Best household sensors & alarms according to redditors

We found 316 Reddit comments discussing the best household sensors & alarms. We ranked the 102 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Household Sensors & Alarms:

u/Jessie_James · 86 pointsr/Frugal

I bought a house in 2009, allow me to share my mistakes with you.

Good move: We had the entire interior painted before we moved in.

Bad move: We didn't paint the doors or bathrooms because we thought we were going to repair/replace/remodel. I should have had it all done, they are STILL not done to this day.

Good move: I bought the home warranty from - they are actually VERY good, and this policy saved me a LOT of money. My HVAC system died three times, and they fixed it every time. Other things, broke, they fixed it. I cancelled it after two years once things settled down, but it paid for itself. At least for me, but I had a bad feeling about my 10 year old HVAC system and I was right. YMMV.

Bad move: I did a lot of work around the house and bought a lot of stuff the first year. After that, I realized I had changed my mind and should not have done the work, or did not like what I bought.

SOLUTION: Don't do any major work/changes for the first year. Just live there. Check things out. Think of ideas, write them down, make plans ... but don't DO anything about them until you've had time to think about them. Then prioritize what you NEED and what you WANT.

Bad move: I bought an inexpensive Cub Cadet lawn mower ($300) because it was all I needed. It refused to start a year later, the drive belt slips off every 5 minutes, and is generally a PITA. That was money I wasted.

Good move: I bought a $600 Honda which has been 100% every time, mows so well I don't need to bag the grass as there are virtually no visible clippings.

Bad move: I bought a $99 Black & Decker "Leaf Hog" blower. It doesn't work very well, so I never use it. Wasted money.

Bad move: I bought a $79 electric weed whacker. It was crap, and didn't do a good job, resulting in major weeds/bushes around my yard.

Good move: I bought a $300 Echo gas trimmer which tears through everything in a fraction of the time and does what it should.

Bad move: I bought a $3000 bedroom set. Don't get me wrong, I love it and it's nice, but it was a lot of money.

Good move: I bought a used 1991 full size Chevy truck. I then setup alerts on Craigslist using an Android app ( ) that searches for stuff I want. I have so far picked up:

A complete bedroom set for $100 along with a FREE armoire - this would have been several thousand dollars if purchased new:

A set of micro-suede couches for $35 - these are easily $1000 couches new.

A very nice flat-panel TV stand and component case for $50, probably $500 new.

And just yesterday I picked up this computer desk/hutch for free, probably $1,000 new:

I've also picked up a file cabinet, a crib, a work table, a desk chair, and a ton of other things.

Right now I am looking for a curio and a hot tub. There are lots out there, you just have to be quick!

So how does this tie into the truck? Well, the money I spent on the truck has allowed me to get all this furniture for free or cheap. Most people listing things on Craigslist tell me a lot of people call about the items ... but no one has a truck, and no one comes to get it. Having the truck has pretty much paid for itself in all the free and cheap furniture I have obtained.

Bad move: I did not realize I don't have enough insulation in my attic. I have only 3" or so. I should have blown in 18" or whatever is needed. This would have cut my utility bills. I am doing that in the next few weeks. My neighbor did it and cut his electric bill in HALF! For me, that might mean saving $100+ a month! :o

REALLY BAD MOVE: I bought an entry level GE dishwasher. Well, just last week it failed and flooded my house. $1000 insurance deductible, water damage everywhere, and a major PITA.

Good move (which I should have done): Buy some leak detectors like these and put one in EVERY ROOM WITH A WATER FIXTURE. I bought enough of these for each toilet/sink in each bathroom, the kitchen sink, the dishwasher, the washing machine, and MOST IMPORTANTLY the HVAC system (which has a drain which can get clogged and slowly flood your house - that also happened to me - you have to clean the drain every year!)

Ok, I hope that helps. :)

u/makka85 · 56 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Water sensors near all equipment that can potentially cause thousands of dollars in damage if it springs a leak. Water heater, boiler, and the main water inlet all have one of these near them on the floor

u/double-float · 17 pointsr/intel

Radon is odorless and tasteless, so you'll need a specialized kit to detect it:

u/802bikeguy_com · 11 pointsr/Homebrewing

Leak sensor in the keezer is a good idea.

u/SeymourKnickers · 9 pointsr/homeowners

I like these Glentronics ones and have them everywhere. Cheaper ones I've tried were unreliable, but my oldest Glentronics alarm has been in service for at least ten years. Since the sensor is removable, I was able to put one under the fridge and place the alarm where there was space.

It's a bit of a pain to replace the batteries every two years (that's the schedule I've used for my smoke alarms too) but it's worth the peace of mind. Before water sensors I had a washing machine flood, a fridge ice maker flood, a water heater flood, and a basement laundry pit flood, three of which went on too long because I had no idea what was happening in the basement. These alarms I can hear easily from the main floor.

Glentronics also made my Basement Watchdog Big Dog battery backup sump pump which I've had for fourteen years and has saved my basement three times during extended power failures. First battery lasted six years, the second one lasted seven, and I installed my third just recently. They sell good stuff.

u/BornOnFeb2nd · 8 pointsr/homeautomation

Warning: stream of conciousness follows. I tried to re-organize it a bit..

