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Water Leak Sensor

  • Question: Push notifications are great, but if I have a flood, or leak in the middle of the night how do i get the notification to make a sound?

Answer:

Really sorry YoLink Water Leak Sensor itself does not alarm. It only sends push notifications.
It works with Alexa, so you can create routines to get voice announcements. You can visit https://youtu.be/rFCbE3pW4f8 on Part 4 – Alexa Integration to know how to create routines on Alexa APP. We have a YoLink Siren which works with YoLink Sensors and sends audio alarms. Its Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0887SMPKK

What’s more, the reasons why the Leak sensor doesn’t have audio itself are firstly we make the leak sensor water-resistant and also make its battery life last more than 5 years; Second, if the leak sensor is placed in a basement or other places far from the line of sight, the sound will not be heard all the time.

Therefore, we have made the YoLink Siren Alarm, which can support up to 128 YoLink Sensors. The Siren Alarm can be placed wherever you like. When any leak sensor detects a leak, the Siren Alarm will emit loud sound so that you will never miss any water leakage warning.
At the same time, the Siren Alarm can also be linked to YoLink motion sensor or YoLink door sensor. Even when the internet or the power is off (need extra 2*AAA Alkaline Batteries), the Siren Alarm can still work normally with YoLink water leak sensor using our unique YoLink Control.

If you are using the Android system, you can set the ring for your APP notification on your phone settings -> Sound and Notification; Apple has disabled the notification settings.

 

  • Question: Why do I get so many alerts? When I dip the sensor in and take it out, I am getting many alerts/notifications (like 3-5 alerts). Seems like there should be a “de-bouncing” or something that prevents duplicated messages that occur within a certain time period.

Answer:

There are two reasons: First “The Alert Interval” has been set too short in the continuous alarm interval above, second is the jitter of the water immersion detection: Detected -> Some seconds -> Not Detected -> Some seconds -> Detected, for the second reason, we need to confirm.

You can turn on “Do Not Disturb” on Profile -> Settings -> Alarm stragety of device, then set the time you do not want to get notifications. Please kindly note this function works for all the sensors.

 

  • Question: How to make with Alexa? Using a routine?

Answer:

Please visit the Part 4 – Alexa integration on following video about how to connect and create routines for YoLink Water Leak Sensor on Alexa APP, https://youtu.be/rFCbE3pW4f8

 

  • Question: Can this device be paired directly using ‘if/then’ or controlled through Alexa to trigger an automated 1″ shut off valve? If so, which brand of valve?

Answer:

Yes, this device can be paired to trigger an automated 1″ shut off valve. It works with other brands of Alexa-enabled valves which are compatible with 1″ valve.
Also, you can use YoLink Smart Water Leak Sensor to trigger the automated valve through IFTTT APP.

 

  • Question: It is too late now for you to change but the vocabulary (open/close ) for sensor status on creating a routine does NOT match the vocabulary (normal/warning ) in the YoLink app. The same vocabulary should be used everywhere. In any case, Open/Closed is very confusing as I expect it refers to some electrical connection inside the water leak sensor and is not intuitive to a typical user.

Answer:

The vocabulary “Open/Close” on Alexa_Routine cannot be changed. In Alexa, there is no independent event for the water leak sensor. We use the same event as the door sensor to make the water leak sensor support Alexa.

 

  • Question: I added the devices to Google Home, but I didn’t see any way to make Google Home give me an audible alarm in case of a sensor detecting a leak.

Answer:

Google does not support voice announcements for smart sensors at present. Google only supports to query the status of the device.
We are working with Google to connect YoLink Water Leak Sensor with Google Assistant. It is on the process of Google Assistant certification. Once it works with Google Assistant, we will keep you informed.

Only Alexa supports to create routines to get voice announcement when there is a water leak detected.
Please visit the Part 4 – Alexa integration on following video about how to connect and create routines for YoLink Water Leak Sensor on Alexa APP, https://youtu.be/rFCbE3pW4f8

 

  • Question: I would like to get a phone call if leak sensor warns. 

Answer:

You can turn on the SMS notfications in YoLink APP.

Or you can connect YoLink Water Leak Sensor with IFTTT, and create IF “the water leak sensor leak warning” then “Call you”.
Please visit https://youtu.be/rFCbE3pW4f8 on Part 5 – IFTTT Integration to know to connect YoLink Water Leak Sensor with IFTTT.

 

  • Question: Is there a way to re-set that sensor itself? 

Answer:

You can press ‘SET’ button and hold for 20-25 sec that will factory reset the sensor. Then, press the ‘SET’ button one time and the water sensor should back to normal.

Please kindly wipe the probe of the leak sensor dry to make sure the leak sensor totally removed from alerts.

 

  • Question: Can it be used in something that moves – boat at my dock?

