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Water Alert Flow Monitor
Water Alert Flow Monitor Product Description
The Water Alert Flow Monitor is a water flow and alarm system for detecting leaking water pipes or fixtures in residential and commercial building structures. The sensor probe has no moving parts to wear out and can detect water flow as little as a few ounces of water per minute. If water flows continuously for a preset time without stopping, it triggers an alarm. The alarm function can be set to alert the homeowner or a surveillance company monitoring the premises. This means, if your water does NOT stop flowing for more than 30 minutes an alarm will sound telling you to investigate the origin of the leak. It could be as simple as a stuck flapper valve in your upstairs toilet
An alarm condition could indicate a faulty valve or a more serious condition known as a “slab leak”. An undetected slab leak can cause flood damage to a structure costing thousands of dollars, and possibly rendering the property uninsurable, from a resulting insurance claim. No point of leak detection system will tell you this condition exists, none.
The Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor is attached directly onto the main water supply and detects all flow conditions. The Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor will not only detect water loss under the hot water heater, or dishwasher, or an icemaker like other competitive devices, but the Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor will detect water loss for the entire structure. A comprehensive system may include optional moisture sensors together with the Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor. This configuration will ensure both immediate and long-term protection of the structure and its contents. Resource conservation is also promoted by detecting unknown water loss long before thousands of gallons escape down the drain or into the structure’s foundation. For example, no point of leak detection system will tell you have a stuck flapper valve in a toilet.
The Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor is easy to use and attractive. The Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor enclosure provides real-time status and operation of the system. A POWER indicator shows the system is active while a TRIP lamp reveals the instantaneous use of any water flow. The ALERT lamp will indicate an alarm condition, sound a built-in beeper, and also activate a wired alarm company system. Water flow sensitivity and time to alarm are easily adjustable using simple thumb dials.
When the Water Alert Flow Monitor is connected to an auto-dialer telephone device, it can alert anyone by telephone that a problem exists. When connected to an electric water valve, it can shut-off the water automatically until the system is manually reset. Other devices may be connected to the Water Alert Flow Monitor to coordinate moisture and over-pressure sensors as well as leak detection throughout the entire structure. Wireless operation is also available for signaling where wires prove difficult to install.
Water Alert Flow Monitor Installation
This Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor does not require any plumbing or special electrical connections. The Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor is simply matched to accommodate the pipe size supplying the structure. The main incoming copper pipe section should be scrubbed clean and free from oils and other contaminates in the area where the Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor is installed. Wiring to an external alarm system is a nice option if the on-board alarm is too far away to be heard. A low voltage power pack, which plugs directly into any convenient AC receptacle, is all that the Water Alert Flow Monitor requires to function properly.
Water Alert Flow Monitor Maintenance
There are no user serviceable parts that require maintenance or service. The system should be protected from the elements and kept dry. Air drafts and direct sunlight exposure may affect the operation adversely and should be kept to a minimum. Some pipes may have internal lime-scale build-up that slows the response time of the system while detecting flow, however normal operation is still provided.
Water Alert Flow Monitor Operation
The Water Alert Flow Monitor does not require any special operation or handling. The Bravedo Water Alert Flow Monitor simply detects and indicates if there is water flow. If the water flow does not completely stop at least one time during the preset time limit, it displays and sounds the alarm. A reset switch may be pressed to silence and reset the alarm. This may also be accomplished remotely from a wired alarm company system. The system will also automatically reset the alarm after the water has stopped.
The time limit is set by adjusting the TIME dial. After a reset, the ALERT lamp flashes once for each 10 minute interval, that the time limit will be set. Ex. 6 flashes x 10 minutes = 60 mins or 1 hour of continuous uninterrupted flow before the alarm sounds.
The amount of water flow required to activate the timer can be set by adjusting the SET dial and helps to calibrate the system <ROBERT> to the attached piping. The TRIP lamp glows to indicate when the water flow in the pipe exceeds the preset level.