  • Designate a spot in the house for your equipment center. (EC) Get a Rack, and just focus on rack-mount gear.
  • Run a FUCKLOAD of power to the EC. I'm talking like at LEAST 100A sub-panel. Branch off circuits from that as needed.
  • Look into a UPS for the EC to keep everything purring along even in case of power burps.
  • Whole house standby generator?
  • Conduit from the EC to all the rooms, attic, garage. Multiple strings in it for pulling future cabling
  • Run CAT6 and Coax from the EC to all the rooms, maybe multiple walls, closet too.
  • Run multiple strands of Coax from an outside box to your EC, don't like the local Cable company fuck with it, just connect to it.)
  • Maybe even fiber, or at least some conduit for it..
  • Coax Splitter/Distribution in the EC
  • If you're feelin' froggy, run Fiber from the EC to where you expect your computer will be.
  • Get POE cameras installed while it's easy, run 'em to the EC. Get a POE Switch.
  • Get an appropriate number of WAPs installed, have them run multiple pieces of CAT, power, maybe even Fiber in an attempt to future proof yourself.
  • Pick up a Used Dell R710, and use it to virtualize things like a router, NVR for the cameras, brain for the home automation(Homeseer?), WAPS, Home theater, etc..
  • Rather than central heating, maybe look into sub-floor heating? Each room could be adjusted as desired then.
  • Install ceiling fans with TWO switches in a Double-gang. One for light, one for Fan. Zwave!
  • Whole house fan?
  • Have the electricians install all the Z-wave fixtures, so they use appropriately sized wall boxes. "Normal" ones are a snug fit.
  • Z-wave outlets too?
  • Get little "medicine cabinet" type boxes installed in each room with CAT and power, for intercom, distributed entertainment systems, etc.
  • In-ceiling speakers all over the fuckin' place, with per-room controls for aforementioned intercom, entertainment, etc.
  • LED Step/Stair lighting, bonus points for Billie Jean
  • Sprinkler System w/ OpenSprinkler
  • Look into the in-window shades. Who wants to dust shit? Pretty sure they have mechanisms to control them too.
  • Run a fuckload of power to the garage as well. I have a single outlet in mine.. It fucking sucks.
  • Look into getting your Home Theater "brains" in the EC as well?
  • Acoustically Transparent screens are your friends. Hide those speakers!
  • Run the speaker cabling for a full Atmos setup, even if you're not going to be that insane (yet)
  • If you get a projector, have them run the cabling up the center from the screen, and leave slack. That way, when you get a different projector and need to adjust the distance, it's not quite so heart-breaking. Conduit, of course.
  • Irrigation system / OpenSprinkler (Homeseer can talk to it)
  • I love the idea of a "wet room" bathroom. Simplifies some things, complicates others.
  • Zwave water leak sensors installed under the toilets by the gasket so you can catch problems quickly. The cable is a LOT longer than that photo appears.
  • Zwave water valves, kill flow remotely/automatically
  • "centralized" plumbing, where everything is a home run (probably to the EC), rather than a maze of pipes throughout the house
  • Tankless heaters near the faucets instead of a main one?
  • Have your doorbell cabling run to the EC, and then branch it from there to any bells. Chasing wires suck.
  • Tesla solar roof?
u/jam905 · 7 pointsr/homeautomation

The true cost of this thing includes paying for a plumber to install it, unless you can turn off the water mains from the city/county and are comfortable cutting open the main supply pipe to your house. There are z-wave alternatives that are substantially cheaper and do not require a plumber - for example this one. This controller (and there are others very similar to it) mount on a levered ball valve on the outside and have a z-wave controlled motor that moves the lever between open and closed positions. When paired with Aeotec flood sensors, you can assemble a system that's much cheaper than the Leaksmart at the discounted price and does the same job.

u/arizona-lad · 7 pointsr/HomeImprovement

First of all, relax. You have been breathing mold spores since you were one minute old. You've been breathing them 24/7/365 days a year. Even the most sterile room in a hospital has mold spores. Honestly.

Here is an excerpt from the EPA:

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing.

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust.

You are assuming that all molds are bad and dangerous to your health. That is flatly not true. A very few molds produce reactions in humans. There is no evidence yet that you even have one of these rare problems. Yes, you are seeing growth on the A-coil. That does not mean what you are seeing is toxic.

Let science determine whether or not you have an actual problem, please. Buy a test kit, collect some samples, and send them off to a lab:

In a short while you will receive a report on what they've identified.

I have been working on air conditioning systems since 1977. Every single one of them, without fail, has had observable growth in and around the coil. It is biological. It is also a fact of life. Provide acceptable conditions, and life always finds a way to exploit that.

You probably do not want to hear this, but the same condition exists in your car or truck, too.

Don't sweat it. You are not going to die anytime soon, I assure you.

u/callmejeremy · 7 pointsr/homeowners

I actually have this: Automatic Laundry Water Leak Detector and Shut-Off System for Washing Machine Outlets, Flood Stopping and Water Leak Detection

Basically a combo water detector and valve shutoff. Haven't needed it yet, but I'm glad it's there!

u/elangomatt · 7 pointsr/sysadmin

Or at the very least get a few leakfrogs! (I have no idea why that's selling for $50, maybe they're not making them anymore. I got one from woot in a bag of crap years ago!)

u/guyinnova · 7 pointsr/Aquariums

Bottom of the tank leaked. I haven't removed the sand yet to see exactly where the silicone failed, but it was certainly leaking. The half gallon of water was on the floor.

For anyone not familiar with them a water alarm is a little plastic box with two metal contacts on the bottom that you sit on the floor. If there is water on the floor that touches both contacts it goes off like a smoke detector. This are great for any home for around water heaters and anywhere else you risk a leak. Every aquarium should have one behind it.

These are the ones I bought: Water Alarms

u/wwabc · 6 pointsr/homeowners

mid July, so it's only been two weeks. could be coincidence

are you from that area? could it be new pollen from the yard? new carpet? or paint?

well water?

I'd do another mold test, just to rule it out:

u/anonydeadmau6 · 6 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

You can get an app for your phone called "my security app". It allows you to send a text to your chosen contact number, and an email of your gps coordinates to them. It also allows you to take a photo of someone and send that as an email. It's also got a panic button which works like a rape alarm (flashing and lots of noise) so if something were to happen even if you're not at home it might be worth getting an app like that. If you think the creepy guy might actually try to break in, you can get personal alarms that once the pin is pulled out makes a loud noise until you put the pin back in ( I used mine for my shed since I didn't live in a nice area, so you can attach it to either side of a door so if he was to break in, you'd be alerted to it, and since it's an alarm instead of a dog barking your neighbours would know something was wrong too. Another option is a doorstop alarm ( Both of these are pretty good for renting because you don't have to drill holes or anything into the house, and they're also pretty inexpensive.

u/phips25 · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I would like to add that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Please don't mess around with Radon. My wife's grandmother had lung cancer and never smoked a day in her life. It wasn't until years later when her grandfather developed spots on his lungs that the house was tested off the charts.

Here is a link for a very inexpensive test kit First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit

u/Brazensage · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I have a meter, but don't think that should be part of the cost for the average person. You get more accurate results by buying a test kit and sending it in once a year. I'd send mine in during the dead of winter when levels tend to peak. Costs about $5/test.

u/Eshin242 · 5 pointsr/whatisthisthing

Sure don't know if links are legal on this sub, but here is one on Amazon. Not 100% sure how amazing it is but the reviews have it pretty well:

u/fpreston · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I got a bunch of these off of before Amazon bought them. Love them. Put them under every sink in the house and near the furnace/ac

u/czrabode · 5 pointsr/Abode

I bought a bunch of Aeotec Water Sensor, Z-Wave Flood & Leak Sensor . They work well.

Like you, I want to be able to use some of my home automation devices with another hub if Abode ever goes belly up.

u/Natural_Law · 5 pointsr/homeowners

After I did an initial mail in test and got 1.9 as a result, I was curious to see how my continuing encapsulation would change things (if any).

Been very happy with this little thing (kept in my daughters bedroom):

u/DarkSkyForever · 4 pointsr/ReefTank

Get one of these if you don't have one already.

