Step-by-step description of how to receive an alert before your basement floods, if your sump pump fails. This post includes information on the equipment, steps, and set-up needed to accomplish this outcome.
This recipe outlines the steps to install a sump pump monitor and configure it to alert you to a failure.
Here’s the recipe:
- Smart home hub – The first step is to set up a smart home hub so that you can use a smart water sensor that supports Z-Wave or Zigbee. Smart water sensors run on batteries and so they need the low-power consumption offered by these protocols. The hub will also come with the SmartThings app that you can use to monitor and configure the smart water sensor.
- Smart Water Sensor – You will need a smart water sensor to detect when the water rises above the normal level. Place the sensor slightly above the high water mark in your sump pit.
- Integration – The smart water sensor will connect to the SmartThings application on your phone. Follow the process in the SmartThings app to connect it.
- Alarms – Configure the alarm by clicking on the Automation tab across the bottom of the SmartThings app. Add a SmartApp called “Notify Me When”. This SmartApp will walk you through the steps of configuring the alarm, including sending a banner notification to your cell phone and a text message when triggered.