Use the Basement Watchdog Battery-Operated Water Alarm to detect leaks before costly water damage occurs. This alarm can detect as little as 1/32 in. of water and produces a loud 110 dB alarm that can be heard throughout the house to provide an effective early warning system. The water alarm can be placed directly on floors or mounted for installation in a variety of locations: in a sump pit, near water heaters, refrigerators or dishwashers, next to washing machines, under sinks, close to air conditioner drain tubes or wherever there is a risk of water damage. The sensor with 6 ft. of wire offers installation versatility and can accommodate the addition of more than 100 ft. of wire. The water alarm operates using a single 9V alkaline battery and has a battery-saver feature that only uses energy when the alarm is sounding.
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94%of customersrecommend this product121 of 129reviews
I wish I knew about this product earlier. The drain on our air conditioner clogged and flooded our hallway and dining room ruining the wood floors. I thought then that I wished there was some type of device that would warn of a water leak. Then one day I happened across this product while looking for something else in the plumbing isle at Home Depot. I bought it and tested it out at home and it works great. It has a loud, high pitched alarm that sounds when water comes into contact with the two metal spots on the bottom. I set it on the floor behind the A/C filter (CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW). I plan on getting another to put near the water heater. It was only $10 and could potentially save me thousands of dollars in water damage. Highly recommended!!
After having the horror of a floor drain backing up in the basement, I wasn't about to take another chance in not knowing when water was coming up onto the floor.
I bought this water alarm after seeing that I could install the sensor wherever I wanted and have the alarm itself high and dry, closer to where we'd hear it easily. It can detect water as shallow as 1/32nd of an inch deep. Giving you plenty of time to take action before it's a full on flood.
It requires a 9V battery (not included) to operate. The manual says it can last up to five years on one battery, since it only turns on when the sensor gets wet.
You can place the alarm right on the floor, or you can detach the sensor and place the alarm up to six feet away with the included wire. You may extend the wire up to 100 feet if you need to.
This alarm would also work great to detect leaks from things like spring thaw through the foundation, sump pump failure, hot tub leaks or even an aquarium leak.
Given that it has a five year warranty and it's so inexpensive, there is no reason not to have at least one of these in your home. It's far less expensive than an insurance claim or paying to repair and clean up water damage.
We've had a couple minor water related problems over the years, mainly caused by poor reliability of available sump pumps and their switches. So after the most recent episode, I replaced the sump pump with most durable I could find and built my own switch to control it. For extra piece of mind, I purchased 2 Basement Watchdog Battery Operated Water Alarms. I like the removable sensor feature that allows the homeowner to mount the alarm on the wall and put the sensor 6 feet away on the floor. You can also splice in extra wire if needed. I spliced in a second sensor, made from 2 stainless steel screws and nuts, that hangs down into the sump on a couple small pieces of PVC pipe about an inch above the waterline where the switch turns the pump on. If the pump fails for any reason and the water ever reaches the screws, the alarm will sound. The actual splice is 2 more stainless screws and nuts, mounted on a piece of plastic that I set on the floor beside the sump. That forms a 3rd sensor for “free”. The second Watchdog Alarm unit that I bought I just put a battery in, wrote the date on the side, and set it on the floor near the water heater, just in case. While I was home last weekend, our electricity went off. I knew it was just a matter of time before the sump would fill without the pump running. Sure enough, within 5 minutes the alarm sounded just as advertised. These units are extremely easy to set up, just put a battery in, and put it sensor side down on the floor. I recommend writing the date on the side to remind you to change the battery after a year or two. Or you can extend the sensor with or without DIY modifications to fit your application. They are very sensitive, just touch the sensors to give yourself piece of mind that they are working. For the price, anyone with indoor plumbing should have a couple to alert you to water where it's not supposed to be.
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions
Buy a WATCHDOG water alarm and a 9 volt battery and have peace of mind ! Put in the battery (not included) and set it on the floor. This was originally purchased to keep watch over the water heater in the basement. It has gone off twice with the overflow of the utility sink. Very LOUD piercing sound. It has awoken us during the night when my son put in a late wash load before going to bed. The utility sink overflowed and set off the alarm. Simply pick it up and the alarm stops sounding. When the floor is dry, just set the WATCHDOG back down on the floor and it is back on duty ! I am going to purchase another to dedicate just tot the utility sink ( hopefully, we won't need it) A valuable purchase or gift for any homeowner !