It's saved my ass from a similar situation - return line tube popped off of my pump and I had the fountains at Bellagio in my stand. Luckily most was making it back into my sump, but the little that was splashing out triggered my leak alarm.

u/epicrepairtime · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Get radon test kit (won't break the bank-they can be had for $30 normally and are often on sale) and make sure that the basement doesn't have elevated levels before deciding to occupy it for any extended time.

Radon can be dealt with (mitigation strategies vary with how high the concentration is) so it isn't the end of the world if it is present-just good to know what levels so you can decide how to proceed.

Pallets are often just raw wood (some are treated too) and raw wood in a basement can easily lead to mold/mildew issues.

Anytime wood contacts concrete/masonry it should be pressure treated wood that is rated for contact (most municipal codes require this-some codes will allow a naturally rot resistant wood like cedar).

There are many different types of pressure treated wood.

Some are relatively safe for indoor use, others less so-so check the label/manufacturer data sheet to determine appropriate materials for your project.

The really toxic treatments are now either banned (here in the US anyhow) or are only allowed for rail or other specialized industry use and not sold to the general public.

u/lotsoluck · 4 pointsr/Delaware

I just sent in one of the tests, it's a lot cheaper to do it yourself. The previous owner didn't smoke and died of lung cancer, I figured for <$20 it's worth the piece of mind.

u/completefudd · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

This might be worth it for continuous monitoring:

u/dougmc · 4 pointsr/LifeProTips

That logic isn't wrong, but there's also the inconvenience of mucking with the water cutoff twice daily and the cutoffs aren't normally designed to be used that often -- eventually they will wear out and may start leaking on their own.

(That said, something leaking out in your yard is rarely a major concern, but it does waste water and may cost you money (depending on which side of the meter it's on.)

Even if you don't take this advice about shutting off the main when you're out of town, it's not a bad idea to know where the cutoff is and be sure that you know how to turn it off -- if a pipe bursts while you are home, you'll want to already know how to turn off the water rather than be trying to figure it out.

Also, water detection alarms like the Leakfrog (often on sale at woot for a lot less!) in key places can be quite useful, and you can also tie water detectors into alarm systems to call for help even if you're not home.

u/Pepperyfish · 4 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

bug sweepers can be bought online if you are interested here is the first link off google

u/redlotusaustin · 4 pointsr/homeautomation

You could do things like you're planning but I would add in a water-valve to cut the water in addition to the power (you want to cut both so the washer doesn't run while it's dry). I would also use Home Assistant instead of IFTTT, since it will be faster and won't rely on your internet being up to work. If you go with ZWave device, you'll need some kind of hub, which Home Assistant can act as (with a ZWave USB stick).

However, unless you want to tie this particular issue into a large home automation system (getting text messages when the leak sensor is triggered for example), you might be better off with something like this, which is an all-in-one system for exactly your use-case:

Personally, I'd go with that kit, otherwise you're looking at:

u/pottersquash · 4 pointsr/NewOrleans

Aight, put the froggy at 1.5 ft. The height of the warning frog is your choice.

u/XIIXOO · 4 pointsr/RealEstate

Just bought a couple after my sump pump crapped out.

u/bmzink · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Get a pack of these and put them around your water sources.

u/praetor- · 3 pointsr/homeautomation

Looking closer at your sensor I'm not surprised. It looks like it is designed to trigger when it is damp, not just submerged.

You might try something like this. It should alert only when the prongs are submerged.

u/yayhooraywoo · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

They sell lil things like these (can probably find similar for cheaper) to just leave next to your water sources and they'll make noise if there's water on the floor!

u/microlard · 3 pointsr/smarthome

At one time lyric had a water sensor with a rope-like sensor which could be extended. Fwiw..

u/sal9002 · 3 pointsr/whatisthisthing

To answer your question, there is no way to tell toxic mold from a photo. All mold can be hazardous to sensitive individuals. But the way to tell toxic mold is to get an in-home test that runs between $40 and $200, or hire a professional mold remediation company who will run tests.

Example of in home test:

u/sachs1 · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

I prefer inline, but I do all my own plumbing and know how to prevent/fix leaks. If you're concerned about leaks, get a plastic tote and leak detector and set as much plumbing as possible in there. That way you'll have ~10 gallons to figure out how to fix a leak.

u/Nebakanezzer · 3 pointsr/homeowners

If you've slept in the basement below the bedroom you're probably good.

If you're really worried you could test for it (it's cheap): First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit But I wouldn't. It's usually done when you purchase the house as part of the inspection.

u/SPG2469 · 3 pointsr/fargo

Normal to run this often make sure the hose is well away from the house or you will just be pumping the same water over and over. I have one of the leak frog alarms.

u/slightlyknowledgeabl · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

Didn't see the last post, but here is what I bought awhile back for $30:

Amazon: La Crosse Alerts Mobile 926-25101-GP Wireless Monitor System Set with Dry Probe

Save a little bit buying that and 2 of these: La Crosse Alerts Mobile 926-25000-BP Wireless Monitor Add-On Sensor Only for existing La Crosse Alerts Mobile System

Works great, haven't had any problems with it for 8 months or so. Very useful in the summer where I am..

u/Kv603 · 3 pointsr/smarthome

If you want a Radon monitor that doesn't look like it was designed in the 1980s, it's a good deal.

Direct link to Amazon:

u/kmsilent · 3 pointsr/PlantedTank

A couple emergency and safety notes:

For everyone, do a massive favor for yourself and your property and buy one of these water / leak alarms, they’re cheap and also come in battery powered cute versions. If you spring a leak, this alarm will go off and you could potentially save your livestock, filters, pumps, heater, and of course your flooring and subfloor for just $15.

For those of us with injected CO2:

Any time you make a CO2 adjustment, be home and check in on your tank. It sounds excessive, but it’s pretty easy to just turn it up when you are watching TV on a weekend instead of off at work or school. Furthermore, if you are playing with your pH or kH, it is a good idea to do the same as this can effectively increase the amount of CO2 in the water.

Lastly, I am no expert, but I have found that increasing oxygen levels can be very beneficial. I’m still doing my research but it seems there is an overemphasis on keeping water agitation down. Plants and fish need oxygen. Putting a small airstone or having a HOB filter is not the end of the world – CO2 and O2 do not compete for space in water and now that I’m gaining more experience, seems to be beneficial as I’ve found it can keep the fish from getting gassed as the agitation will off gas excess CO2 and keep any scum from forming and suffocating the tank. If your solenoid or regulator fails or you get end of tank dump (all things which are fairly common), an airstone or surface agitation may be the only thing left to off gas that additional CO2 and save your fish.