Answer:

YoLink Hub is required to set up YoLink Water Leak Sensor. And YoLink Hub needs to connect to the internet by Wired Connection or WIFI Connection to the Router.
If you have a Wired or WiFI connection on your boat, then your YoLink Water Leak Sensor will be ok. Any set of probes detect of water, YoLink Water Leak Sensor will push notifications from YoLink APP.
If you do not have a Wired or WiFI connection on your boat, then you can use YoLink Siren Alarm with YoLink Water Leak Sensor to get the audio alarms by using YoLink Control. But you will not receive notifications from YoLink APP. Link of Siren Alarm: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0887SMPKK

Please note in an open air, the communication distance between the leak sensor and YoLink Hub and YoLink Siren Alarm is 1,000ft.

 

  • Question: Any tricks about remove the silicon dots to replace the batteries?

Answer:

Regarding remove the silicon dots, the Leak Sensor is a device with high waterproof level requirements, which requires high tightness. It is not recommended users to replace the battery by themselves.
The batteries of YoLink Leak Sensor lasts for 5 plus years with normal use.
If you really need to replace it, it is recommended that you can use a thin needle to remove the footpad. After replacing the battery, the installation of screws and footpads may affect the waterproof performance of the device.

Please visit the following video about how to replace the batteries for the Leak Sensor, https://youtu.be/sW-CUeLgFY0

 

  • Question: Do you know how high of the ground the sensor prongs are on bottom of leak sensors 

Answer:

There is 0.3 millimeter between the water leak sensor prongs to the ground.

 

  • Question: How tall in inches are the sensors? Will they fit under a fridge? 

Answer:

The water leak sensor itself has 3/4 inch height, it should operate one inch or grader.

 

  • Question: Is this sensor waterproof? What if a water leak floods over the sensor? Will it short out or be damaged?

Answer:

YoLink Water Leak Sensor is designed 100% waterproof, but if any set of probes touch the water, it may cause the device to push alert notification.
Please place the device in the area to be detected, avoid rain, or other alerts that are not caused by water leaks/spills.
And please keep the distance less than 1,000ft between YoLink Hub and YoLink Water Leak Sensors.

 

  • Question: what is the waterproof rating, and can the sensor units withstand a manufacturing environment where they will be exposed to sovlent vapors

Answer:

The waterproof rating of YoLink Water Leak Sensor is IP68.
It is 100% waterproof, can be used continuously in the water for a long time.
It can withstand a manufacturing environment where they will be exposed to solvent vapors.

 

  • Question: I just installed water sensors in 8 locations in the house. How do you recommend testing those?

Answer:

  1. Add the leak sensor to YoLink App and confirm it is online
  2. Use a basin to hold water more than 1mm in height
  3. Put the leak sensor into the basin and check the App push notifications

Note, if you need to test the leak sensor, please complete the test before placing it in the position to be monitored.

 

  • Question: Regarding your water sensors, I believe they operate on 3 Vdc. Is that correct? 

Answer:

Yes, YoLink Water Leak Sensor operates on 3V DC.

 

  • Question: I recently purchased a Yolink water leak detector system. All works. My hot water heater is in the attic. My question is how does heat affect the sensor in the attic? Yep outside today was 100?

Answer:

The working Temperature of the YoLink Water Leak Sensor is 32°F~122°F. 122°F is the safe temperature. Actually, this sensor can work less than 140°F. So it will work with 100.

 

  • Question: How to exit from alerts?

Answer:

Wipe the probe of the leak sensor dry, then the device will be automatically removed from alerts.

 

  • Question: What is the warranty on this product, if any ? 

Answer:

All YoLink battery-powered sensors, including YoLink Water Leak Sensor, have two years warranty.

 

  • Question: Does it work with Alexa if no YoLink Hub? 

Answer:

Sorry, YoLink Water Leak Sensor does not work with Alexa without YoLink Hub. Because YoLink Hub connects YoLink Water Leak Sensor to the internet and YoLink Cloud. The integration of YoLink Water Leak Sensor with Alexa and IFTTT works through YoLink Cloud. Without the internet, the smart phone notifications and Alexa voice notifications will not work.

But with unique YoLink Control, the YoLink valve controller which is linked to the leak sensors will still work, if the leak sensor detected the water, the linked valve controller will turn off the water. YoLink Siren Alarm can be linked with the leak sensors to make loud sound when any linked leak sensor detected the water even when the router is off. 

 

  • Question: will this sensor connect/work with Harmony hub? / Does this work with Vera plus?/ Does it work with Samsung SmartThings?

Answer:

Sorry, YoLink is an independent smart home system. YoLink Hub is the only central controller for the YoLink products. The YoLink Water Leak Sensor will not work with other brands’ hub.
But YoLink Water Leak Sensor works with IFTTT. If you have YoLink Hub and YoLink Water Leak Sensor, you can use YoLink Water Leak Sensor to trigger other brands’ action devices via IFTTT APP.

