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Utilitech zwave water sensor


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I bought two of these a while back-- Smarthings and Revolv can detect them to tell me if my basement has flooded.  I am on 4.2.30 and it can "exclude" this device, but simply does not detect anything when I try to include it.

 

Is there any way I can force the ISY to see this water sensor?  Nothing happens in learn mode either when I hit the Utilitech pairing button.

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Okay progress on my own problem-- I had to put the ISY event viewer into "device communication events" mode, and suddenly it found the water detector, and it actually put the water detector into pairing mode.  So ISY now sees this device as "WAter Alarm".  BUT, the device won't come out of pairing mode, it keeps flashing red and does not detect water in this mode...

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Okay after removing the device and re-pairing it to ISY, ISY finds device and device left pairing mode.  Maybe a distance to ISY issue, not sure.  Maybe the only take-away is for some reason device was only found after putting event viewer into "device communication events" mode-- is this a bug in ISY or random event?

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  • 2 weeks later...

I had 3 of these that I "thought" worked great for the last 1.5 years

In transitioning from a Vera3 to the ISY, there is the idiosyncracy that you need to trigger them to complete the include in the zwave network.

One worked fine, the other 2 do not sense water anymore.

one of 3 good

Just a beware

..Barry

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I think I'm resurrecting an old thread.  I just bought the Utilitech Water Leak Detector from Lowes given its price point of $29.  I'm running 5.0.4 beta.

 

It joined the z-wave network just fine.  I'm surprised that 'status' is showing up as a percentage.  My program works just fine if I check for > 0%.  I suspect this should be a binary on/off type evaluation.

 

What do ya'll think?

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It looks like it jumps to 100% then back to 0% when I remove the wet paper towel.  

 

Then I agree with your suspicion that this should be treated as a binary sensor.  I'm glad to hear yours is working.  Others here have had nothing but trouble with these sensors.

 

-Xathros

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Then I agree with your suspicion that this should be treated as a binary sensor.  I'm glad to hear yours is working.  Others here have had nothing but trouble with these sensors.

 

-Xathros

 

I've got a sump pump next to it and I have a z-wave power monitor thingy on that which tells me each time the pump runs.  So, if I start seeing the pump running with no notification from the water sensor then I'll known something is up.  I guess my risk is that my goal is the water sensor triggering a notification when there's water and the pump isn't running (like maybe it died, like my last 2).

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