A helpful video

u/mettavestor · 3 pointsr/RhodeIsland

Yep. The long term average is 2.81 pCi but every now and then i see the 1 day average spike to 6 pCi which makes me nervous.

I've used this little guy for the last year or so...

u/recas · 3 pointsr/DIY

Water leak alarms. Not a tool but these little devices pay for themselves after your first leak (you don't want to find about it when water is sipping through the ceiling, or when mold is the first clue). These one have worked well for me in various occasions:

Tools: I agree with most everyone else here: Drill, hammer, measuring tape and level to start, then buy as you need and rent expensive equipment, specially for single projects.

u/Bonfire_ · 3 pointsr/homeowners

Oh, I hear you - I'm in Indiana. Keeping them open for a couple hours for the first week is to lower your current high level. Afterwards, you should only need to open a window briefly (I usually do 15m or so) every day or two to keep levels low.

I've got one of these meters:

I keep an eye on it and try to keep my levels below 3. Anytime it creeps up, I crack my window until it goes back down. It's a bit of a hefty initial investment of $200 for the meter, but it's so worth it when compared with the expensive systems.

u/craywolf · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

> Leak Frogs

Those are $40 for two of them? Geez.

Try these ones instead. They aren't cute, but they're half the price.

u/BreakfastBeerz · 3 pointsr/homeautomation

I use a zwave probe style water sensor that I have set in the sump crock zip tied to the discharge pipe at a level just above where the pump would normally kick on. That way, if the pump isn't working, and the water level rises higher than it should, it'll alert me.

u/jjallllday · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I bought this leak detector after my sump failed and flooded the basement. Setup is easy, and you can add other Honeywell products to the app if you want.

u/papercrane · 2 pointsr/halifax

To add to this, don't pay $230 for a 3-day test. First off, it's not an accurate picture, radon levels can fluctuate a lot in 3 days. Second, it's a complete rip off, you can buy your own digital meter for $250.

u/Animum_Rege · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

I think it's mostly about making damn sure that you don't have a problem. It can take short term and long term averages, so you can have the peace of mind that you don't have a problem.

If you look on Amazon, the same company (Corentium) sells a 4.6 star-rating radon monitor with a display for $199.. For basically the same price, you can get their newer Wave detector, which is the link I posted (CES17 coupon code gets you 15% off, but shipping is $25). If you live in an area where Radon is a problem, and you're also the kind of person that is willing to spend $100 on a smoke detector (i.e. Nest Protect) or $200-$250 on a thermostat (e.g. Nest or Ecobee3), then I guess this is for you! I just bought one without hesitation (ok, I hesitated because I was shocked at the shipping charge, but then saw that their company is in Norway).

Plus, typical radon tests are a one-time use thing, cost about $14, and only tell you what the levels were for a 2-3 day time period. Plus, you really should be testing every year or two, and if, for instance, you have family that has basements then you can lend it out to them. So in the long run, the cost may be on par with, or cheaper, than buying the one time use tests.

Anyways, that's my thoughts.

u/AbsolutelyPink · 2 pointsr/DIY

You're welcome. They come in all variations and sizes. Maybe install a marine battery and if you're game, a solar set up. You can also get something like this

u/bruce656 · 2 pointsr/Landlord

This is the brand I have. If you look around I think they come in 4 packs. If you want to get fancy, I would look into getting one hardwired in, so you don't have to worry about changing the batteries.

u/zorbtrauts · 2 pointsr/reptiles

You can get a remote weather monitoring system. They often come with smartphone apps. Here's a cheap option:

La Crosse Alerts Mobile 926-25101-GP Wireless Monitor System Set with Dry Probe

u/jim_br · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Everything you planned to do appears sound - my concern will be the dryer duct length and cleaning.

Code by me is a 35' limit, which seems long. Every 90 degree turn counts as 5'. That means the two bends out of the dryer to go vertical, then back to horizontal count at 10'. If you're 15' from the exterior wall, you can only have two more bends. I'd avoid flexible duct as that reduces the length (adds turbulence). When you're planning the ductwork, include access points to clean it out easily, so you don't avoid doing it.

If your budget allows it, I'd consider adding a moisture meter/water shutoff for the washer supply lines.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/homeowners

Get a radon detector from Amazon and find out how well it works .

Usually a sump piit needs a pump to mitigate water and a pump. Is part of that. Usually the weeping tile goes into the pit so water gets pumped. The whole thing could be encapsulated for radon mitigation.

I use this one in my basement:

Corentium Home Radon Detector by Airthings 223 Portable, Lightweight, Easy-to-Use, (3) AAA Battery Operated, USA Version, pCi/L

u/banjoman05 · 2 pointsr/FullTiming

I've been using one of these for a few months and am happy with it so far.

u/hbdgas · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

I know you're probably asking for something that links in to a system, but there's also simpler stuff like this:

u/cleansweep9 · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

Most zwave sensors are battery powered. Actually, I haven't seen wired door/window sensors outside of proprietary security systems, though I'm sure there's something out there.

This Wink Essentials Kit will work with any zwave hub, and is pretty much the best bang-for-the-buck for zwave sensors right now. I have three of them on my OpenHAB setup, and haven't had any problems.

For a water sensor, I've been keeping an eye on the Aeotec Water Sensor but I haven't purchased one yet.

Everything I've linked is battery powered.

u/erock7625 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I use this under my sink, works great, actually went off last week due to the soap dispenser leaking.

I also use this near my water heater, bit more expensive but it can alert you when you're not home though. (Need to buy SmartThings Hub)

u/urbanplowboy · 2 pointsr/DIY

Also, ready-built 9v water detectors can be found for ~$10-15. It's cool to know how to make one with things you may already have, though.

u/SophiaSingsTheBlues · 2 pointsr/smarthome
u/netchemica · 2 pointsr/guns

It's an older Liberty Fatboy. They've since updated their locking mechanism, the newer models are a bit nicer.

I have their outlet kit and an electric dehumidifier plugged in in addition to those lights.

