Product Features | Eve Water Guard
All features of Eve Water Guard
May 4, 2020 - by Lars - 11 Comments
 
 

A flood isn’t the only thing that causes water damage – those constant drips, trickles and puddles are often signs that damage is being done and disaster’s about to strike. This is why Eve Water Guard uses a sensing cable to monitor every critical nook and cranny of your home. You can also extend it to suit and lay it any which way you want.

So, if the worst happens and any part of the sensing cable gets wet, the siren on Eve Water Guard will go off, the accessory will flash red and, thanks to HomeKit’s special support for sensors, a notification will be displayed on your iPhone (if you’ve got a home hub). This makes Eve Water Guard an unparalleled water leak detector in terms of its full range of functions, wide-area monitoring and the reassuring feeling it offers.

 

Read on to learn more about what functions Eve Water Guard has and how you can use this accessory.

 
 

Siren, flashing light and text message alert

As soon as water penetrates the sensing cable’s braiding, the 100 dB siren on Eve Water Guard will sound and the LEDs on the rear of the accessory will flash red to serve as an additional visual alert. The red LEDs will continue to flash for as long as water is detected, but you can mute the siren via the Eve app – which is a breeze to do as the option pops up the moment you launch the app, provided of course a leak has been detected. 

HomeKit or the home hub (HomePod or Apple TV) will also provide a key additional alert in the form of a notification if the alarm gets triggered. This means you can have notifications sent to your iPhone so you’ll never have to be greeted by the worrying sight of water leaking everywhere should you be away from the source of the leak at the time or out of earshot of the siren.

 

All you have to do is make sure you’ve set up your HomeKit hardware correctly in the Home app: Go to the Home or Rooms view. Now use a 3D Touch or Haptic Touch gesture on the Eve Water Guard icon and then tap the gear icon in the detail view. Tap Status and Notifications, then activate Notifications on This iPhone.

Sensing cable, placement and testing

Thanks to electronic wizardry, Eve Water Guard knows the instant the sensing cable gets wet (for the techies out there: Eve Water Guard uses a resistive sensor whereby the ohmic resistance is changed if water penetrates the cable). Thanks to this principle, you can extend the sensing cable to an incredible 150 meters using the two-meter extension cables – enabling Eve Water Guard to monitor every nook and cranny of even the largest rooms or spaces, and not just the area directly beneath the wall outlet.

Hooking up the sensing cable to the base unit as well as connecting each section of cable couldn’t be easier either thanks to the 3.5 mm jack plug connectors, which ensure everything connects together securely and reliably for total peace of mind. 

 

You can also lay the cable any which way you want: Lay it in a circle to monitor your washing machine, clothes dryer, pumps and other free-standing appliances; loop it under your sink; or run it along the wall parallel to your basement windows. Once you’ve laid the sensing cable and added Eve Water Guard to your HomeKit home, the next step is to test the alarm.

You can test the alarm standing near the base unit without fear of your ears being blown off as the siren will ring out at a softer level. 

 

To get started, open the Eve app and tap Settings > Accessories > Eve Water Guard > Alarm Test > Start Alarm Test. You will then see a notification saying that HomeKit will consider the test alarm to have been triggered by an actual leak and so will send notifications to all connected and invited people. As such, be sure to pre-warn everyone that you’re about to run a test, then tap Continue.

You now have a three-minute window in which to wet the sensing cable to check the acoustic and visual alarms as well as the HomeKit notification function. If necessary, turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone. This will enable you to check your home hub is working correctly and ensure you receive notifications even when you’re not at home.

 

Now simply plunge part of the sensing cable into a bowl of water.

The alarm will now go off: You’ll hear the siren; you’ll see the base unit flash red; and you’ll be notified by the Eve app and receive a HomeKit notification on your iPhone. Tap Done and the Eve app will end the procedure and log that you have completed the alarm test successfully. You can view the log by tapping the list icon in the detail view of Eve Water Guard. 

 

By default, the Eve app will prompt you to retest the alarm every three months. However, you can customize this interval and opt to be notified every 30 days, 3 months, 6 months or annually.

Automation: Water leak detected, dishwasher off

If you’ve got leaky household appliances, it makes sense to turn off the power to them using an automation to put the brakes on any further damage and headaches. To do so, just use a smart plug such as Eve Energy and a simple rule created in the Eve app that will ensure the troublesome appliance, such as your leaky dishwasher, is turned off should it spring a leak.

Open the Eve app and tap Automation > Rules > Add Rule > Next. Now select the trigger. If you don’t see Leak listed, select Other Value followed by Types > Leak. Enable Leak and set the value to Alert.

Skip the option to set Conditions and now select a scene. If you’ve not yet added the option to switch off the dishwasher, tap Add Scene. In the Add Actions window, navigate to the room where your dishwasher is located and set the option Dishwasher > Power > Off.

