. Your insurance company may also give you a discount if your LeakSMART installation is provided by a professional.
How to install LeakSMART
While we advise having a professional install your LeakSMART to ensure it works properly and to receive the 5-year warranty package, when you buy the device, it provides you with step-by-step installation instructions. The first step will require you to connect the device to the mobile app. Once the device is connected to the app, the valve will need to be connected to the main water line. You’ll begin by shutting off the water supply, and relieve water pressure by opening up hot and cold water handles on the faucet closest to the valve. An AC power source will also need to be close by so the valve can operate without relying on batteries except as a back-up power source. The device can operate on batteries if there is an electric outage. Install the valve with the included fittings, making sure the arrow on the side faces away from the meter. Once the device is installed, water is turned on, the power cord is attached, and the system is tested.
How do I reset my LeakSMART sensor?
If your LeakSMART sensor needs to be reset for any reason it can easily be reset by following these steps.
- Remove the battery door and install batteries.
- Hold down the black button for 15 second, and then release it.
- Remove and reinstall battery to power cycle the sensor
- Once the sensor chirps, the blue LED light flashes 5 times every second.
How to reset LeakSMART valve
Use the manual open/close buttons on the valve or on the smartphone app. The leak has to be repaired or resolved to manually reopen the valve.
Does LeakSMART work with SmartThings?
If you have Samsung’s SmartThings connected, you may want to connect your LeakSMART device to it. While it is possible, you must note that LeakSMART is not officially supported by SmartThings. It’s possible that performance will vary, and Samsung will not be able to provide support if any problems develop.
Why sprinkler leaks after it is shut off?
If you have a leak in your sprinkler system, it’s possible for the leak to keep going even after the water has been shut off. One possible reason is low head drainage, which occurs because the lowest head on a zone drains water from lateral piping through the sprinkler. It may also be caused by water leaking through the zone valve, usually because debris is blocking the valve.
While it’s not recommended that a LeakSMART installation is used on a sprinkler system, you can pair the LeakiSMART with a Nest thermostat and help detect leaks in your air conditioner. If you have leaks in your air conditioner, you’ll require an air conditioning service to repair it.
Where to buy LeakSMART
You can buy LeakSMART online through companies like Amazon or at big box home improvement stores or through distributors like Absolute Precision Plumbing and Heating. If you are interested in LeakSMART installation in Saddle Brook, NJ, give our team a call at 551-257-6200 and we can set you up, and ensure your device is working properly.