That dehumidifier has been awesome. I have two silica canisters in there than you can "recharge" by baking them in an oven and they have yet needed to recharge after installing that dehumidifier.

u/_TheDrizzle · 2 pointsr/photography

The safe has a small hole in the back covered by drywall for an outlet kit. The kit allows for ethernet and there outlets inside the safe: LIBERTY SAFE & SECURITY PROD 11015 Safe Power Out Kit

u/BDThrills · 2 pointsr/diabetes

This is the one I'm planning to get for the freezer in the summer and my mini-fridge in the winter. DO pay attention to some of the comments though. If you are frequently away from home for long periods, you need a more expensive system.

u/MGreymanN · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

Seriously just google zwave water detection.
One example......
Dome Home Automation Leak Sensor Wireless Z-Wave Plus with Remote Probe, Water Resistant, White (DMWS1)

u/DenverMiner · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I'm in a similar situation as you. One thing I did to ease my mind a bit before I do get around to replacement is a water leak detector like this one... Maybe will help you get more time out of it without having to stare at the ceiling for water damage.

u/nath1234 · 2 pointsr/sydney

What I thought I might get is a mailbox alerter and just work from home for a few days dressed in running shoes and ready to tackle the fucker. If it's the same guy as last time he was pretty unsteady on his feet so I'll tackle him and wait for the cops to show up. Might get my mail back and the keys he nicked last time.

u/mujizac · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

Is this a thing?
I have no knowledge of these things at all. Just started googling because I felt it was an interesting idea.

u/IWillNotBiteYourDog · 2 pointsr/TalesFromRetail

You should have sold her something like this

u/eponerine · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I would at least get one of those rolling portable AC units and keep on the side. If the main AC shits the bed, at least you're not running around like a maniac. 14,000 BTU unit will cost about $500. That's an awesome price to pay to sleep better at night.

Also, get a shitty network temperature sensor. This one is cheap and emails/SMS/app notifies you:

u/buttgers · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

I have an old generation Aeotec water sensor I bought off Amazon a couple years ago, and it works perfectly with my Abode security system.

Any idea if this new one is compatible?

u/PoPotDude · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Totally with you on smart gardening. Have you seen the plant link? (

I recently got a connected thermometer as well, but haven't hooked it up yet. It will send alerts, and provides change in temp/humidity over time. (

u/bonestamp · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

These ones are simple and designed to float so they keep beeping as water continues to flow:

If you have an ADT security system (and maybe others) you can also talk to your installer about adding a water sensor that will be monitored too, which is great if you have a vacation property that is often vacant.

u/ishman2000 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Here you go:

Main 1/2hp Pump
I initially had a Zoeller main pump which lasted for about 8 years until the "built-in" float switch died. I could have bought a new switch for it but the pump itself was old and I didn't want to risk it. I read reviews for the new Zoellers, Rigids, and Waynes and decided on the Wayne pump.

Backup Unit
I originally had a Watchdog unit which was 7 yrs old... I went with the Wayne backup based off of Amazon reviews when compared to others. The system includes a great backup pump compared to the crappy Watchdog unit.

Sorry, the battery was $139 shipped (not $100 as I mentioned). It's a sealed battery as well = no maintenance.

High Water Alarm I bought this inexpensive water sensor which comes with a ~6ft wire sensor

Check Valve: I also stayed away from the metal check valves because my old Zoeller check valve literally rusted apart from what I guess was from the humidity (my sump pump is located in a narrow closet). I went with a fully plastic/rubber one that my house flipping friend got from a plumbing supply store. I have the battery unit outside the closet because of this humidity build up.

Which dedicated float switch are you using? One with a "rod"? Do you plan on using zip ties to hold the switch in the up/on position on your new pump?

Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck.

u/mirx · 2 pointsr/halifax

The radon detector that they loan out is currently on sale at Amazon for $150, it's listed as $100 off.

u/blademaster11 · 2 pointsr/Edmonton

This radon detector, Corentium home by Airthings Radon Gas Detector, is suppose to be the best consumer grade detector device sold on Amazon. They occasionally go on sale. I've bought it for $180 a month ago. Check it out if you don't want to wait for the screening kit.

u/robbob2112b · 2 pointsr/tevotornado

Zwave is a non-internet connected protocol... wireless in the free spectrum... the base station is connected to the internet and controllable from my phone/tablet, but the individual sensors are not.


I started with looking at a method to detect leaks on the washing machine/water heater and cut the main plumbing line if either happened... my water heater is 19 years old so it is time to either worry the bottom will fall out or replace it ... average life on them is only about 15 years... Mine shows no signs of leaks....


Once I had printers and wanted a way to cut off the power the plug and detector were pretty cheap to add to my existing system.... Once all is hooked up in the phone/tablet app you can program if/then type actions... i.e. if any leak detector sees moisture then cut off water and text me..... if smoke detector triggers turn off outlets and text me... if any sensor reports low battery email an alert....

The smoke detector is mounted on the ceiling directly above the printers... would be better inside the enclosure but then I would need 2 verse 1 ... and any smoke escaping from the enclosures should still trigger it...

I picked Zwave over the other products of the type because it is low energy and it is not a chatty protocol... i.e.. there isn't a constant stream of heartbeats going... the base station poles all sensors every couple of days for battery status and that is about it... So the sensor batteries last a couple of years... and once charged the capacitor on the sensor will alert even if the battery is dead in that 2 day period...


SO, I ordered these products --


Base station - required -


Valve adapter - cuts off house water -


Leak detector - one per location to monitor -


Electrical outlet - acts as repeater and can be controlled remote


Smoke detector - zwave compatible - actually got it from the local Home Depot because all the ones on Amazon were refurbished verse new..

u/Emmo213 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I have this Aeon one in my sump pump and I've been pleased so far.

u/xlxoxo · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I got myself this electronic device. Reviews appear good.

u/ElderScrolls · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I'm cheap, I ended up buying the Corentium detector:

My logic was that radon tests are not most helpful as a one-time thing. You probably want to run at least one short term test, then possibly a long term test. You'll want testing during and after your radon system is installed (especially if you DIY, which I did). Don't forget that you also likely want to test in different locations as well. Depending on your layout, there may not be an obvious best/lowest location. I had a friend who tested low in his crawlspace, but over the partial slab had an 18.

Long term, rather than spending $20-$30 per test (which adds up fast and discourages testing) I can test literally as many times as I want, for as long as I want, in as many places as I want.

And now I have it in a hallway, where I can check on it with a glance when I walk by and could spot any issues.

u/00Dan · 1 pointr/techsupport

Not an answer to your question but have you considered something like the following? (just one example, I have no personal experience with that specific one. The one I use at work is by monnit )

u/rushandapush150 · 1 pointr/DIY

We have a WiFi leak detector that works well. It has an alarm and also sends us a notification if it gets wet. This is the one we have: Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak & Freeze Detector
You can find others if you search for “water alarm” or “leak detector.” We’d have one of these in every room if they were a bit more affordablez

u/ballhardergetmoney · 1 pointr/talesfromtechsupport

Might i suggest this

u/ImaginaryCheetah · 1 pointr/Plumbing


driveways in front? sloping towards the building or away?

trying to figure out where all your extra water may be coming from.

