Check out this cool connected water shut-off valve from Lowe’s

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Credit: Stacey Higginbotham/Gigaom

Updated: This post was updated on Feb. 24 to reflect new information from Lowe’s. The company clarified that it had given me the wrong information originally and that this product does not use Z-wave. It uses Zigbee (specifically Zigbee’s home automation 1.2 profile).

Lowe’s has added a smart water shut-off valve that you attach just inside your water meter to its selection of connected devices, which means for about $500 or maybe a bit less if you’re truly a DIYer, you could leak-proof your home. Take this valve, a few strategically placed moisture sensors and a hub that can send notifications to alert you or trigger the water to shut off if the sensors detect leaks, and you’ve just saved yourself from a real mess.

The valve costs $159 in the store, but you may want to shell out for a plumber for the install because you’re basically putting this thing on the pipe running between your water meter and all the water flowing into your home. That may set you back around $150, according to the pricing set by Kris Bowring, the director of new business development for Iris who showed me the device this week at an event in Austin.

The valve works with the Iris system, which is the Lowe’s connected home hub, but it also uses the Zigbee HA 1.2 radio protocol, which means it should work with other hubs, such as SmartThings, Staples Connect and event Wink, which supports the ZigBee HA 1.2 profile as well. That said, the Lowe’s Iris system sometimes runs Zigbee profiles that don’t always play nicely with other hubs. I haven’t tried it because I do not have $300 at the moment to prevent floods in my home, but it’s a perfect use case to submit to my home insurance company should it ever decide to start offering discounts for connected devices.

Updated: This article was updated on Feb. 23 to add a link and more specific pricing.

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exhibit44

This is a great idea, although this is an early-adopter price. Like dishwashers, it will only take off if installed by the builder in new construction/remodels.

Mark

An alternative is the ValveSentry water shut off device. This kit bolts on to your existing valve, meaning there is no “hidden” costs including hiring a plumber and pulling a permit. Sold by Battic Door Energy http://www.batticdoor.com, $349.

xraken

Stacey, is this actually available yet? I could not find it listed online.

mikecam

Can you tell me why this is news? These things have been around for years from connected home online retailers!!

xraken

Yes, but when a mainstream store like Lowe’s starts selling one it makes a huge difference. Also, I’ve been looking for these for a long time and to the best of my knowledge there was only one such valve available online and it cost about $350.

mike

$10 valve plus $5 solenoid plus few bucks for a radio = ~$150. Sounds about right.
This whole smart home thing isn’t going to actually take off until the competition builds to a point of reasonable pricing.

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