RE: Cycling Water Valves or not
I have a Dome water valve. I’ve set it to automatically turn off if it senses water from any of my six sensors. I also have it notify/remind me each week to test the system. I do this by testing a different sensor each week with a wet finger. This tests the sensor, the controlling webCoRE piston and my Dome Water Shutoff Valve. Cycling the valve like this also ensures that it doesn’t eventually get stuck due to sediment buildup, etc. This type of periodic cycling/testing is widely recommended and done within the SmartThings community. I also checked online to see what the manufacturers say about this. I couldn’t find anything specifically on the Dome site but other manufacturers recommend doing it periodically and at least one said that the valve would last a minimum of 250,00 cycles.
To each their own I guess. But, my limited research and experience say it’s a good thing to periodically cycle/test the system. It’s a practice that is followed by many users and recommended by valve manufacturers. Having said all of that, I don’t think I’d have the valve shut off each time I left the house and then back each return just so there are no leaks. That’s why we install leak sensors.