6' isn't the worst if you end up figuring out you need to do some excavation to seal the outside of the basement wall. hopefully it won't come to that. it could be that a storm drain got all clogged and you had a freakish amount of extra water that couldn't drain.

you can get a water bug to alert you if it happens again.

haaaa, here's one that looks like a bug

u/iambic_court · 1 pointr/homeowners

We haven't. That said, I have been looking into Honeywell’s leak detector. Not that we could ever rush home if we were travelling long distance, but we could ask a family member to stop by if a leak is detected.

Downside is wondering how many of these would make it worth it?

u/Noywtk · 1 pointr/raisedbynarcissists

This one is 5$

This is a different kind but will sound an alarm if she tries to just shove the door open, also super cheap.

u/dboak · 1 pointr/sysadmin

I already use a weathergoose in my server room, so this would plug right in:

At home I have some leakfrogs set up under sinks and by my furnace. They aren't network enabled, but they do make a lot of noise when they get wet.

u/NYScott · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I have a few of these (, and one of them alerted me last year to a leaking water heater. If I didn't have it there, the leak would have continued for quite a while before I noticed.

u/mrjinglesturd · 1 pointr/preppers

Thank You, I too have the basement watchdog AC pump but I have two deep cell batteries in parallel. It got worked pretty hard this past spring when Ohio got constant rain. It handled the job when the primary pump failed, fortunately I had a backup pump ready. So now I have another backup pump plus backup check valves and tools in the sump crock closet ready to rock when it fails again. I also have this Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak & Freeze detector.

I was skeptical of it at first but now Im pretty impressed. The pump is a big concern when it rains and I worry if all my other home prepping would be a waste if I can’t keep my basement dry.

u/Mr_Quiscalus · 1 pointr/Austin

Haha, I love this idea. I'm going to have to go look for these things now. Any idea what they're called?

edit: found one!

u/chabz5000 · 1 pointr/smarthome

i have waterbug alarms as part of a smartthings setup. they also monitor temp and humidity. basement near water tank, under sinks, etc.

check status & get alerts from smartthings & community apps. combine with a siren for audible alerts at home (in addition to any push notifications, or any other notification type you configure).

can't say it's objectively the best -- ymmv with smartthings, but i've had a great experience.

u/random_account_538 · 1 pointr/MLPLounge

My place is pretty close to a flood plain, so there are sump pumps in the house. What I've done is picked up some water leak detectors. The ones I have are actually "Leak Frogs" but for some reason those are stupidly expensive now. They work great. Put them under sinks, by the sump pumps, next to the water softener/heater etc. The only problem I've had with them is that sometimes in the summer if it's humid the water softener will sweat and get the floor around it wet which can set off the water alarm.

u/kinarism · 1 pointr/DIY

If you know where the water would leak to and that area is normally dry, you could use a product like leakfrog

This amazon link is for reference only. They SHOULD be much cheaper (or a similar product anyway). used to sell them in a 2pk for $5 during wootoffs years ago. perhaps their popularity has resulted in demand >>> supply.

curious a rainwater collection system on that scale common where you live? do you have a writeup somewhere about your setup? Would love to read it.

u/NF-account · 1 pointr/homegym

Would something like this be okay?

u/ERWallace15 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

It might be a monitor for water leaks. A couple companies sell basement flood warning devices, but Ive never seen one like this. Most of them look like little frogs...

u/mikewdome · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Here's how it appears with Wink, fyi. Also, grab one of our Leak Sensors to go with it!

EDIT: also, there's a special at for $30 off the shut-off plus leak sensor!! Check that out here.

u/kaidomac · 1 pointr/productivity

Two thoughts on this:

  1. GTD is worth implementing; it's hard to setup, but easy to run
  2. Use plugins for GTD

    I love GTD because it helps me stay on top of 100% of everything. However, for people like you & me, who are what I call "naturally disorganized" (haha), we need some extra help, which is where the concept of plugins (note: that's not GTD "canon") comes in. Everyone has a core set of may be 20 or 30 things they have to deal with in their life...finances, food, house cleaning, car maintenance, personal hygiene, laundry, etc. Most people get by & can just push through the annoyances, but for those of us who struggle with organization, it's an extra challenge that requires a different management approach that what we do by default (simply because we're not getting the results we want by doing what we're currently doing).

    The example I always reference is laundry. Have you ever struggled with the following?

  • Having laundry on the floor
  • Having piles of laundry
  • "Laundry days" where you spend all days doing laundry
  • Running out of laundry supplies when you need them
  • Forgetting to switch the laundry in the washer to the dryer (and then having stinky clothes & having to re-run them)
  • Forgetting to take the laundry out of the dryer (and then getting wrinkled clothes)
  • Having to wear the same clothes again because you don't have any clean laundry available
  • Having a limited selection of clothing because you need to go shopping for more, but haven't

    GTD is great for capturing tasks, defining next-action steps that you can take, and managing reminders of those tasks so that they actually get done & not forgotten about. However, then you end up with a very reactive system instead of a proactive system when it comes to the recurring parts of your life, like doing the laundry or managing your finances, which for me, made me feel like I had a never-ending list of stuff to do. So let's flip the script & create a system plugin for laundry! If we think about what is required to manage laundry to the point where we've got it defined from A to Z & can stop thinking about it, there are a handful of things required for us to manage.

    System overview:

  1. System setup
  2. System maintenance
  3. Laundry supplies
  4. Laundry cleaning schedule
  5. Wardrobe management

    1 - System setup:


  6. We need a washer & dryer to clean the laundry, plus we need cleaning supplies
  7. We need hangers & a chest of drawers to store clean laundry in
  8. We need baskets to store dirty laundry in & move the laundry around


  9. Purchase & install a rack (or select an existing location) to store cleaning supplies
  10. Purchase & install washing machine
  11. Print washing machine operational checklist & tape above washing machine (i.e. clean out clothing pockets, what settings to use on the machine, add in a gel packet, add fabric softener, and set your smartphone alarm for 60 minutes, or however long your machine takes to run, to remind you to swap the laundry)
  12. Purchase & install standalone water leak detector (optional, integrate with a smarthome system for alerts; the water line to my washing machine leaked once & flooded my basement, it was awful!)
  13. Purchase & install drying machine
  14. Print drying machine operational checklist & tape above washing machine (i.e. clean out lint trap before use, add in a dryer sheet, set timer alarm on phone to remind you to take the clothes out, and check to see if trash needs to be taken out)
  15. Purchase two extra lint traps for drying machine (the dryer won't last forever, but the lint traps break from time to time & then you have to hunt them down, so having a couple spares should last you for the life of the machine, or at least give you some buffer time to order more spares) & store with laundry supplies
  16. Purchase & install hangers for your closet (for hanging clean clothes)
  17. Purchase & install chest of drawers (for storing folded clean clothes)
  18. Purchase & install the appropriate number of laundry hampers (I have one for white clothes, dark clothes, and towels/hand towels/rags/misc.)
  19. Purchase & install a plastic laundry basket (for shuttling dirty laundry to the washing machine & taking clean laundry from the dryer to the folder & hanging area - I keep this in front of the dryer & then grab it to put the dirty laundry from my hamper into & then take that to the washing machine)
  20. Purchase & install plastic bin under bed (or in closet in bedroom) for spare set of bedding (so you can change your bedding weekly, instantly make your bed again, and rotate through a second set)
  21. Select a place to fold & hang your laundry (your bed, or a table in the laundry room, or on the couch while watching TV, whatever)
  22. Purchase & install trash can (for lint, for things found in pockets before putting clothes in washing machine, for empty laundry cleaning containers, etc.)

