Originally Posted by jadnashua
I have not read the specs on either,
but it would seem that not having to plumb the wags valve into the water system in the bottom of the pan gives the flood safe valve a distinct advantage...
I have not looked at the specs, but I thought the flood safe valve also had a battery back up to it... but maybe not ,???
I also like the other feature that it can be a whole house shut off and it can also be incorporated into the alarm system for the home...... that also seems like a good feature...
I have not installed either one but if I had to choose one over another I would gamble on the flood safe,
the oddds that a power outage and a water heater failure at the same time seems rare
and i would be willing to take that chance...
perhaps someone ought to buy a wags and see how difficult it is to plumb and install into place.... I have NEVER EVER even stumbled across one in 40 years... that is how un-popular they are in this area..
thats all I got to say about that
Plumbing it is pretty simple...run your supply down into the pan where you've located the valve, then back up to the WH inlet. It's your choice if you want to then use the internal switch to disable the burner if it trips. You're done. If it does get enough water in the pan, it trips (about 1/2" if I remember).
You could use that switch to trigger your alarm system as well, if you wanted.
I am good with either system... but I dont think that
there is gonna be a run on either one any time soon.....
I could certainly see more applications for
the flood safe system in high rise condos ect.
If someone wanted the extra safety and security
I would probably show them both and let them choose