Last night at 2:29 AM we were awoken by our FortrezZ siren:
Turns out our FortrezZ water sensor indicated there was moisture in our laundry room and SmartThings was configured to turn on the alarm in this case.
Luckily SmartThings turns off the alarm when it no longer senses moisture which must have been less than 30 seconds. I checked my phone and sure enough there was a push notification. I rolled back asleep assuming it was a false alarm.
At 6:00 I stumbled into the shower and to my surprise there was no water. That is when I remembered SmartThings is configured to turn off our main water when moisture is detected.
At first I was a little annoyed but then I felt reassured because if there was a real leak, damage would be almost nothing. The water valve is very expensive but definitely would pay for itself if there was a real leak. Also, I was pleased that it didn’t automatically turn back on if the moisture sensor became dry. This was my concern with less expensive valves.
So I opened up SmartThings on my phone and to my surprise it indicated the valve was open. I thought it just didn’t reflect the proper state. So I tapped it to “close” it, however, it just indicated “closing” and never closed. Suffice it to say I had to manually turn on the valve. Another motivation for this valve was to make it easier to turn on and off because it is real difficult to access the valve location. Oh well.
So my take on this was actually a little reassuring. Yes I wasted about thirty minutes and was inconvenienced. However, if this were a real leak the system came through where needed.
I think anyone getting into home automation needs to understand that it adds complexity. Things will go wrong and should be expected as a “nature of the beast” so to speak. However, there are many things it can now do that were never possible until now.
Anyone else try their FortrezZ valve lately? Does yours also not work or is it just mine?