Give your scene a name such as Dishwasher Emergency Off, choose an icon and tap Done. Tap Next to give your rule a name (such as Water Off), tap Done. After a few moments, HomeKit will have synchronized the new automation with all accessories and home hubs so you can then perform a test using a bowl of water.

No bridge or starter set required.

Eve Water Guard works right out of the box, eliminating the need for additional accessories. You’ll need a home hub (HomePod or Apple TV) to receive notifications and run automations (e.g. to turn off a household appliance controlled by Eve Energy in the event of a water leak).

 

To expand your reach to Eve Water Guard in the furthest corners of your home, especially if you have a large apartment or house, you can use an Eve Extend Bluetooth Range Extender.

100% privacy

Eve accessories are designed to safeguard your personal data. All data is fully encrypted and only transferred directly between the Eve accessory and iPhone, iPad or home hub. Strong encryption verification during each connection attempt makes sure that only you hold the key to your home. Learn more

 

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11 Comments
hymced
Hello,
Say I have a Home Hub.
1) Is it possible to use the Eve Water Guard as trigger directly from the Home Hub?
2) When using it as a trigger in an automation setup from the Eve app, will this automation appear and be editable within Home Hub?
3) Is it possible to get notified without setting off the alarm?
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Oct 8, 2020
Hello Hymced!
For receiving any notification while on the road a home hub is mandatory. We recommend using an Apple TV 4/4K or HomePod.
Automations are created in Home or Eve and then transferred and executed on the home hub. Detecting Leak from Eve Water Guard can be a trigger for like turning on lights, turning off power in a scene. Either create an automation/rule in Eve or in Home, please don't mix in one automation but you may use both apps.
You'll get notified (alarm) once a leak is detected. Please check more on:
https://help.evehome.com/hc/en-us/articles/360014746239-Alarms-and-muting-alarms
You may turn off the alarm in the app Eve only, not in Home from Apple.
Best, volker
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Oct 9, 2020
Thank you for the details. I have read the article you pointed out, but I want to clarify how "notification" and "alarm" works. You say: "You'll get notified (alarm) once a leak is detected". As I understand it, once the Eve Water Guard is activated / in detection mode, the 100 dB siren will trigger upon detection, and a *regular iOS* notification is send (which you call "alarm"). Am I getting that correctly? Do you have pictures to illustrate that please? Is this alarm notification setup automatically or one must create an automation whose action will be sending a notification upon detection? You also say: "Detecting Leak from Eve Water Guard can be a trigger for like turning on lights, turning off power in a scene". And what about sending a notification? Is it possible to automate the action "send a notification to someone" upon detection?

There is a underlaying big question I am trying to solve. Here it goes: I live in a apartment, and I fear that if a 100 dB siren sounds, if, for some reason, I am not able to mute it via the Eve app rapidly, neighbors could easily after sometime call the firemen. And they could break down my expansive door just to shut it down... Whereas if I had been able to setup a notification without triggering the siren, I could have asked someone with my keys to check what's happening inside...
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Oct 10, 2020
Hello Hymced!
To get notifications you have to set this in the app Home from Apple and would need an Apple TV 4/4K or HomePod to receive it even when remote.
The 100 dB alarm on the accessory will start once a leak is detected, This can't be disabled. The notifications you get on the iOS accessory is a HomeKit based notification and this can be disabled.
Best, volker
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Oct 10, 2020
Dylan
Can you silent the alarm when you are not home? Also, can it just be a notification on your phone without an alarm as well, can the alarm on the device be turned off altogether?
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Aug 23, 2020
Hello Dylan!
No, the alarm can't be muted, not for Eve Smoke and not for Eve Water Guard. Best regards, volker
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Aug 24, 2020
Paul
Where can sensor cable extensions be purchased from?
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Jun 22, 2020
Hello Paul!
The Eve Water Guard Extension be purchased in our web store at Amazon and many retailers.
Best regards, Volker
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Jun 22, 2020
Jace
Thanks for reply! I was hoping it could serve double duties is all.
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May 8, 2020
Jace
Sounds like a great device to add to my getting smarter home. I was curious if its also possible to use the water guard device as an action to a trigger in homekit, or eve? I dont have any sirens in my small space, and was wondering if the siren could be triggered if say a contact sensor was open, or door open.

Thanks,
Jace
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May 8, 2020
Hello Jace!
I think you are mixing up some here. Eve Water Guard can act as a trigger. When water is detected the trigger fires and it could shut off a washing machine that is attached to an Eve Energy - this can be done.
What you want to do: Use a HomeKit enabled contact sensor as a trigger and Eve Water Guard in a scene to be executed.
This is not possible, sorry. Eve Water Guard alarm is for the accessory only.
Best regards, volker
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May 8, 2020
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