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WaterCop Motorized Water Shut-Off Valve Installation Locations

by Barbara 8. January 2018 04:54

Question: Where to install the WaterCop Classic Motorized Actuator Lead Free Water Valve, .75 In.?

Answer: Indoors, on the main incoming water line. Install the valve upstream from where the water system branches off to other appliances and downstream from water meters and pressure regulators. Do not install outdoors! Install the WaterCop valve so that the home or business owner can readily access the face of the WaterCop actuator. That way the system can easily be reset if tripped by a moisture sensor. Also the water can be shut off if repairs need to be made to a water heater, etc. The business or home owner should periodcally cycle the valve to open and close to prevent any water deposit build-up. This ensures proper operation. Also make sure the valve does not interfere with water flow to fire suppression and irrigation systems.

WaterCop actuators can respond to an almost unlimited number of moisture sensors. Do remember that a signal repeater may be necessary for sensors located far from the unit. The maximum transmission range is up tp 200 feet,clear line of sight. Actual effective working range is less than that. The WaterCop is a whole house or zoned water shut off full port ball valve with actuator that responds to radio signals from moisture sensors (waterhounds) or freeze alert sensors (FreezeHounds. Water shuts off almost instantly when sensor/s are activated and an alarm sounds at that sensor/s. AC powered or battery powered sensors have 1 or 2 moistures probes. Install sensors under water dispensing refrigerators, dishwashers, etc.

Thanks again for your question. Please contact us if you need more information.

Sincerely,
Barbara

 

Temperature Guard Remote Monitors for Temperature, Humidity & Power Now Need No Land Lines!

by Barbara 5. November 2013 12:25

Q: "I need to know if power fails or the temperature or humidity changes in my home in Connecticut in the winter or in our motor home when we travel in the summer. We winter in Florida and take our animals with us. I live in a safe neighborhood so I am not worried about break-ins. What do you suggest?" Thanks. Calvin

Answer: I suggest you purchase the new CM712 TemperatureGuard Self-Contained Remote Monitor. Microtechnologies introduced the CM712 in late summer 2013. This replaces the VM-500-3 and VM-500-3HT units that required a land line. This is an easily set up unit suitable for computer rooms, homes, motorhomes, boats and more. You may choose to purchase two units, one for your permanent home and one for your on-the-go home. For example, if the 120VAC power in your motor home park fails or your air conditioner stops cooling, you'll know if you are shopping, etc.

The initial cost is about $600. Remember you won't have to pay for a land line. You will need a SIM card, available on a monthly basis from Microtechnologies.com, the manufacturer. Or you can get one from ATT, etc.  Alerts go via the cell network. The three sensors for temperature, power and humidity are built in. If you want you can add a dry contact door sensor. In an RV park, you probably won't need that. The "tweets" are sent right to your cell phone or computer. An internal battery back-up means alerts continue if power fails.

Text Message Alarm Notices Include:

Temperature or humidity goes out of limits

  • A door is opened  (if you have that sensor installed)
  • Water is detected. (if you have that sensor installed)
  • When the alarm condition is corrected.
  • If an alarm condition is not corrected.
  • Power outage
  • Low internal or external battery.

Dual power operation:

120vac with its included wall mount power supply.
12vdc source for use in cars, trucks, campers, boats. Requires 12 Adapter Not Included.

SIM Plan Details:

A SIM card plan is required for the CM712 to connect to the cell network. Two options are: purchase a T-Mobile SIM card through TemperatureGuard.com (Curent cost in 2013 $150 per year or $12.50 per month with an automatic renewal). Or purchase a SIM from AT&T™ or from any GSM cell service provider worldwide. No SIM card is included with the TemperatureGuard unit.

CM712 Features:

  • Quad-band EGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Works on the AT&T™and T-Mobile™ cell networks.
  • Program up to four cell phone numbers to send alarm text messages to.
  • Program an ID text so if you have more than one CM712 you'll know which one is in alarm.
  • Programmable high and low temperature limits for each sensor
  • Programmable alarm time delay for each sensor.
  • Handy reminder feature will send additional text messages if an alarm condition continues.
  • Internal rechargeable battery backup. Approximately 6 hours.
  • Ability to connect external battery for even longer life when power is out
  • Wall mount enclosure.