    2 - System maintenance:


  23. We need to clean & maintain the machines on a regular basis


  24. Calendar entry: Clean washing machine monthly (inside & outside, using Chlorox wipes)
  25. Calendar entry: Clean drying machine monthly (outside wipe-down, using Chrolox wipes)
  26. Calendar entry: Clean dryer vent twice a year
  27. Calendar entry; Recurring reminder every 6 months to refill
  28. Calendar entry: Recurring reminder once a year to re-order a box of trash bags
  29. Calendar entry: Re-order batteries for water leak detector
  30. Calendar entry: Replace water leak detector battery every 6 months (as preventative maintenance)

    part 1/2
u/myownalias · 1 pointr/homelab

> just get testing done once or twice a year when we test the well water.

Radon is usually highest in winter. I hope you're testing then. Alternatively, get one of these. I'm happy with mine.

u/RichardBLine · 1 pointr/homeautomation

You can also look at this one:

You can use it without the leak detection cable. I have this under my sink. Since it works on batteries, it doesn't measure in real time. You can set it to measure temperature and humidy once a day, twice a day, or 3 times a day. I have mine set for twice a day, and the battery has lasted for over a year.

The documentation says the batteries will last 3 years with a daily check, 2 years with a checking twice a day, and 1 year checking 3 times a day.

u/II------II · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

I also learned the hard way with leaking water, but thankfully I was home when it started. I also purchased a couple of these water detectors

Essentially like fire alarms, but for water. Cheap protection. Put one under each sink, AC Unit, Laundry Room, water heater, etc..

u/WHRMFR · 1 pointr/mac

There are basically 4 different sensor categories for my application.


1. USB logger

This plugs directly into the USB port on the Mac. They range wildly in price, sometimes costing close to $1k (which is way out of my budget).

Examples: TEMPerHUM, Omega, Lascar, Extech, TemperatureAlert, and more here

The problem is that, for whatever reason, these USB loggers are only compatible with Windows. The five above examples are Windows only.

The only logger that I have found that is Mac compatible is the Minnow. However, I spoke with the manufacturer and realized that it is not designed to be a real-time USB logger; the unit will quickly overheat. The workaround is to incorporate a USB relay switch to manually connect/disconnect the Minnow periodically from the Mac.


2. Bluetooth

Examples: Blustream, SensorPush, D'Addario Humiditrak, Eve Degree, and more here

The problem is that all of these products have an iOS app, but no macOS app.

But If I purchased the SensorPush sensor along with the $100 SensorPush WiFi Gateway, I can access the data over the internet.

But there are cheaper WiFi options, like the ConnectSense (won't be shipping until early 2019), Proteus, and La Crosse. But, I am hesitant to fully depend on an internet connection to get the data (i.e., if the internet goes down, then I would lose access to the data, which is not ideal).


3. RF

AcuRite sells a $13 Wireless Temperature and Humidity Sensor (model # 06002M) that transmits every 16 seconds using a 433 MHz wireless signal with a maximum range of 330'. This sensor is inexpensive because it is designed to be used with AcuRite Access and the AcuRite weather station products, which I do not want or need. It's all proprietary.

However, some people have reverse-engineered the radio signal to decode the data stream from this sensor if you have a USB RF receiver.


u/johnbglover · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Similar to the last post, I have used one of these and it had served me well.

La Crosse Alerts Mobile 926-25101-GP Wireless Monitor System Set with Dry Probe

u/0110010001100010 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Not from Monoprice, but these guys are pretty solid:

u/Sgt-JimmyRustles · 1 pointr/homeautomation

My setup isn't exactly that advanced really. Echo integration with Nest works, but not as well as Google Home which is smarter, but that's because Nest is owned by Google. But I can change the temperature and find out what the temperature is set to from the Echo Dot, so that's all I need.

As far as leak sensors and contact sensors, there are some that you can set with the SmartThings hub.

There are a few others in the works with smartthings link.

u/sassycouple · 1 pointr/homedefense

Is this just while you sleep with your reefer at a lot? Or parked at home with access to internet?

This might work

A mobile wifi hotspot would enable it anywhere.

u/999999potato · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I was looking for some of these a while ago after my basement flooded.

I ended up going with the D-Link DCH-S160 because I have a wifi thermostat that warns me if it gets too cold, and thus didn't need the "freeze" detection offered by other options:
Downsides to the D-Link:
--Requires a power outlet, so if the power goes out you'll never know you've got water issues.
--Kind of short detection cord, but you can buy telephone extension cables so you can run it wherever you want, and you can buy longer Honeywell detection cables.

My alternative consideration:
Honeywell's Lyric Water Leak & Freeze Detector:
I didn't choose this because it was a bit more expensive and I didn't need the freeze detection.
--Battery operated

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my d-link sensors and it should let me know before I have a problem again. I regularly check in on the sensors on their app to make sure they're online.
One positive to the D-Link is you can connect it to IFTTT. I made a IFTTT recipe/applet to call me if water is detected, and to sound the home alarm system.

u/JrClocker · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Smart Thermostat: I use the Honeywell Z-Wave thermostat (as my smart home is "mostly" Z-Wave). I considered Ecobee (I hate Nest), but went with this as I don't really need a "learning" this temperature when I am home, do that one when I am not home.

Sprinkler control: Rachio (Amazon Link) - best sprinkler controller I have ever had...depending on where you live, you might even get a rebate on your water due to the water savings this has.

Smart Door Lock: Kwikset (Amazon Link) - again Z-Wave as I use Z-Wave. A cool thing about this lock is that you can re-key it yourself.

Temperature Sensor: SmartThings Motion Sensor (Amazon Link) - it reports temperature, and it's ZigBee

Leak Sensor: Samsung SmartThings Leak Sensor (Amazon Link) - it's ZigBee, but I have built out a smaller ZigBee network too.

Garage Door Opener: GoControl (Amazon Link) - again Z-Wave.