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions, No Leaks
I'm giving it a rather low rating because when I tested it, it needed quite a bit of water to set it off. I've installed it and really hope it doesn't need to be soaked to work. My hope was that it would alert me before it is submerged. It is easy to put together.
We have an external walkout stairway with a drain at the bottom landing that leads to the basement. Recent extremely heavy rains have clogged this drain and lead to water coming in under the door. We've cleaned the drain and taken other steps to make sure that water doesn't get into the house, but... we're nervous because my craft room is in the basement, and I make hand made greeting cards. Paper doesn't like to get damp, much less wet. So, this alarm sits on the floor next to the door. On the off-hand chance that our other methods fail us and water gets past the door, we'll be alerted and can start mopping before too much damage is done. We tested the alarm - it's very loud. If we were fast asleep on the third level of our townhouse, we'd probably still hear it without problems. I would definitely recommend for use around water heaters, washers, etc. Fine product.
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions
Good alarm and good design, but the alarm sounding could be much louder. Also, I wanted to place this under the dishwasher and thru a cabinet, but did not want to drill a hole in the cabinet as large as the contacts, but could not easily disconnect the contacts had to cut and re-wire. Would have been really nice if the extender cables plugged in to the sound board instead of being soldered and covered in silicon glue.
I guess I did not look at the description closely. It has a nice option for sitting on the floor or extending the water sensor with a five foot wire. The devise does not have an on/off switch or a battery test switch / strength indicator. When it detects water you have to lift & dry the sensor or remove the battery. The instructions says you can leave the 9v battery until it's expiration date. Without a battery test / strength indicator, I would recommend replacing the battery every year.
Pros: Easy to Install
Cons: no alarm shut off switch., no battery strength test
The water alarms are cheap and super easy to set up, and the option for the remote sensor is great, I put a sensor under the dishwasher and the alarm box under the sink where I can change batteries. I now have 6 water alarms in my household and plan on buying 3 more. Cheap investment to protect hardwood floors from sneaky water leaks, it is not if they happen it is when, now I will know the when.
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions, remote sensor feature
Works well and easy to test with a little water or your hand. Since I was going to splice in some wire into the existing wire for a long run anyway, I wondered if I could add a "sensor". So I spliced in two more wires - 3 and 12 foot bell wire, wired in parallel - and then took two small pieces of wood and put screws in the blocks (spaced like the two contacts on the original sensor) and used them to secure the other ends of the wires. And it works ... if water hits either the original sensor or my two make shift ones the single base unit alarms. And now I've got coverage for an odd shaped space that includes a lift station and water heater for the cost of my time and the parts and pieces I keep in the shop.
I gave it a 5 star rating in anticipation that its gonna do what it claims to do. If so, it will well be worth its cost. Wish i had know about it before my water heater went, maybe i wouldn't have had to spend $750 to clean up the mess. I've since bought two, one for water heater area and one by the washer/dryer.
Well, my plumber was in my home and mentioned that he didn't see a "water alarm" in the basement. (3 weeks ago) He said for ten bucks I would be a fool not to have one. I bought one the next day, it sat around for a week until I put a 9v battery in, and then down to the basement it went. I put it by the sewer back flow opening, and BAM! this morning my wife calls me about the noise in the basement. Sewer backup! is was only wash water, but I don't go down there every day, and I would have had a basement full of poo. a massive cleanup was avoided,and we cleaned up with a paper towel or two. the plumber is there clearing the drain right now.
My parents have these in their house and he convinced me I needed one. Have recently remodeled the laundry area and upgraded to new front load w/d. Thankfully I was home when I heard a high pitched noise coming from laundry area! Water and bubbles were coming out from under the washerThis Watchdog product saved us $$ !!! So THANKFUL this product saved us!! I am DEFINITELY going to set one near my hot water heater!!
Installation is very easy and does the job. My sole complaint is I wish the alarm was a little louder. Mine was in the basement and when alarming, the sound could barely be heard. Not nearly as loud as a smoke detector. All in all a good value for the money.