Specifications:

One internal temperature sensor

Measuring range -4°F to 154°F
Accuracy: +-.4 degrees
Resolution: 1 degree

One internal humidity sensor
Measuring range: 0 to 100% RH
Accuracy: +- 3%
Resolution: 1%

Antenna bulkhead fitting: SMA FemaleCM712

Operating Temperature Range: 32°F to 125°F
Enclosure Dimensions: 5.625" x 3.250" x 1.375"
Plug-in wall transformer included

Facts and Questions:

Q: What is the minimum I need to buy to have a basic monitoring system?
A: One CM712 and a SIM plan.

Q: What type of SIM card does the CM712 use?
A: 1.8V or 3.0V SIM card and complies with the Phase 2 GSM 11.14 standard

Thank you for your question. Please contact us for further information.

Sincerely, Barbara

Safe-T-Alert Manufacturer Rebate on Many 12Volt RV Gas Alarms 1-1-15 thru 10-31-2015

by Barbara 27. March 2013 07:13

Question about the rebate on Safe-T-Alert 12 Volt Gas Alarms.

Q:"Which models does the manufacturer's rebate cover? How do I get the rebate? Thanks, Mike."

Answer: The rebates are either $10 or $20 depending upon the model/models purchased by an end user. Limited to one LP Gas Alarm and/or one Carbon Monoxide Alarm OR one Dual LP / CO alarm per end user. In other words, the rebate is a maximum of $20 per customer.

  • RV Dual Carbon Monoxide/LP Gas Alarm models: 35-741, 35-742, 70-742 and 70-742-Kit (The Kit includes a gas valve. This unit shuts off gas if a leak is detected.) Eligible for a $20 rebate.
  • RV Carbon Monoxide Alarm model 60-541, 60-542, 65-541 or 65-542   Eligible for a $10 rebate.
  • RV LP Gas Alarm model 20-441, 30-441, 30-442, 40-441 or 40-442      Eligible for a $10 rebate

Obtain the rebate form from the Safe Home Products website. We do our best to include a rebate form with every unit we ship directly from Iowa City. Occasionally, we are out of stock and the unit ships directly from the manufacturer as a favor to us and to our customers.

To qualify:

1. Complete rebate form.
2. Enclose the following document(s): completed rebate form, a copy of the receipt or invoice, and the original UPC code from the product packaging.
3. Send all of these items to MTI Industries. The rebate and all documents must be received no later than

Rebates:
This mail-in rebate offer is valid only with purchases between March 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013 by an end user. Rebate must be postmarked by October 31, 2013.

Eligible Participants:
To qualify for this rebate, only the actual purchaser of the qualifying product may participate. End user must keep copies of all
materials sent. Materials received become the property of MTI Industries and will not be returned. No reproductions of UPC codes accepted. Please allow
8-10 weeks for receipt of rebate. MTI Industries is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, illegible, misdirected or postage-due mail. Use of multiple
addresses to obtain multiple rebate requests is fraudulent and could result in federal prosecution under the U.S. Mail Fraud statutes. PO Boxes are not
accepted for this promotion.

Restrictions:
Limit one rebate submission per household. Rebate issued in U.S. Dollars. Valid while supplies last for purchases made in the 50 United States and Canada. Promotion is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Not valid with any other rebate offer. Your right to receive the rebate will automatically terminate if you fail to negotiate your rebate check by the expiration date on it.

Disclaimer:
MTI Industries products may not be returned for refund once the rebate form has been submitted. Failure to submit any of the requested documentation will delay or
prevent the rebate issuance. MTI Industries also reserves the right to interpret the rules of this promotion at its sole discretion and all decisions made by
MTI Industries are final. MTI Industries is not responsible for any liabilities, taxes or expenses incurred by end user as a result of this promotion. Offer void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

Thank you for your question.  Go to SafeHomeProducts.com to see blogs to help you match your CCI controls gas or carbon monoxide alarms to replacement ones by Safe-T-Alert. All Safe-T-Alert units are Made in USA.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Chart Showing Safe-T-Alert Replacement 12V Propane Alarms CCI Controls Alarms

by Barbara 26. April 2012 10:35

Question about replacing CCI Controls Propane Gas Alarms and Propane Alarms with Tank Valve Shut-Offs with Comparable Safe-T-Alert models.

