What is an automatic water shutoff valve?
A lot of appliances and fixtures at home are connected to a water supply. You have your shower, taps, toilet, washing machine, ice machines, dishwashers, sprinkler systems, and drinking fountains. The fact that they’re connected to a water supply means they could spout leaks sometime in the future. In the event a leak is detected or if the appliance is broken, you need to cut it off directly from the water supply.
But what if you’re not home when a leak occurs? This is where the automatic water shutoff valve comes in.
This valve uses a water sensor and is used to detect leaks or water seepage. The sensor is connected to a water valve that controls the water flow. Once a leak is detected, the sensor automatically closes the water valve and stops the flow of water into the said appliance. This is done through an electrical signal sent from the sensing pad to the control unit that activates the valve. Think of it as your own leak watchdog, except it doesn’t bark and it doesn’t require any feeding.
Installing the automatic water shutoff valve is quite easy. All you need to do is unscrew the water hose and reattach the valve and stick the pad on the floor where the leak is more likely to happen. Tighten it with pliers and you’re good to go.
Prior to the installation, you need to manually shut off the main water supply then turn it back on once you’re done.