Multi-Purpose Sensor: SmartThings (Amazon Link) - Open/Close, Temperature, Vibration: I have one of these on each my closet doors (when I open the door, the closet light turns on...when I close the door the light turns off). I also have one on my Gun Safe (so I get notified if my gun safe door is open...also get vibration notifications if it's being tampered with)

The temperature/motion sensor is a nice combination. For example, I have one of these outside on my lanai. When it detects motion, it turns the fans on...but only if the temperature is over 74 F). I have a few of these inside that turn on small table lamps at night when motion is detected (versus large/bright lights) because the night is dark, and full of terrors.


Don't know if you have a pool, but I use iAqualink as my pool controller. It has it's own app, and now integrates with Alexa (doesn't integrate with SmartThings yet). But it's nice being able to turn on the spa and spa heater while out for dinner, and having it be up to temperature by the time you get home.


Oh - and check out Sonos for whole house audio. I SOOOOOOOOO love my Sonos speakers.

u/blueraz1 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

This is what I use:

La Crosse Alerts Mobile 926-25101-GP Wireless Monitor System Set with Dry Probe

$30 bucks. Has high temp/humidity alerts and data logging

u/just_looking_around · 1 pointr/arduino

Very legal. My parents actually one because their mailbox is across the street.

u/bootes64 · 1 pointr/homeassistant

I have the Aeotec Water sensor

Apparently it doesn't send binary reports as a default, which is what HA needs to see changes. So i had to add it using Open Zeave Control Pannel, then while it was in the adding stage, I had to very quickly change the "report type to send" from 255 to 17. This allowed HA to see the changes immediately. Its a quirk of zwave battery devices. They only send updates every so often, and each company sets that differently. The awake time on these (when they communicate) is something like 20 seconds. So any configuration changes have to be sent and received within that time period.

This new device Im trying to resolve Does have a binary sensor, but HA is not seeing the state change in it. So Im not sure what Im missing.

u/lorimar · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Something like this maybe?

u/Nerdenstein · 1 pointr/Guitar

Good news is you have an excuse to buy a new/better guitar and amp.

Also, buy one of these:

u/camaro2ss · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Have 8 of these with ST v1 and they work perfectly:

u/ChillyWily · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Same here, but I was surprised to find the prices were just about the same, even cheaper. They must be fixed. Plus they price match if you have prime. I found the water sensor I wanted $10 cheaper at Lowes:

$29.99 Lowes

$39.95 Amazon

u/HowInTheHell · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I have 4 of these on the flats of 4 walls, and one about 1/4 of the way into my sump pit, would will alert if the pump is not keeping up.

Also, stupid note, when we bought our house it didn't have a sump pit, or pump. It flooded 3 times, finally decided to break a hole and put one in, hasn't flooded since. (Actually, the new sump pit has been bone dry since I put it in).

u/Flabbergasted122 · 1 pointr/kansascity

We got these babies for cheap thanks to woot.

u/brandn487 · 1 pointr/nfl

Buy this:

And maybe next time you will get there in time to just clean up 1 gallon instead of 20. Super cheap and could potentially save you tons of money and headache.

u/1piperpiping · 1 pointr/TalesFromRetail

There are RF detectors you can buy that tell you if there are cameras or anything.

That one's $12. I know the Radio Shack near my house sells these so it's entirely possible that this store did or that she had seen one in an actual local store.

u/unfletch · 1 pointr/homeautomation

It looks like the sale prices are in effect on Amazon, too. Here's that leak detector:

u/ThisOldHonda · 1 pointr/googlehome
u/TheBlackGuru · 1 pointr/SmartThings

Not smartthings integrated but i got one of these and it works great.

Automatic Laundry Water Leak...

I'm sure you could work some clever way to make it talk to smartthings (open close sensor triggered by the buzzer) but it works pretty well as is. Came home and found it in alarm, water shut off and a very small puddle directly under the machine, never even made it to the walls.

u/moguy18 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I used this for my mailbox which is approximately 400 ft away. I opened the transmitter part and extended the antenna with a 3ft piece of wire poked through a hole in the bottom of my metal mailbox. Works like a charm!
Mail Reminder Notification Alert...

u/fireduck · 1 pointr/pics

If you had these, you would have caught it a lot sooner and had a smaller disaster.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/microgrowery


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u/Flying_Spaghetti_ · 1 pointr/gpumining

Get something like this:

You can probably do a lot with the alerts it can send out.

If I was you I would use VNC viewer to remote into all of my machines to shut them down if that is needed. You can also get power bricks that you can remotely access. Since you spent the money on 100GPUs you should probably set something like this up anyway.

u/HuffTheWeevil · 1 pointr/winkhub

The Aeotec one works with Wink. Tested myself and works great.

u/ManOfLaBook · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I use the Smartthings water sensor (link ), alerts come straight to my phone.

u/tarloch · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I use this one:

You attach the end of the cable above the water line you would normally accept before the pump kicks in. When it gets wet it sends an event to the hub and you can send a notification.

u/I_am_jacks_reddit · 1 pointr/LetsNotMeet

You really should go buy this
If you don't know how he knew you had a plumed comming you need to find out how he knew it's pretty dam important. Sweep for bugs all over your house not just the phones. Check all computers for key loggers and then check your phones. He found out some how.

u/deja-roo · 1 pointr/homeowners

I used these after I had a washer feed line hose leak and come through my kitchen ceiling. Wrap a little tissue around it and it'll cause the tissue to soak up moisture and put it in contact with the sensor. It'll alert to practically any liquid moisture.

u/andrewtheandrew · 1 pointr/winkhub

I use this with Wink. It shows up as a "Leak Sensor" and has saved my ass once so far. Well, saved me from major damage. There was a leak but I got the phone alert and managed to stop it within a minute rather than it going for hours or days. Water heater blew, it was a big deal. It is still on the original battery after two years. You can test it just by setting it on your hand - if the metal prongs on the bottom detect any conductivity it goes off. Beeps loud and your wink notifications will go off on your phone.

Sorry if this doesn't help.

u/hockeyfun1 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement
u/CatLadyEngineer · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

Maybe something like this but put it on something the height of the level you want to detect?

u/Hungry-Puma · 0 pointsr/Psychic

It's like $20 on Amazon I bet. It's for a room. I think it's called a room test.

This one i think you send to a lab, but there are ones you don't have to.

u/1001001010000 · 0 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I would have the apartment tested for toxic mold. You can call a pro or do it yourself with an ERMI test. I found one on amazon that has 4.5 stars out of 420 reviews. Someone recommended this test over others because it uses dust and surface samples opposed to air samples which can give false negatives. Cost is 45 bucks which is probably the most cost efficient way to go.

Here’s a link to buy the kit -

Here’s some random literature about toxic mold in general -

Good luck.