LeakAlertor 6000: Your first line of defense against toilet leaks and overflows

LeakAlertor #6000

Your first line of defense against toilet leaks and overflows.

LeakAlertor 6000
Basic Installation

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Alerts 

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Resetting the Unit

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Changing the Battery

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Testing the Unit

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Icon of a person with a question markHave you ever asked yourself…

  • Why did my water bill go up so much?
  • Why do I always have to jiggle the handle to get the water to stop?
  • Why does my toilet sound like it’s running (when I haven’t even flushed it)?
  • How much water will I waste if I didn’t install the new toilet parts correctly?
  • Should I use chemical cleaners or dye tablets in my toilet?

Icon of a LeakAlertor deviceWhat is the LeakAlertor 6000?

The LeakAlertor is a smart device that electronically monitors your toilets for leaks, imminent overflows, and other water wasting problems.  The LeakAlertor identifies the faulty part then  alerts you both visually and audibly to toilet overflows, leaking flappers, or stuck wide-open flapper/flush valves BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE BATHROOM.

Icon of a clipboard with money sign and checkmarkFeatures

  • Installs in seconds – no tools required!
  • Fully automatic – no setup necessary!
  • Works on all tank-based toilets!
  • Visual & audible alert systems
  • Replaceable battery
  • Conserves water & saves money

Icon of radar detectionLeakAlertor can detect:

  • Wide-Open/Stuck Flappers
  • Toilet Overflows
  • Leaking Flappers/Flush Valves
  • Fill Valve Equilibrium
  • Tank Leaks
  • Water spilling into the overflow tube

How does the LeakAlertor 6000 work?

The rise and fall of water inside the tank is the heartbeat of a toilet. The rate at which the water rises and falls, under varying conditions, determines the health of the toilet. The LeakAlertor is a diagnostic tool used to monitor your toilet’s health. In the simplest terms, the LeakAlertor uses complex mathematical functions to determine when these changes in water height indicate a toilet leak, wide-open flapper, or imminent overflow on any tank-based toilet. The LeakAlertor then alerts users with simple flashes and beeps.

Wide-Open Flapper

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Leaking Toilets

What is a “Phantom Flush”?

Have you ever heard your toilet periodically make a noise that sounds like the water is running, but it hasn’t been flushed recently? What you’re hearing is called a phantom flush, the unintended and unseen escape of water from a toilet that is not operating correctly.

A phantom flush occurs when water leaks from the tank into the bowl due to a faulty flapper (or another similar failure). As the water level inside the tank goes down, the float drops. This opens the fill valve briefly, allowing it to refill the partially empty tank.

If the failure causing the phantom flush is not corrected, a repetitive cycle of leak…fill…leak…fill is created. This cycle can waste 50 – 200 gallons of water every day, making leaking toilets the #1 cause of unintended water use in the home.

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What causes a “Phantom Flush”?

Below is a list of reasons why the repetitive “Phantom Flush” cycle can occur.

  • Flapper is not sealing properly because:
    • It’s the wrong size or model for your toilet.
    • Something is stuck under the flapper lip.
    • It has deteriorated or warped from hard water and/or cleaning solvents.
    • It is physically defective.
    • It has a pinhole in it.
  • The chain is not working properly because:
    • It’s too short and holds the flapper open slightly
    • It’s too long and gets stuck under the flapper
    • It gets kinked and holds the flapper open
  • The fill valve stops working correctly (leaks or doesn’t fully close)
  • The float height is set improperly
  • Fluctuations in water pressure throughout the day

For more detailed information, visit our FAQs.

In less than a minute you could be on your way to saving money and saving water!!

1)   Remove your toilet tank lid.
2)   Hook the LeakAlertor over the edge of the tank,
making sure the sensors are partially submerged in the water (at least 2 inches)
3)   Replace the tank lid.
4)   Pull the Battery Activation Tab.
That’s It!!!

Installation of the LeakAlertor

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What do the Alerts mean?

*DURING the entire flush cycle the LeakAlertor will flash/beep to give you a status indication.

Alerts Flashes/Beeps Diagnosis Action Required
Green alert circle Continuous Flashes No problem! No action required!
yellow alert circle Flashes (after all other alerts) Battery is low and needs to be replaced
red alert circle 2 Flashes + 2 Beeps Toilet has a leak Repair necessary.
Replacing flapper is recommended
1 Long Beep + 2 Short Beeps, Followed by Flashes Faulty fill valve Replace fill valve
(Fluidmaster 400 fill valve is recommended)
Continuous Flashes + Beeps Flapper is stuck open or toilet is about to overflow Shut off water to toilet immediately!!
(Alert won’t stop until the problem is corrected or reset button is pressed.)

