Derstig, I completely agree with your sentiments. I have been monitoring the Rachio product for about 8 months, ever since the Gen 2 release when flow monitoring was added and it was hinted that leak monitoring was coming shortly. Since I had a recent $500 water leak while on vacation I am revisiting this. To me, leak monitoring is mandatory, and I have not purchased the Rachio yet, because that feature doesn’t exist. In the past 6 months I have contacted Customer Support, and tried to add it as a product suggestion but I got no response from them. It does bother me that so much time has gone by and no action or roadmap has been discussed for this feature. Particularly for a feature which should be straightforward to implement.
I have also been involved in many software/hardware development projects and would also be more than happy to support any development/beta testing in this area, since I feel it is such a critical feature.
I see two components to leak detection:
- Leak after a valve - only detected after the valve is turned on and water flow is compared to a historical reference. Action: Disable valve. Send alert.
- Leak before a valve - always leaking. In my system (and I would assume most irrigation systems) without any valves turned on you would expect the flow to be 0. You would always be monitoring water usage on the irrigation “main”. Action: Disable entire irrigation line. Send alert.
In both cases there would need to be consideration for manual valves/hoses on the irrigation main that might be used - so there would need to be some ability to “filter” manual usage. Also the ability to sort out a “main” leak that started while a valve was on. Additional features might also include underflow.
There are other solutions out there, typically much more expensive and not as flexible a system. I would prefer to be in the Rachio ecosystem with all the other excellent features but this is holding me back. At a minimum a roadmap showing this feature might make me feel comfortable enough to at least move over to Rachio. But I suppose if I could prevent another leak I could afford to purchase any of the systems.
Hi @mckynzee or @franz - is there a roadmap for leak detection with rough timeframes?
Thanks for your help.