Q: "My CCI propane alarm in my RV has failed. What unit is available as a replacement since CCI Controls is not in business?" Thanks. Ed

Answer: Below is a chart. The entire unit must be replaced if your CCI Controls unit has an automatic gas valve shut off. Safe-T-Alert replacements for that unit will not work with the CCI valve. Note: new standards require that propane alarms shut down 5 years after installed to power. Shelf life is 10 years if not used.

Below is our main replacement chart.

CCI # Propane MTI Replacements MTI Replacements
CC-7719.04 70-742-R Kit with Valve Surface Mount
CC-7719.58 70-742-R Kit with Valve Surface Mount
CC-7719.70 70-742-R Kit with Valve Surface Mount
CC-7773-231 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.081 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.251 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.230 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.231 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.233 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.234 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.241 30-441-P-BR Surface Mount
CC-7773.151 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.244 30-441-P-WH Surface Mount
CC-7770.250 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7770.251 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.253 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.254 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.281 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7770.284 30-442-P-WH or 35-742WH Flush Mount
CC-7771.231 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.081 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.151 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.231 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.251 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount
CC-7773.251 30-442-P-BR or 35-742BR Flush Mount

Note: the 30-442 and 35-442 share the same case size. Both recess into the wall so the unit front is flush with the wall. The 35-742 gives you extra safety as you have a carbon monoxide sensor with alarm in the same unit. Please contact Safe Home at sales@safehomeproducts.com or phone us if you have questions. We also sell Costar 9RV battery powered carbon monoxide alarms and Costar 12RV alarms with 9 volt battery back-up systems. Remember that propane leaks are dangerous and carbon monoxide are as well because they can kill silently.

To find these products on our website, go to www.safehomeproducts.com. Go to the search box. Enter for example Safe-T-Alert of 30-442 in the search and you'll get results fast.

Cut-Out Sizes for Flush Mount Units:

30-442-P-or 35-742:

  • Unit Front Measurements: 6.375"W x 2.875"H x 1"D
  • Unit Back Measurements: 5 3/8" x 1 7/8" (part that recesses into wall.

65-542RV :

  • Unit Front Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.5" x 1 3/8 Deep. Unit back dimensions: 5.5" x 3".
  • Case Dimensions: Cut Out: 5.5" x 3".
  • Select  a  wall  location at  least 4” off the
    floor.  Cut a 5 5/8” (143mm) W x 3 1/8” (79mm) H hole

35-741 Cobination Propane and CO Alarm

  • Front Dimensions: 6.5”W x 2.75”H x 1.5”D
  • Cut Out : 5 3/8" x 1 7/8.

Thank your for your question. Please contact us via sales@safehomeproducts.com if you have more questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

130 Decibel Free-Standing 9 Volt Battery Water Screamer Alarm for Hard or Soft Surfaces

by Barbara 21. December 2011 09:15

Question about the Gizmode Water Screamer Water Alarm

Question: "I need several very loud water alarms. I live in an older house whose plumbing is being updated slowly. We had a leak under the kitchen sink that was so bad we had to remove the bottom of the cabinet and rebuild it. The flooring warped as well. Is this the right alarm for us? Thanks. Tom."

Answer: Yes, I would choose this alarm if you want a portable extremely loud water alarm. The Water Screamer has a tip resistant commercial grade design and is made from ABS plastic. The 4.5 inch diameter by 2.5 inch tall size means it takes up little room. Just put in on the floor or bottom of a cupboard. There are 4 stainless steel sensor pins that reach into carpeting. The 9 volt battery is not included: the battery can last for years because there is no power drawn from it unless there is a leak. There is a one year warranty on the water alarm itself.

