Zircon Compliment - Zircon Leak Alert - Peace Of Mind Saves Piece Of Carpet

Review by 65566 on 2008-06-18
The old saying about basements is, either you've gotten wet or flooded in the past, or it's out there on the horizon waiting for you. Now in no way am I making light of the current Midwestern flooding situation, a cruel act of fate - I feel for those suffering.

That being said, I'd like to put a shout-out for a nifty little product I picked up a couple years ago for about 15.00 that has saved my carpeting and possessions in my basement at least 5 times. Aggravated at having to replace my carpeting remnant years ago when my sump pump failed, I started looking for a way to alert me if there's another such failure, or leaky pipe, water softener or central air runoff leak.

I picked up this nifty little alarm at a home improvement store called the Zircon Leak Alert. Basically, it's a little plastic box with a couple of leads that encircle it making contact with the basement floor. When water/moisture come in contact with the two leads, it completes the circuit triggering the alarm that sounds much like a smoke alarm.

Today, this little gem alerted me to some water on the floor, enabling me to just reach the sump pit in time to find that my plastic bobber/trigger had jammed, and I was about to be flooded and ruin my carpet. Thankfully, I was home to remedy the situation. The Leak Alert operates on one 9v battery and has been a real asset to keeping my basement and possessions dry. If you are a person with a basement with a sump, you really should consider getting this worthwhile and inexpensive product, it just might save you too.
Comments:15 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-06-21
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-18:
sounds like a very valuable product.

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-18:
Thanks steve. Yeah, I'm gonna give that idjut plumber who installed the sump a piece of my mind the next time I see him (in the mirror).
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-18:
Another excellent review Rick. Thanks. (VH)
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-18:
Thanks Lois, just looking out for the membership with effective consumer tips.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-18:
(VH) Where did you get this from?
A few members here may want to take this gadget with them on their next visit to Micky D's, wouldn't you agree?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-18:
as I stated, it's at home improvement stores, made for water leaks/basements, not sure what it would be useful for at a restaurant?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-18:
Very Helpful, Mr. Shaw.
Posted by Arlene on 2008-06-19:
I don't know what you paid for thaqt little jewel, but I have a set of Handyman's Encyclopedias published in 1957 that has the plans to build one of those for about a buck and a half. Today, I could probably still buy the parts at Radio Shack for less than $8.00. It takes about a half hour to assemble.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-20:
Obviously, you're not adjusting for inflation. I don't think I'd entrust my posessions to home-made '50s "technology." *rolling eyes*
Posted by Slimjim on 2008-06-20:
Actually Rick, there was a very obvious adjustment for inflation in Sword's post and the concept of connecting a circuit isn't dated to the 50's exclusively.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-20:
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-21:
Jim, seems like your circuits are jammed, buzz off.
Posted by Slimjim on 2008-06-21:
why get huffy with me?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-21:
Posted by tander on 2008-06-21:
Hmmmm, you're sounding like your old self now Rick!

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