June 19, 2023

best water leak detector compatible with Apple Home

I researched water leak detector recommendations compatible with Apple HomeKit by reviewing seven Reddit threads. Most of the discussions were directly related to the query, while some focused on Home Assistant or SmartThings compatibility. There was a general consensus on a few popular leak detector options, but individual experiences and preferences varied. The most frequently discussed and recommended detectors were Aqara, Fibaro, and Eve water sensors. Here are the key findings




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Aqara Water Leak Sensor

Aqara Water Leak Sensor

Aqara water leak sensors were consistently recommended across multiple Reddit discussions as a reliable and affordable option. They are compatible with Apple HomeKit and have a small profile, making them easy to place in tight spaces. Some users shared their positive experiences with Aqara sensors, stating that they have saved their homes from potential water damage. However, Aqara sensors require a hub for connectivity, which may be a drawback for some users.
Fibaro Flood Sensor

Fibaro Flood Sensor

The Fibaro flood sensor was another popular recommendation among users. It is compatible with both Apple HomeKit and Home Assistant, and it can detect water leaks using contacts under the sensor. Some users noted that the Fibaro sensor has Bluetooth range issues unless it is placed near a HomePod or Apple TV. Despite this, many users praised the sensor for its price point and effectiveness, as well as the added benefit of a built-in temperature sensor.
Eve Water Sensor

Other Options

Additional water leak detectors mentioned in the discussions include Moen Flo detectors, Shelly Flood sensors , and Govee water leak sensors . Moen Flo detectors are battery-powered, do not require a hub, and can even call users when a leak is detected. Shelly Flood sensors are relatively expensive but reportedly trigger quickly on detecting water and use capacitive sensing technology. Govee water leak sensors are affordable, reliable, and have a built-in siren for immediate leak notifications. However, some of these options may not be directly compatible with Apple HomeKit or may require additional setup. Based on the research, Aqara, Fibaro, and Eve water sensors appear to be the most popular and reliable options compatible with Apple HomeKit. Your choice may ultimately depend on factors such as budget, connectivity preferences, and additional features offered by each sensor.

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"Looking for a water leak detector"

  • A user on Reddit posted a question asking about a HomeKit water leak detector that is battery-operated and speaks directly with his HomeKit hub, without requiring a separate hub. They mention liking the Aqara and Eve products but wanting to avoid a hub requirement or a plug-in sensor.
  • A user suggests using the Aqara ecosystem with an M2 hub, which has a good range, although the person asking the question was far enough away that it might not work. Another user says that the Aqara saved their house from damage when a leak occurred after they left on a trip.
  • Someone else recommends the Fibaro water sensor, which has contacts under the sensor for detecting water and can be strategically positioned to catch leaks. Another user notes that it uses Bluetooth and has range issues unless it is placed near a HomePod or Apple TV.
  • The Eve water sensor is mentioned several times, with one user saying they have heard good reviews. Another user suggests mounting the sensor to a power strip or a location near the ground to avoid flooding issues.
  • The Fibaro sensor is praised for its price point and effectiveness, despite some Bluetooth range issues. The same user mentions that it also has a temperature sensor. Another user says that they use Aqara sensors connected to wall switches and plugs, as well as the Aqara app, which they recommend for easy automation.
  • Other users make suggestions like connecting the Eve sensor to a power strip or attaching an external cable to the Fibaro sensor. One user notes that some newer dryers have water hookups for steam cycles, which can lead to leaks. Another user notes that they have multiple Aqara leak sensors and have found them to be reliable.

"Water leak sensor recommendations"

  • The webpage is a Reddit thread from 11 months ago where a user asks for water leak sensor recommendations compatible with Home Assistant
  • One user recommends the Zooz Z-wave Plus 700 Series XS Water Leak Sensor ZSE42, which runs on CR2032 batteries and maintains a decent battery life
    • Another user asks about battery life as their Aeotec sensors eat larger batteries quickly, and a user who owns the Zooz sensor replies that their sensor has been installed for a couple of months and is still at 100%
    • A different user mentions using Fibaro FGFS-101 Water Sensor, which is more expensive but has plenty of useful features such as using a DC power adapter input, a buzzer alarm, and having terminals to attach probes on extension wires
    • One user has installed the Aqara (Zigbee) and Govee (433MHz) sensors and both work well, Govee sensors have a built-in siren plus additional contacts on the top of the sensor
    • Another user agrees that the Govee 433MHz ones would have been a better purchase as they make noise independently of HA, and reports a concern about an automation to notify of a leak not working
    • One user uses the Govee sensors together with their wifi adapter and 433mhz rtl-sdr to Home Assistant, but reports some issues with SDR 433mhz reception being finicky and requiring careful positioning of radio antenna
    • Some users recommend the SmartThings sensors, while others mention that they go offline for no reason
    • One user mentions buying sensors years ago that had a temperature sensor but ate batteries quickly and didn’t remember the brand/name
    • A user recommends Linkind sensors, which are powered by AAA batteries that report battery levels more accurately

"Water/Leak Sensors?"