Buy the economy pack if you want to protect 6 different areas. The Water Screamer 9Volt Water Alarm, 130 dB Alarm,6/PK is an economical choice compared to purchasing automatic shut off devices for all the water using appliances in your home.

Thank you for your question. Please contact us if you want information about individual water shut off devices with alarms such as the Flood Stop or a whole house unit such as the Water Cop. We can assist you with finding the best choices for your home.

Sincerely,

Barbara

California Law Effective July 1, 2011 for Installation of Carbon Monoxide Alarms in All Single Family Homes

by Barbara 27. June 2011 14:13

Question about approved carbon monoxide alarms for use in California.

Q: "Do you sell carbon monoxide alarms on the "List of California State Fire Marshal Approved Carbon Monoxide Alarms"? The law now requires these be installed in every single family dwelling. How quickly can they be shipped. Thanks. Steve."

Answer: Yes, we do sell several approved carbon monoxide alarms. Unless you are ordering a large quantity of units, we ship within 3 business days using either the postal service or UPS.  The Fire Marshall list expires in July 2012.

Costar Models:

Kidde and Kidde Nighthawk Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

If there are other approved Kidde units you would like pricing on, please let us know. We are able to discount larger quantities of these products. Most come in case of 12 or 24 units. Remember you need to install at least one carbon monoxide alarm on each level of your home and one CO alarm in every bedroom where the door is shut at night. Do remember that if you have gas burning appliances like ranges, stoves and furnaces that you also should add gas alarms for propane or natural gas to protect against explosions and fires.

Thank you for bringing this new law to our attention.

Sincerely, Barbara

Safety Alarms Needed to Protect Home Recently Converted to Natural Gas Heat and Water Heater

by Barbara 31. December 2010 02:34

Question: "We recently converted to natural gas heat and gas hot water boiler. We have two floors above this basement installation. What safety alarm units are required for protection? Nate.

Answer: Thanks for your question for the Ask Barbara Contest, Nate. I am going to answer with the assumption that your home was all electric prior to this conversion. If you heated with propane or oil, some of these recommendations may not apply.

Natural gas homes or businesses need two different types of safety alarms.

Combustible Gas Alarms.

Why do I need a combustible gas detector/gas alarm?

The purpose of a combustible gas alarm is to alert you when you have a raw gas leak. Yes, mercaptan is added to natural gas to make it smell like rotten eggs. But if you are not in the area of the gas appliances and/or you do not have an ability to smell, the odor does you no good. This units must be installed near the gas using appliances. So if your gas furnace and gas water heater are side by side, one natural gas alarm is all you need.

  • No matter how good your nose is, you may not be in the right place at the right time to notice a natural gas or propane leak.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms give NO protection against combustible gas leaks. carbon monoxide sensors detect only carbon monoxide, not raw fuel.
  • Turning off a light, setting a security alarm or closing a door spark a gas explosion or fire. Natural gas leaking from a basement furnace can leak upstairs through hollow walls.
  • Gas can leak into homes via sump pits, inbound water lines or a natural gas well under your home.
  • Each gas appliance is a potential source of a gas leak. Each gas appliance needs its own gas detector
  • We sell two different models with gas specific sensors. These are the Safe-T-Alert Model 40-411-120 and the Safety Siren Pro Gas Alarm; The main differences between the units are how they are installed.

    To properly install the Safe-T-Alert you need an electrical outlet near to the gas appliances. Because this unit has a line cord that is approximately 65 long, mounting ths unit properly is usually less a problem that the direct plug-in Safety Siren. Raw gas detection units must be mounted within 6 inches of the ceiling or on the ceiling at least 12 inches from a wall for natural gas leak protection. Natural gas pools above the appliance: think of an upside down pothole filling with water and you get the picture.

    The Safety Siren requires an electrical outlet near the appliance. Many people choose this option because the Safety Alert unit has a safety tab through which an outlet screw goes. This means the unit cannot be removed from a standard, single screw, double outlet without removing the screw.  These units meet the UL1484 standards for combustible gas alarms.