 

  • Question: When pressing set I get red not green. In the app all devices dii hi ow normal. Are they operational. 

Answer:

About the indicator light of YoLink Water Leak Sensor,
There will be a light when you press the SET button of the device (the device is connected to the network/the device is not connected to the network)
1) The device is not connected to the network: press the SET button, the device will blink green
2) The device is connected to the network: press the SET button and see a red light, the device light at this time has no specific meaning, and is used to initially determine whether the device is working normally.

 

  • Question: there are two lights on the front of the sensor and neither is lit. Should a light be on? Seems like that would notify you it was working. But nothing is lit on my sensors.

Answer:

The water leak sensor has 2 indicator lights: an alert indicator on the top and a status indicator on the bottom.
1) Alert indicator light: When the water leak sensor detects water leakage, the red light flashes, and there will be no light in the general monitoring state.
2) Status indicator light: when you press the SET button, the green light will flash (when the device is not connected to the internet) or the red light will flash once (the device is connected to the internet); long press the SET button for 5-10s, the green light flashes, the device is under pairing of YoLink Control; long press the SET button for 10-15s, the red The light flashes, the device is under unpairing of YoLink Control.

 

  • Question: I have an application where I would like to be alert if water level gets to high and trips a float sensor that is normally open. Do you ha e a sensor that I could wire a float switch to?

Answer:

There are 3 ways to connect the extension cable to YoLink Leak Sensor.
1. Soldering with a soldering iron:
(1) Use a soldering iron to solder 2 common wires (regardless of positive or negative) to a set of probes on the Leak Sensor (a set of probes on the top of the leak sensor is recommended)
(2) Fix the leak sensor in one place (If you use double-sided tape to paste the bottom of the leak sensor to the wall, the thickness of the double-sided tape must be higher than the height of the footpad on the bottom of the leak sensor (>1.5mm), otherwise, the leak sensor may not stick firmly )
(3) Place the 2 wires in the area to be detected. The 2 wires must be separated and fixed with a certain distance (10~15mm)
But please kindly note: If you use a soldering iron to solder the wire, it may damage the two probes of the original device, which may cause the probes to rust in a humid environment.

2. Use glue or tape to fix
(1) Use glue or tape to stick 2 ordinary wires (regardless of positive or negative) to a set of probes on the leak sensor (a set of probes on the top of the leak sensor is recommended)
a. Stick the wire to the end of the probe and roll it into a circle or ring to expand the contact area & assist in fixing;

b. It is recommended to use glue/tape with high viscosity, which must be firmly adhered to!
(2) Fix the leak sensor in one place (If you use double-sided tape to paste the bottom of the leak sensor to the wall, the thickness of the double-sided tape must be higher than the height of the footpad on the bottom of the leak sensor (>1.5mm), otherwise, the leak sensor may not stick firmly)
(3) Place the 2 wires in the area to be detected. The 2 wires must be separated and fixed with a certain distance (10~15mm)
But please kindly note: If the glue/adhesive tape fails to stick the wire firmly, it may cause the wire to fall off and the leak sensor may not work properly.

3. Use the Alligator Clip
We have found a way to use the Alligator Clip to clamp securely connecting the probes of the leak sensor and the extension cables, please visit the following video for instruction, https://youtu.be/x-bBXegLUcc
Please wrap the leak sensor and the clip with tape to prevent it from falling off.
As for the clip, you will find it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0739YWFQ6

 

  • Question: What are the dimensions of the water sensors? (Inches and centimeters)

Answer:

The dimension of YoLink Wate Leak Sensor is 2.44*2.44*0.93inches (62*62*23.5mm), the package dimension is 2.48*2.48*1.02inches (63*63*26mm).

 

  • Question: I have installed 5 sensors and they are bound and visible on the App. Now I’m trying to set up an automated notification trigger but it is instructing me to first set up “behaviors”.

Answer:

The reason why you cannot choose smart automation is that you do not have smart action items.
You can choose your water leak sensor as “IF”, but there is no device that works as “THEN”.
Please watch the following video about how to create automation in YoLink APP.

YoLink Leak Sensor works with Alexa, you can create routines in Alexa to get voice announcements, and you can check the status for your sensor.
YoLink Leak Sensor works with IFTTT, if you have any other smart action devices, you can use your leak sensor to trigger them.
About how to create routines in Alexa and how to connect to IFTTT, please visit https://youtu.be/rFCbE3pW4f8 on Part 4 – Alexa Integration, Part 5 – IFTTT Integration.

 

  • Question: Depth of water required to trigger alarm?

Answer:

About 0.3 millimeter (a few drops of water) is enough to trigger the sensor.