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Old 02-22-2021, 04:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I just ordered Flume 2 despite the fact that Flo by Moen is a better product and has the capability to shut off the water. Too big of a price difference...
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:05 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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This is a newer product - but one with some pretty significant advantages over some of the others discussed, since it has a cell phone interface rather than relying on WiFi connectivity. The app it comes with allows you to interface a valve in the water line so you can turn the water off remotely - plus you can install remote leak detectors that will feed back to the main control box (located in the meter box) that will also alert you to any leak at their location.

https://konalabs.com/collections/leak-detection
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:00 PM
 
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I took SAWS up on their Flume II offer last November after reading the threads here. No problems, no complaints. The full rebate eventually showed up as promised.
After 3,000 gallons I compared the sensor report to the actual physical meter reading. I forget the exact number but the accuracy was much better than 0.5%; when the decimal places were rounded off the two were practically identical.
There weren't any existing leaks here to find, except every couple months one of the toilet tanks keeps running (which can quickly waste hundreds of gallons). It's a reliable reminder to turn the sprinkler off. It even helps with personal health monitoring, as it accurately tracks how often this older person "takes a leak" based on the specific 1.3 gallon flush spike.
I don't use the dishwasher so never had to deal with that repeating Notification.

It will always closely match the city meter reading. It actually runs off it. It is not a separate flow meter at all. The city would not allow a separate 'check' meter in their box.
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Old 02-23-2021, 01:32 PM
 
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This is a newer product - but one with some pretty significant advantages over some of the others discussed, since it has a cell phone interface rather than relying on WiFi connectivity. The app it comes with allows you to interface a valve in the water line so you can turn the water off remotely - plus you can install remote leak detectors that will feed back to the main control box (located in the meter box) that will also alert you to any leak at their location.

https://konalabs.com/collections/leak-detection
Another $500 gadget that has no rebate from SAWS and possibly not approved by the city. Not sure it's worth it. When a simpler device will tell me about possible leak that's all I want to know to take action.
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Old 02-23-2021, 01:40 PM
 
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Another $500 gadget that has no rebate from SAWS and possibly not approved by the city. Not sure it's worth it. When a simpler device will tell me about possible leak that's all I want to know to take action.
Flo by Moen is an approved device eligible SAWS rebate but it is more expensive then the Flume.
https://www.gardenstylesanantonio.co...sensor-rebate/

Also, like the other referenced device, with the Flo by Moen you can install remote leak detectors that will feed back to the main valve unit control box that will also alert you to any leak at their location. It does not have a cell connection though.
https://www.moen.com/products/Flo_by...system/920-004

Regardless, I hope the Flume serves you well. I love my Flume and my Flo by Moen
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Old 02-23-2021, 03:34 PM
 
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Actually Amazon has a wide variety of those detectors for sale. Most have great reviews.
I got the Flume2 because with rebate it cost me only $22 and DIY set-up.
The more sophisticated gadgets need additional electrical set-up and plumber work. With the extra cost it's a $1000+ job.
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Old 02-23-2021, 06:20 PM
 
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Actually Amazon has a wide variety of those detectors for sale. Most have great reviews.
I got the Flume2 because with rebate it cost me only $22 and DIY set-up.
The more sophisticated gadgets need additional electrical set-up and plumber work. With the extra cost it's a $1000+ job.
The one I posted is as an option. Installation by a plumber isn't required, unless you opt for installing the shut-off valve - but that's within the realm of many DIY homeowners. The ability to quantify usage in real time, and monitor for leaks is what makes it more interesting to me.

Sometimes, cheap has a cost all its' own.
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Old Today, 07:19 AM
 
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If there is no shut off just monitoring, cheaper gadgets can do it as well...
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Old Today, 08:13 PM
 
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Another $500 gadget that has no rebate from SAWS and possibly not approved by the city. Not sure it's worth it. When a simpler device will tell me about possible leak that's all I want to know to take action.
Well, we DO have folks here that aren't under the SAWS thumb....lol It's a much more expensive device to be sure - for me, not worth the $$$, but I had a customer ask about them (I don't deal w/them, but I get a lot of requests to "overlook" things for my customers, which I'm happy to do, because it also educates me) because he had a line rupture while they were out of town (not during the freeze), and it really messed up his pump house, so he was looking for something. I copied him the info on the one's posted here, as well. Per my last conversation w/him, he was leaning towards the one I mentioned, especially since it has its' own comm system.

Interesting times we live in, for sure - all kinds of things we can spend our $$$ on!
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