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"What water / leak sensors do you guys use?"

  • A Reddit user from two years ago asked for recommendations from the SmartThings community for water/leak sensors.
  • The user expressed an interest in getting water sensors to place under sinks and around bathtubs after experiencing a recent water leak.
  • The user mentioned that their hot water heater already had a leak sensor with an automatic cutoff switch, but not a smart connection.
  • Several users recommended SmartThings water leak sensors and noted that they were easy to work with and effective.
    • One user mentioned that the SmartThings brand was their favorite of the water sensors they had tried.
    • Another user said that the SmartThings sensors were small and easy to place in cramped spaces.
    • A third user noted that the SmartThings sensors could trigger even with a small leak.
  • Some users recommended Dome sensors, which come with a remote sensor.
  • A few users mentioned Everspring flood sensors as well, which were recommended for sumps and washing machines.
  • A user noted that the Ecolink Z-wave flood/freeze sensors work with SmartThings and have long battery life.
  • One user proposed trying to integrate Wally sensors, but nobody had tried it.
  • A user mentioned that they used Leaksmart sensors which also display temperature.
  • Several users discussed the difficulty of finding SmartThings water sensors due to production issues.
    • One user mentioned that the SmartThings sensors were back in stock on Amazon, but at an inflated price, and they planned to look into other options.
    • Another user speculated that Samsung was getting rid of its SmartThings hardware.

"Smart water leak sensor recommendations?"

URL: https://www.reddit.com/r/homeassistant/comments/n0d6hh/smart_water_leak_sensor_recommendations/

  • The webpage discusses various water leak sensors that are compatible with different home automation systems including Zigbee, Z-wave, and 433MHz.

  • The sensors discussed include Aeotec, Aqara, Govee, and Shelly Flood.

  • Aqara and Govee sensors are mentioned multiple times for their reliability and affordability.

  • Govee water leak sensors cost $8 per sensor (or cheaper, when they go on sale) and have sirens on them too, which will alert if a leak occurs while someone is home.

  • The alarm from Govee sensors can be output over 433MHz, which can be picked up by an RTL-SDR (costs about $20), and output directly into the home automation system.

  • They are also easy to pair, as all that is required is for the user to press the button on the unit, which emits a message, so you can add it to the list of clients.

  • Govee water leak sensors have low battery consumption and use a couple of AAA batteries.

  • The sensors can trigger with extremely little water, e.g. even a little bit of sweat on someone’s fingers can trigger it.

  • Shelly Flood sensors are relatively expensive, but some users report they trigger quickly on detecting water.

  • Whereas most leak sensors need two metal plates to detect leaks on a flat surface, the Shelly one can detect it with just one because it uses capacitive sensing technology.

  • The Aqara water sensor is a Zigbee sensor that works well and can reliably detect water when exposed to it.

  • Other users recommend the Aeotec Z-Wave HomeSeer HSM200 as a reliable source of sensing leaks.

  • A Reddit user reported that they had various connectivity issues with the Aqara sensors, which might be due to a poor mesh network, or the user might have a bad batch of sensors.

  • Another Reddit user reported that the Govee wifi water leak sensors work well and are a value-for-money purchase.

  • One Reddit user reports using the Govee sensors for their nine sensor kits placed below sink and dishwasher locations, among others.

  • Some users experienced an issue with their Govee wifi water sensors disconnecting from their home automation system.

  • One Reddit user wonders how much water Govee sensors need to detect drips. The

"Options for Flood/Water/Leak detector"

Here are my notes from the webpage:

