Default Usage Alerts
Usage Alerts determine when you get notified about certain water usage patterns. Flume creates two Usage Alerts when you first install your device.
These rules can be turned on, turned off and/or modified. You can even add your own Usage Alerts. First, let's take a look at the two default Usage Alerts:
Flume Smart Leak Alert
By default, this Usage Alert will notify you if water is running constantly for 2 hours. This Usage Alert is very good at detecting low flow leaks such as running toilets, slab leaks, pinhole leaks, etc.
This Usage Alert is "smart" because it will ignore certain events such as irrigation. So, let's say that this alert is set to trigger if water is running continuously for more than 2 hours. Let's also say that you irrigate for 3 hours every day. You would expect that your irrigation would trigger this alert 2 hours into your irrigation schedule. However, since this alert is smart enough to ignore the irrigation, the alert will not trigger.
To view or edit the settings for this alert, just click "Flume Smart Leak Alert", on the "Usage Alerts" screen above. Default settings can be adjusted as necessary. See "Editing Usage Alerts" below.
High Flow Leak
High flow leaks are rare but they can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. By default, this Usage Alert is turned off. If you turn this rule on, you may get some false leak notifications if you have anything in your house that uses more than 5 gpm for a period of 15 minutes. If this is the case, you may want to monitor your water usage in the Flume app to see what your peak water usage is per minute. You can then bump up the flow rate to something more appropriate.
To view default settings for High Flow Leak notifications, click on "High Flow Leak" from the Usage Alerts screen. Default settings can be adjusted as necessary based on your water usage.
Turning Usage Alerts On and Off
In the screenshot at the top, you see a slider next to each Usage Alert. To turn a Usage Alert on, just click the slider until it turns green. To turn a Usage Alert off, click the slider until it turns white.
Editing Usage Alerts
To edit a Usage Alert, just click on the Usage Alert that you want to edit.
For instance, let's say that you want to edit your "High Flow Leak" alert so that it only notifies you if water runs at a flow rate of 10 gpm for more than 10 minutes.
As you can see below, we just need to change "Leak Duration" to "10 minutes" and change "Flow Rate Above" to "10 gpm" and click "Save".
Deleting Usage Alerts
You can delete any of the Custom Alert Rules by doing the following:
- Slide the rule that you would like to delete to the left
- Click the red "Delete" button
You can not delete the "Flume Smart Leak Alert."
Adding New Usage Alerts
To add a new Usage Alert, simply click on the "+" sign at the top of the page.
Away Mode Rule Setup
If you are leaving your house, and you don't expect to be using any water while you are gone, you may want to set up a rule for Away Mode. This will notify you if any water is running for more than a couple of minutes. This could be very useful for vacation homes. Below is a good criteria to use for Away Mode.