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LeakAlertor® 6000 Battery Replacement Instructions

Be sure to check out the 1 Minute Video Instructions at www.leakalertor.com

Materials needed:
• CR2032 Battery (available at most hardware stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores)
• Flat-bladed screwdriver or butter knife
• Toothpick (or other similar small, non-metallic object

  1. Press the reset button to place the unit into the RESET mode, then remove unit from the tank.Step 1 of battery replacement
  2. Remove the back of the enclosure by lightly pressing a screwdriver or butter knife through the front slot. Remove the board from the enclosure. (Do not use the sensors to pull the board out of the enclosure!)battery-2
  3. Remove the old battery with a toothpick and slide the new battery into place with the “+” side facing UP. (The unit will automatically go into RESET mode.)battery-3
  4. Place the board back into the enclosure. Reattach the back so the circular notch faces inward and to the left.battery-4
  5. Place the unit back onto the toilet, and replace the tank lid.battery-5

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Dye Tablets

5 Reasons why dye tablets are not accurate:

The LeakAlertor takes away the frustration of high water bills, and saves you money! Unlike dye tablets, the LeakAlertor is constantly at work checking for silent leaks, wide-open flappers, and faulty fill valves. It alerts you before you leave the bathroom with a “beep” and blinking LED during the flush cycle.

1) Errors are made in using dye tablets.
Often times, dye tablets are used incorrectly. Some people have mistakenly put the tablet in the toilet bowl rather than the toilet tank…test ruined! Some have put the tablet in the tank, and flushed the toilet immediately…test ruined! Some people drop the tablet in the tank, but then walk away and forget…again, test ruined!

2) Not all toilet leaks are caught by dye tablets.
Dye tablets can only detect one type of leak – a leaking flapper – and only if it’s leaking at the time of the test. However, stuck flush valves, wide-open flappers, phantom flushes, and running toilets are all common leaks not detected by dye tablets.

3) By the time you use a dye tablet your toilet may have already been leaking for weeks, or even months.
Often times, homeowners don’t realize a toilet is leaking because they think a leak should mean there is water on the floor. However, the most common leaks occur either at the flapper, or where the tank and bowl connect. These leaks occur inside the toilet, and are almost always invisible.

4) Intermittent leaks are often missed by dye tablets.
Just because your toilet isn’t leaking at the moment of testing doesn’t mean it wasn’t leaking an hour ago, or won’t be leaking an hour from now. Also, when a flapper first begins to leak, the amount may be too small for dye tablets to detect.

5) It’s not easy to get dye tablets.
Few hardware stores actually sell them, and it’s a hassle to contact your water utility for free tablets. You can buy them on-line, but you have to pay for shipping and wait for them to arrive. Meanwhile, your toilet continues to leak, and your water bill gets even higher!

7 Reasons why the flapper/flush-valve won't close:

1)  The flapper is “stuck” to the overflow pipe.
One observable symptom: it is not bobbing or floating in the water, regardless of the water height, and appears to be partially or fully upright.

2)  The chain is tangled.
A chain link can get stuck on the metal clip or loop over the top of the lever arm. Although an improper chain length causes many of these problems, “slapping” the flush handle can also cause the chain to hang up.

3)  A clogged drain/obstructed pipe produces back pressure through the flush valve seat.
The obstruction doesn’t allow the water level inside the tank to drop low enough for the flapper to seat properly. In this instance, the flapper appears to “hover” in the water above the flush valve seat. A clogged or obstructed drain pipe is the most common reason for toilets to overflow the bowl.

4)  A “universal” replacement flapper is purchased.
When a “universal” replacement flapper is purchased, it does not seat properly on the flush valve. Flappers should be purchased according to the type of flush valve used because universal flappers can leak and/or fail to seat up to 50% of the time.

5)  The flush handle/lever is old, defective, or “sticking” to the inside of the toilet tank.
Old or defective equipment can result in the flapper being held open.

6)  The flapper hinges are weakened and/or degraded.
This allows the flapper to slide to the side and not seat properly on the flush valve. (Note: the water flow from the fill valve can also push the flapper to one side if it is above 60 PSI.)

7)  A flapper’s buoyancy doesn’t become “negative” until the tank completely evacuates.
This does not allow the flapper to seat properly. Although there are several known causes (including toilet design), the most common is a clogged or obstructed drain pipe, which creates back pressure into the tank through the flush valve.


5 Common reasons why wide-open flappers often go undetected:

1)  No one is home to hear it running.
Often times, a person will use the bathroom before they leave their home (or business). In this case, a wide-open flapper would not be detected until the person returned home and realized the problem. This could be hours, or even the following day.

2)  The bathroom is not used frequently.
A wide-open flapper in secondary bathrooms (a finished basement or guest bathroom) can go undetected for days or weeks, wasting a tremendous amount of water and resulting in a high water bill.

3)  Hearing impaired/challenged people may fail to recognize a problem exists.
People with moderate to severe hearing loss may be unable to hear the running water. People afflicted with tinnitus may be unable to distinguish the sound of the running water from their tinnitus.

4)  The sound of the toilet tank refilling is a muted hum.
The initial flush of a toilet is loud, brief, and occurs while the user is still in the bathroom. However, the refilling of the toilet is quieter, prolonged, and typically finishes after the user has left the bathroom. Therefore, the user is unaware when the flapper remains wide-open.

5)  Background noise can easily mask the sound of a wide-open flapper or flush valve.
Examples include central air conditioners and HVAC systems (while the fan is operating); ceiling and window fans; music and/or TV; etc.