    Note: UL 1484 listed combustible gas detectors are not detectors for minute gas leaks. Sensors and detectors are tested in a combustible gas environment and meet the UL 1484 standards for alerts of dangerous gas levels. Deliberate exposure to natural gas, butane, propane, etc. can destroy the sensor in this unit. Use the test button to test this unit, not exposure to raw gas.

    Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

    One product of natural gas and all fossil fuels like coal, wood, peat, etc. is carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas. If your furnace and water heater are working properly, carbon monoxide is vented outside. If the vents are not working properly due to obstructions or the furnace heat exchanger cracks, then carbon monoxide is discharged into the air. Unlike combustible gasses, carbon monoxide does not pool but is distributed throughout your air. Carbon monoxide exposure symptoms range from flu-like symptoms to brain damage to death from asphyxiation.

    Recommended at a minimum are carbon monoxide alarms in or outside every bedroom, near the gas appliances and at the top of stairways. The easiest to install are the 9 volt battery units. Believe the alarm even if it sounds intermittently. About 5 years ago, I went to visit my parents in Pennsylvania. They have a washer and gas dryer in their kitchen (since 1952). I noticed that the Costar 9 volt CO alarms were all off their mounts (there were three units total). I was told they were "defective" as they were going off intermittently. I took them home with me and sent them to Quantum Group to be tested. Dave from Quantum phoned and said nothing was wrong with them! Meanwhile, my elderly father did NOT install the plug in Safe-T-Alert unit I had sent them because "I didn't know where to put it." The problem was the vent for the gas dryer was partially clogged with lint!  Since then, local code has changed: their 4 inch diameter gas dryer vent had to be replaced with a 5 inch for the newest dryer to be installed this past year.

    Types of Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

    If you are really concerned about a gas leak, we recommend the Scentry III gas valve shut off systems. Choose from a Scentry III GFRAB LP/Natural Gas Detector Valve Controller with remote sensor capability and a battery back-up option feature or a Scentry III SFGVC Automatic Gas Valve Controller, No Gas Valveunit with a single sensor at the gas valve itself. Scentry units are made in the USA. They do require a special diaphragm type gas valve in 1/2, 3/4 or 1 inch size, a 24 volt power supply and 120VAC or 240VAC power.

    Also install and maintain your smoke alarms which I am sure you already have.

    Thank you for your question and your entry in the Ask Barbara Contest.

    Sincerely, Barbara

    Kidde Fire Sentry Smoke Alarm Does Not Monitor Carbon Monoxide

    by Barbara 3. June 2010 06:45

    Question about the Kidde Fire Sentry Smoke Alarm i9040E

    Q: "The new regulations in our town require carbon monoxide alarms installed in all new houses and rental properties. I am looking to replace my smoke alarms since they are almost 10 years old. Don't smoke alarms go off when carbon monoxide levels are high? Why do I need more alarms?" Thanks. Tom

    Answer: The sensors are different for smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and combustible gas alarms (for propane, lp or natural gas). Until recently, some towns did not require the other two alarms. In fact currently the propane and natural gas alarms remain optional and virtually unknown except when a home or building explodes due to build up of combustible gasses.

    There are several kinds of smoke alarm sensors available: ionization and photoelectric. It is best to have both kinds of alarms in your home.

    Here are some examples of the choices we offer in Kidde Smoke Alarms and BRK alarms:

    • The Kidde Fire Sentry Smoke Alarm i9040E is an ionization sensor alarm that operates via one 9volt battery. There are 120VAC units such as the FireX/Kidde I5000 FADC which has a 10 year warranty and hard-wired to 120VAC. It has a 9V battery backup in case of power failure. It has a front loading battery door and can be used as a single station or multiple station unit, i.e. connects with other units in your home or business. This unit is great if you have a new home and can wire the appropriate connectors.
    • Otherwise a better choice is the Kidde Wireless RF Hardwired Interconnected Smoke Alarm with Battery Back -Up. The new wireless technology uses a radio frequency to both transmit and receive messages about a hazard in the home; when one alarm sounds, all will sound. This also has a ten year warranty. 
    • The Kidde Silhouette is a low profile AC/DC powered, ionization smoke alarm that operates on a 120V power source with a sealed rechargeable battery backup.
    • Photoelectric Smoke Alarm AC / DC Battery Backup - BRK 7010B UL 217 standard.Dust cover * Single button test / silence feature * 9V battery backup * Alarm indication * Photoelectric sensing chamber * Perfect mount keeps alarm secure over a wide rotation range * 10 year limited warranty * Optipath 360 technology.