  • The post title is “Options for Flood/Water/Leak detector”
  • The post was shared on Reddit on August 18, 2020, and has generated 14 points to date.
  • The original poster mentions having 6 Aqara Flood sensors that often drop off and need to be reset/paired or have their batteries replaced. They are considering replacing these with one of the following:
  • Zooz Water Leak Sensor
  • Sensitive Strips
  • Shelly Flood Sensor
  • Some redditors have provided recommendations and comments on specific brands and types of water leak detectors:
    • User #1 states that they recently picked up 5 Zooz leak sensors that are working really well. They have had positive experiences with other Zooz products in the past.
    • User #2 thanks user #1 for their recommendation.
    • User #3 suggests building an esp_home base leak sensor if the user has basic soldering skills.
    • User #4 suggests that esp_home sensors may not be reliable when powered by batteries alone.
    • User #5 recommends the Shelly Flood Sensor and notes that it works well over Wi-Fi.
    • User #6 recommends Ecolink water sensors if the user has a security panel, and states that their Ecolink door sensors have worked well.
    • User #7 recommends the Fibaro Flood Sensor, which is Z-Wave and battery powered, but can also be hooked up to 12v power. They note that it has a useful built-in temperature sensor.
    • User #8 notes that they have had several Fibaro sensors that all died after about a year.
    • User #9 mentions Dome leak detectors as working well.
    • User #10 recommends an Aeotec water sensor with a wire-connected probe for remote mounting.
  • There are mixed opinions on the reliability of certain water leak detector brands, with some users having positive experiences and others having negative experiences.
  • The post does not specifically address compatibility with Apple Home, but it does discuss compatibility with Z-Wave and ZigBee networks, which could be relevant for Apple HomeKit users.

"Recommendations for smart water leak detection that is not a "whole home" system?"

  • The discussion topic is “Recommendations for smart water leak detection that is not a ‘whole home’ system?” posted a year and four months ago in the r/HomeKit subreddit. The post has three points.
  • The original poster lives in a condo with no individual meters and no direct unit water shut-offs, so they need a reliable leak detector for kitchen and bathroom sinks, washing machines, behind the fridge, etc., with a small profile.
  • Most of the highly reviewed leak detectors are those that work for the whole home only and cannot be installed in the specific areas where the user needs them.
  • The recommended leak detector should be battery-powered as there is no accessible plug under the sinks or washing machines.
  • The Aqara water leak sensor is recommended by several users and requires a hub but is compatible with Apple HomeKit. It costs around $19 USD each, takes a battery, and is small and easy to place.
  • Some other users recommend the Fibaro flood sensor, which might work for the user. One user recommends the Eve home water guard and Shelly cloud, while another user suggests the Moen Flo detectors (no HomeKit compatibility).
  • The Moen Flo detectors are battery-powered, don’t install on the water lines, don’t require a hub (only wifi), and call the user if there’s a leak. They cost around $139-149 USD each.
  • One user explains their automation setup for the Aqara leak sensors with an Eve energy plug that controls an electric ball valve near their water stopcock for immediate shutoff of mains water on detecting a leak.
  • Another user suggests installing a bulldog that can open and close a ball valve to shut off the water main without being invasive. However, this is not HomeKit compatible.
  • One user recommends the YoLink setup, which is durable and responsive. It can sync with Alexa products, which can play an audible message if it detects a leak. However, it is not compatible with HomeKit.
  • One user asked if it was a hassle to change the batteries of the Aqara water leak sensors periodically, but others replied that they last two years and changing the battery takes only a minute.
  • There are users on the thread who are interested in installing the Moen Flo smart valve, but at over $1,000 with installation, they find the cost hard to justify.
  • One user would like the bulldog but cannot find a HomeKit compatible plug-in for it and notes that there is no release date for Aqara

"Whats a good water leak sensor?"

  • User on r/HomeKit wants to set up a homekit native water leak detector for an office that gets many leaks and asks for recommendations.
  • Aqara system is recommended and saved someone’s house from a flood in the middle of the night when a water filter ruptured.
  • Eve is also good, more expensive, and more bulky but has some benefits.
  • One user recommends FIBARO that’s cheap and compatible with HomeKit.
  • Aqara sensors are more compact, can fit in tighter places, and can be cheaper for multiples.
  • One user had Aqara sensors installed under every sink in their house, near the water heater and washing machine, and they reliably notified them when their garbage disposal started leaking as well as when the drain hose to their washer got free of the wash sink and leaked on the basement floor.
  • Eve Water Guard covers a larger area but is more expensive and needs a power outlet (no batteries to change). One user used it to inform them of a home water leak from their water heater. Another user ran it under their washer and created an automation to cut power to the washer when water is detected.
  • Meross Smart Water Leak Sensor is reasonably priced and comes with a hub+sensor or a sensor only, but it may not be compatible with a HomePod alone without the hub.
  • A user would wait for the Matter+Thread water leak sensors that wouldn’t need a hub (just the HomePod mini or Apple TV acting as a bridge), but they don’t seem to exist yet.
  • There are pros and cons to both Aqara and Eve sensors.
  • One user joked about preferring a “polish grandma” to detect their leaks instead.

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