A leak can start in a pipe under a sink or on the water heater in your basement, and by the time you realize it, you have a large mess to clean up and maybe even a little damage. Water leaks are not only a hassle to deal with but can also be expensive.
IQ Flood might save you the major clean up and the costly damage by alerting you as soon as a water leak is detected. Even if you’re on the go, you can receive a text. If you’re at home, an alert will sound on your IQ Panel so you can act fast and try to remedy the problem.
What Are Some Advantages of IQ Flood?
Even the smallest of leaks can quickly cause damage throughout your home. While cleaning up water can be a difficult task, the damage to your home can be expensive, especially when your most prized possessions have water damage.
If your basement has a history of mild flooding, the IQ Flood might be the perfect device for you. Heavy rains can cause flooding in basements when most homeowners least expect it, but the IQ Flood can help you catch the water before it causes a bigger problem.
While older appliances are more likely to leak, you never know when your newer washing machine or water heater may spring a leak. IQ Flood adds a little extra security to your home, keeping it damage-free and dry.
Do you travel frequently and hire someone to check on your house? By adding IQ Flood to your IQ Panel, you don’t need to spend the extra money. If the flood sensor detects a problem, you’ll be alerted immediately.
Specifications For IQ Flood
The dimensions of the IQ Flood sensor is 2.5"H x 1"W x 0.5" D and has 2-3V Lithium batteries. The wireless signal range of each sensor is 600 feet in open air, and the transmitter frequency is 319.5MHz. Attached to each IQ Flood sensor is the “water bug,” which detects the presence of water. The “water bug” has a six-foot cord, but can be bundled up for smaller spaces.
IQ Flood works best when the indoor temperatures are between 14 and 122°F (-10 to 50 C) and between 5 to 95 percent non-condensing relative humidity.
How IQ Flood Works
When installed correctly, the IQ Flood sensor should not at risk of getting wet. The sensor itself is not designed to be immersed in water but rather the “water bug,” which is attached by a 6-foot cord. When the two contacts on the “water bug” become immersed in water, it triggers an alert.
When water is detected, the sensor will send an alert to your IQ Panel and as a text or email to your phone. IQ Flood works as an early detection for potentially damaging leaks and flooding in your home.
Ideal Places To Mount IQ Flood Sensor
As long as you keep the flood sensor far enough away from becoming immersed in water and in an area where temperatures don’t rise above 122°F, you can mount IQ Flood virtually anywhere.
As with other Qolsys sensors, select a place that is clean and in an area where it’s less likely to become knocked down or damaged. Take extra consideration when mounting, due to the cord that’s attached to the “water bug.” If you decide not to use the full length of cord, simply bundle up the cord neatly and tie it off.
Some places you might want to mount your IQ Flood is behind an appliance, such as a washing machine or a refrigerator that makes ice cubes or dispenses water. You may also want to install a flood sensor in your basement or inside a cabinet underneath a bathroom sink.
Although the IQ Flood sensor may still work if it gets wet, excessive exposure to water could cause irreparable damage to the device.
Mounting and Installing Your IQ Flood Device
Have you found an ideal place for your IQ Flood device? Now it’s time to mount and install. It’s a good idea to hang on to any packaging and instructions that are included with the device, as you may need them in the future.
Remove the battery tabs from the flood sensor, apply the adhesive strip (which is included), and install in the desired location. Once you’ve selected the distance you want between the sensor and the “water bug,” attach the “bug” to the wall or baseboard. Avoid letting the contacts touch the floor (always leave a little bit of space).
Next, go to your IQ Panel and select “settings,” then “advanced settings.” Next, you will be prompted to enter a code, and you can enter the Dealer code (2222) or the Installer code (1111).
Select “installation,” “devices,” and then “security sensors.” You can manually add the sensor or touch “auto learn.” After you select “auto learn” the IQ Panel will sync up with and “learn” your IQ Flood sensor.
Open the case on the sensor until you hear the IQ Panel chime and then select “water” as your sensor type. Next, you will choose “Sensor Sub-Type 1” (which is the default), and then you can customize your settings. If you have more than one IQ Flood sensor, you will want to make sure you specify where it’s located (such as in the “basement by the water heater”).
Repeat these steps for each IQ Flood sensor and always test each one to make sure it works properly. If you encounter any issues with your sensor or have difficulty mounting and installing the device, refer to your instructional manual or call the company for some troubleshooting advice.