    Most homes need at least 4 smoke alarms.

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely,

    Barbara

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    Safe-T-Alert STA-35-742, STA-30-441 or STA-30-442 Replace CCI 7770 and 7773 Series RV Propane Alarms

    by Barbara 29. March 2010 07:37

    Question about the Safe-T-Alert RV Propane Gas Alarms, Models 35-742, 30-441, 30-442 and 70-742

    Question: "The CCI propane alarm in my RV needs replaced. I've just learned CCI is no longer in business. What are my options? Thanks, Tony."

    Answer:  CCI closed down in February 2009.

    To determine which unit you need, you need first to answer this question: Do you have a unit that shuts off the propane gas valve if there is a leak or is yours a propane gas alarm without an automatic gas valve shut-off?

    For a unit that has a gas valve shut off, you need a 70-742-R Kit which is available in white, brown or black. This kit includes the solenoid valve. Do not connect the Safe-T-Alert to any other valve or you risk a fire. These units replace the 7719.04 and 7719.7.

    For a recessed or flush mount propane alarm only, the recessed propane gas alarm model 30-442 in brown, white or black fits the CCI LP Gas Alarm Cut Out (7770 series) for Flush Mount Models. These can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

    For a recessed or flush mount propane alarm only, you can add a carbon monoxide alarm and propane gas combination unit, the recessed 35-442 in brown, white or black fits the CCI LP Gas Alarm Cut Out (7770 series) for Flush Mount Models. These can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

    For a surface mount propane alarm only, the 30-441 in brown and white replaces the CCI LP Gas Alarm 7770 surface mount series These can be mounted vertically or horizontally.  You can also get additional protection with a Safe-T-Alert 35-541, now available in black or white . This unit combines a propane gas alarm with a carbon monoxide alarm, all in the same case for economy of space.

    For a combination carbon monoxide and propane gas alarm, choose the 35-542 recessed unit in brown , 35-542 recessed unit in white or the special order 35-542 recessed combination unit in black. The cut out is the same as the CCI 7700 series cut-out and identical to the Classic Series 30-442-P Safety Alert models.

    Note: Some CCI units in Fleetwood or Winnebago RV's have two power leads, i.e. three wires. The Safe-T-Alert 30 and 35 series units have only one power lead. Connect the red power lead to the coach power supply and cap or remove the other power lead. Use butt connectors to replace any unit with spade connections.

    CARBON MONOXIDE & PROPANE ALARM REPLACEMENT NOTICE: Note to Customers:

    All Safe-T-Alert Propane and Carbon Monoxide Alarms that are 5 years old and older are beyond their Mandatory Replacement Time and MUST be replaced.

    Background: Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL®) Carbon Monoxide Standard UL 2034 and Canadian Standards Association (CSA®) CSA 119.2 now require that all Carbon Monoxide alarms be designed to stop service in 3 to 5 years . UL and CSA have determined that Carbon Monoxide alarms have a limited life. Propane alarms use similar sensors and UL will require the same service life in the near future.

    ALL MTI Propane and Carbon Monoxide alarms which are over five (5) years old MUST be replaced. The following Safe-T-Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm Models MUST be replaced: SA-4, SA-5, 50-541 and 50-542. Models 60-541 and 60-542 over five (5) years old MUST be replaced.The following Safe-T-Alert Propane Alarms Models MUST be replaced: SA-7 and SA-8. Models 30-441,30-442, 40-441 and 40-442 that are over five (5) years old MUST be replaced.

    Important! Only install CO and Propane alarms that are UL or CSA listed for Recreational Vehicle Use

    I hope this helps.

