UK leak sensors *and* UK smart stop cock valve

Apparently the most common cause of damage to peoples homes is not fire but rather water leaks i.e. burst pipes leading to flood damage.

There have been available in the UK various water leak sensors for quite sometime including of course Samsung Smartthings own version.

The problem has been that in almost all cases - at least here in the UK/Europe these have not come with a matching smart stop cock valve to automatically turn off the water supply if a leak is detected. If you are away from your house therefore and unable to immediately return to manually turn off the water a leak sensor is pretty useless.

In the US there have been a number of smart valve solutions foremost of which has been LeakSmart.

In more recent times one or two products have emerged on the UK market but I have been disappointed with all of them. There are some Z-Wave ones but they look like US ones in terms of plumbing fittings although they supposedly have EU Z-Wave compatibility. These types are designed to fit over a specific type of existing manual valve a type which in my experience is almost unheard of in the UK.


There is the Grohe which is at least a proper UK solution but seems designed to work with horizontal piping whereas all the houses I have lived in have had vertical piping.

https://www.grohe.co.uk/en_gb/smarthome/grohe-sense-water-security-system/

I also previously found this


But I get the impression it is merely a stop cock with a wall switch in a more convenient position and no ‘smarts’.

The above becomes more interesting when you look at the following which is a full blown smart water leak sensor and stop cock valve kit.


Whilst the valve as you will see looks extremely similar to the Surestop the rest is totally different. With Waterlock you get an app, a hub and multiple leak sensors and it will automatically shut the valve when it detects a leak. I have also spoken to them and apparently it already works with Amazon Alexa and other integrations are likely to be added.

The Geotogether company also makes other smart home products such as a smart thermostat and SMETS compatible IHD and CAD devices.

Whilst Waterlock is currently lacking in integration I would still regard it as likely the best UK solution with a lot of potential for the future and I am considering getting one regardless of the likely current impossibility to link to Smartthings etc.

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