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 product125 of 133reviews
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
I had three of these already and just bought five more. After having two water heaters go bad I thought I was covered with three alarms installed around it. But this time a supply pipe sprung a leak and flooded the finished basement before I noticed. Now I'm installing an alarm anywhere there's a water pipe. I think these should be mandatory for every home. For $12 you can save thousands in losses.
By the way, my insurance company says I'm not covered for the damages to my personal belongings. If I had the water alarms installed I could have prevented any loss. Live and learn!
Bought 4 units for this old house. Put one under the kitchen sink as we had a leak before and I wanted to keep the area under watch. At 1:00 am, the connection failed on the water line and through the alarm, we woke up to the sound and quickly shut off the water. About 100 gallons of water made it to the basement but it could have been so much worse if the water was allowed to run for more than the few minutes it did run. Thank you so much! Easy to set up.
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions, cost is great
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 put these guy's everywhere, under the sink under the Dishwasher by the washing machine and by the furnace. I even sell the to my customers to put by the refrigerator if they have an ice maker. If there is water present you will be notified by a very loud alarm and you will go running to check it out!
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.
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 read all the one- and two-star reviews, and the most common complaint was that the alarm could not be heard on a different level of a structure. I now wanted mine on the main floor and the sensor is for the basement. I spliced in 24 ga. wire left over from telephone installation and used crimp connectors and heat shrink tubing, and the shortest length possible. I'm glad I noticed that 24 ga. wire was recommended in the online description to extend the sensor, as the package says nothing about extending the wire, and instructions do not give the gauge. Would otherwise require a return trip for wire.
If the unit is hanging by a nail or screw, you must move it to open the battery cover as it slides only to the rear. Use gentleness when installing the 9 V battery (not included) as it fits tight and you will have to pull (gently) on the wires to get it back out.
The one thing that I do not know is whether a unit will be ruined if it becomes completely submerged, and would stop sounding forever. I understand that the unit probably could not be made waterproof and still be able to hear the alarm speaker. It's supposed to "sound for three days" (battery life permitting), probably after being activated, but mine does not. After submerging the sensor in water, the alarm sounds until removed, then stops sounding immediately. The package info and instructions should be more complete.
Otherwise, thoroughly pleased. Positioned sensor next to sewer drain because recent storm caused water backup (yuck!). Wire is taped to cold air return and goes through floor using same hole as ice maker line. Unit sits on back of fridge top. Hope I never need it!
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
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.
I bought one 10 years ago (I wrote the date on the battery) at Home Depot. Recently one evening while watching TV in the living room, I thought I heard a noise like a smoke detector coming from the basement. My wife who had been down there 30 minutes earlier told me I was hearing things. I opened the basement door and heard the noise. Walking down the steps in my stocking feet as soon as I stepped off the last step, I stepped into warm water on the carpet. I knew immediately what had happend and immediately turned off the main water valve. This $10 alarm saved me thousands! I'm going out tomorrow to buy a couple more!
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
It's 5:00 AM. I hear the scream of an alarm. What is it? Fire? Gas? Break-in? Nope.... it's my water alarm I installed 2 years ago. All I did was install a lithium battery (for long life) and place it near the water heater. It is SO easy. If I didn't have this, I would have flooded the basement. I have since purchased another 7 units to place under my sinks, toilets, and refrigerator. It was loud enough to wake me up from 2 floors away, behind 3 separate closed doors, and with a fan running in my bedroom. My wife said I was silly to get this when I purchased it years ago. Needless to say... I now get to say "told ya so".
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.
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