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

     

    Choosing Between a WaterCop or a FloodStop for Protection Against Water Damage

    by Barbara 22. July 2009 09:23

    Question: about the WaterCop and the Flood Stop

    Q:"Does Safe Home Products have an opinion as to the comparison between Water Cop and Flood Stop? I've read the product guides and understand the product's features. Which is more reliable or has the best track record for water leak detection, moisture sensors, reliability, etc. ? Thanks, David S"

    Answer: Both units have valves that meet the low lead/no lead standards currently in effect in California and several other states. In 2014, all states will require that valves meet those standards. Your decision needs to be made upon these factors:

    1. What do you want to protect? A single appliance or several appliances? Or the whole house?  WaterCops are Made in the USA. Floodstop units are made in China and come in single water appliance units for water heaters, washing machines, sinks, icemakers, etc. or in a new whole house unit with expansion to 31 Sensor modules.
    2. What do you want to spend? A Floodstop unit currently sells for well under $200 for a single appliance unit and it is easily installed.. Most sizes of the package of a WaterCop Lead Free Valve, Actuator and 3 Moisture Sensors sell  for $600 to $725. A new Floodstop Wireless Whole House System 1.0 In. NPT Motorized Ball Valve includes the FloodStop Controller, 4 Sensor Modules, 4 Wireless Moisture Sensors, 1 wire moisture sensor and 4 AC Adapters and is less expensive than the WaterCop. This has a full port, low lead motorized ball valve and each of the water sensors, if used with AC power, acts as a signal repeater. That helps if the sensor activated is at a distance from the water shut off valve.
    3. Are you hiring a plumber or are you doing the installation yourself? Many do-it-yourself persons can install the WaterCop and the Floodstop units themselves. These come with NPT or threaded connections.
    4. Have you a need to shut off all the water in your home with a single push of a button or remote wall switch? WaterCop offers a remote wall switch option. Remember that if a WaterHound moisture sensor alarm is activated, you will know by two ways, no water anywhere within that zone and a 65 decibel alarm. The whole house Floodstop System can be integrated with an on-line home automation software program so you can turn water on and off remotely if you install the whole house units.

    Operational problems are extremely rare with either device. If you do not activate either devices at least every 30 days, you may have problems with the ball valve turning easily depending upon what kinds of minerals you have in your water. The FloodStop Whole House units automatically activate every 30 days or you can remove the cover on the controller and manually turn it on and off.

    If you have only one appliance to protect and it is, for example, a washing machine, the Floodstop is easily installed without the expense of a plumber. If you want to protect several appliances (as I did), the plumber is well worth the expense as is the additional cost for a WaterCop as the basic system comes with the valve, the actuator and three water/moisture sensors. And you can always add additional sensors to the unit for other appliances. When you add the cost of 3 or 4 individual Floodstops, the costs can easily exceed those of either a WaterCop and extra sensors or a Whole House FloodStop and extra sensors. You can also buy a dual probe moisture sensor for the WaterCop and install it as I had done, under the water dispensing fridge and at the water entry point as well. The FloodStop whole house water system can respond to as many as 31 sensor modules each with dozens of moisture sensor or water sensor devices.

    On the other hand, in apartment buildings or condos where each unit has its own water heater, installing a Floodstop in the 3/4 inch valve size is quite cost effective as several of our plumber customers who specialize in condo and high rise apartment buildings have concluded. And if your main worry is your washing machine, installing one of the two Floodstop units the standard AM-FS34H-90 or the INLINE Washing Machine FloodStop FS3/4H is all you may need. Add a pair of Floodchek washing machine hoses and you are as safe as a person with a washing machine can be.

    The Watercop is made by one of the nation's oldest and most respected ball valve manufacturers (USA Made). These brass ball valves are used in industrial applications. The Watercop is a recent (past 6 or 8 years) products. As of December 2012, WaterCop ball valves are available only in low lead brass.

    The Floodstop is made in China or a similar place. The full port brass ball valve is low lead and made to commercial standards like those made by Dynaquip whose ball valves are used primarily in applications with chemicals.

    I hope this helped to answer your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara