Pros and cons of water leak detectors

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Bratman91, 10 Jul 2014.

  1. Bratman91

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    I would like to fit a device that, when the house is unoccupied, would detect any water leaks and turn off the water. My feeling is that nothing would detect a very slight leak but I would like something more serious to be detected. I would welcome any views as to how effective such devices are and any recommendations as to how, if at all, to go about choosing one.
     
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    What do you mean by unoccupied, if its long term, turning off the mains would be the answer.
    Having a water meter fitted and checking it will tell if you have a leak on the consumers side.
     
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    I can't see how a 'water leak detector' would distinguish between a leak, and normal use. Otherwise you'd be best turning the stopcock off.
     
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    I recall seeing a device at a home improvements show about 4 years ago but cannot remember the details. I think that it was said to work by being triggered if there was a steady but slight flow over, say, 15 minutes, the presumption being that most normal uses would either be for less time or for fluctuating demands (eg. watering the garden). I think that it was possible to, as it were, set the sensitivity for particular circumstances and it also had provision for manually turning off the water (using as a mains tap). Of course, such a device wouldn't stop every single drop of water leaking out but it would prevent catastrophic damage and would be easier for anyone to turn off the mains than a tap typically placed somewhere dark, not easily accessible and close to knuckle-scraping projections.
     
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    To make it worthwhile and practical I would have thought it would have to be situated near the internal stop cock and before any domestic outlets . i.e taps to cut off water supply, . or does one fit these to every water outlet in a property ?
     
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