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Old 02-11-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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Automatic Water Shut-off?


Not the kind that depend on remote flood sensors - I'm thinking of something that senses flow in the main supply line and turns it off after a programmable X-minutes or y-gallons. I think most people use them to stop floods in case of a burst pipe - but I'm thinking of foiling that malicious tenant who turns his bathtub faucet on and goes away for the weekend, leaving you with an outrageous water bill.

FloLogic makes one. But they're ~$1,100. Gets pricey on a multi-unit building.

Anyone know of something similar for less?

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Old 02-11-2008, 11:38 PM   #2
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HaHaHa...LMAO!! That is funny. The world is full of degenerate idiots. I have a feeling if you shut off his water because you think he is using too much, you are opening yourself up for a lawsuit. I don't know of a device that you want.

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Don't know of one, but wish I did.

It would be nice if one existed.
Especially in locations where I've heard that utilities will not turn water back on for a property owner after a tenant runs up a bill and skips.
They don't do that in my town, but that is just wrong where it happens. It's not the property owners bill, it's the deadbeat tenants bill. If someone would come up with an affordable device, they could sell a lot of them I bet.
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Wouldn't be hard to do but you really risk much more in the lawsuits that surely would come from it.

You cannot turn off a persons water, regardless of how much he used unless you have some contract allowing it. As well, if the tenant is billed directly by the utility, you are really looking for trouble. You have no authority to touch the water in those situations.
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The legal - yes, but imagine a system that shuts off the water only temporarily, with a switch for the tenant to turn it back on. Like someone who sits there and turns the tap off after it's been on too long. That's all. But as far as the tenant is concerned, this is a flood prevention measure.

Like I said, a company called FloLogic makes something pretty darn close:

http://www.flologic.com/Automatic-Wa...ff-System.html

but for $1,100. Same thing only cheaper would be nice.

And ya, there are some real idiots renting who ruin it for the rest of them.
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When he does this why don't you "Check the wellfare" since you have not seen him come out but can hear water running?
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The legal - yes, but imagine a system that shuts off the water only temporarily, with a switch for the tenant to turn it back on. Like someone who sits there and turns the tap off after it's been on too long. That's all. But as far as the tenant is concerned, this is a flood prevention measure.

Like I said, a company called FloLogic makes something pretty darn close:

http://www.flologic.com/Automatic-Wa...ff-System.html

but for $1,100. Same thing only cheaper would be nice.

And ya, there are some real idiots renting who ruin it for the rest of them.
Yep, I can see somebody spill some hot water on them and go to run it under cold water and the water turns off.

Somebody has toilet bowl cleaner splash in their eyes and need to rinse them out and bam, the water shuts off.

can you say; here former tenant, here are the keys to your new house that was once mine. Take my car and the house I was living it as well.

Too many possibilities of added injury that would be looked at as malicious and becomes a very serious legal matter.

but, it's your money, not mine.
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If at all possible, can't you just require the tenant to put the utility bill in their name. One time forgetting should set them straight. Especially when it affects their wallet...
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Reword your leases to include the water bill in there rent.

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