Control Panel Size – 3”H x 5”W x 1”D
Power – 24VDC Transformer @ 2Amps
Power Wire - Up to 20 feet, 18awg min. AC cord included
Sensor –Thermal Dispersion Operation, Uses two Clamp-on Fittings
Alarm Output – opto-isolator, pulls to ground
Reset Input – opto-isolator, 10K pull-up, short to GND for reset
Siren-Alarm– 2.3Khz @ 80 decibals
Rotary Controls – Two ¾ turn, thumb dials SET sets the flow sensing time limit and TRIP adjusts the flow rate that trips the alarm.
Optional – RS232 Computer interface for analysis and calibration
Water Leak Flow Alarm CALIBRATION PROCEDUREThe calibration of this unit is not very complicated. It comes out of the box with a preset factory sensitivity that can read reasonably low water flows. However the TRIP SET adjustment must be set by the operator during installation. This adjustment has a range that can sense from whether there is water in the pipe to all faucets at full open. Somewhere in between the installer needs to make this adjustment.
The best way to achieve the correct trip setting is to set the time knob to minimum.
This allows the system to stay active and read flow without triggering the alarm.
Shut off main water supply in the house.
Wait for a few minutes for the system to settle.
Dial the TRIP SET knob until the TRIP LED comes on, then back it up until the LED just turns off.
This sets the minimum flow reading to no flow since the water has been shut off in the entire house.
Go back to the water shut off valve and while listening carefully, open the valve fully.
If water is heard rushing through the valve and pipes, chances are there is already a leak since the plumbing system didn't hold and the water pressure replace what escaped with more water.
The unit is now calibrated to the plumbing at the most sensitive setting.
Some houses have "noisy" pipes and water circulates but does not leak out. In this case, readjusting the TRIP SET for higher trip levels may be needed.
As before, dial the TRIP SET knob until the TRIP LED comes on, then back it up until the LED turns off.
When finished with this adjustment, be sure to return the TIME dial into position to reactivate the system timer.
Press reset or power cycle the unit to complete the installation.
The Headaches of a Water Leak...
Those who have experienced the pain of a water leak in the past know the headache and hassle of trying to clean up the mess, let alone worry about the expensive repairs. Most likely if you are here you have experienced a water leak.
There are many reasons to protect your home from water damage. Hardwood floors are indeed a major issue if you experience water damage. In most cases the floor will need to be removed and replaced; this is also true for carpet. In some instances water leaks are not covered by home insurance policies, and almost always flood damage is not.
There are a few articles out there about different types of water leak prevention options, here is a quick and easy to understand summary of the different options:
1. Simple Leak Detector
* A device that is place in an area of your home where you think water damage could occur, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or washing machine room.
* The device has sensors that will detect water or moisture and sound a loud alarm to notify you of a potential problem.
* The device does not stop the leak, you must do it manually.
* Cost ranges usually from $20-100 each..
2. Appliance Specific Leak Detector & Auto-shutoff
* A device that is directly attached to the water supply of a appliance such as a washing machine, refridgerator, icemaker, water heater, etc.
* The device may sound an alarm when a leak is detected or it may not.
* The device will automatically shut off the water supply to that specific unit. For example if you have a water heater unit and your water heater leaks it will turn off the water supply to the water heater, all other appliances will still work such as your fridge, washing machine, etc.
* Cost usually ranges from $100-$400 per unit.
3. Complete Detection & Auto-shutoff System
* A complete wired or wireless leak detections system for your entire house.
* Water sensors are placed throughout the house in every room or key locations.
* If any sensor detects a leak it will turn off the main water supply to your entire house.
* Some unit may have built in notification systems to page you or contact your home security service provider if you have one.
* Cost usually ranges from $199-$500
* The BravedoWater Alert Flow Alarm System can send the alarm signal to turn off your water supply if the water flows too long catching catastrophic leaks before they happen.
* The BravedoWater Alert Flow Alarm System can page you or contact your home security service provider if you have on
All of these options are good and have pros and cons. You can get protection for as little as $200 and as much as $400
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