SEATTLE — Wally Labs, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings, has launched a newly designed smart Wally Shutoff Valve that automatically turns the water off when it detects leaks. Sears acquired the WallyHome sensor technology in late 2015 from Seattle startup SNUPI Technologies.
Wirelessly connecting to the Wally Hub, the shutoff valve allows users to turn their main water supply on and off from a mobile device using the Wally mobile app. Users can also pair the Shutoff Valve with Wally's existing Wally Sensor, which, in addition to detecting leaks, monitors temperature and humidity.
“Water damage may fall outside a homeowner's insurance policy. And some items, like photo albums and children's memorabilia are irreplaceable. The good news is that a lot of this can be prevented,” said Ryan Ciovacco, president of Wally Labs and Connected Living at Sears Holdings. “With the Shutoff Valve, homeowners can have peace of mind, because Wally goes beyond simply alerting the homeowner to a potential hazard by helping to stop small issues from becoming larger disasters.”
Some of the Wally system’s key features include the following:
- The Shutoff Valve can be paired with the Wally Sensor and will shut the water off within seconds of detecting a leak. Users can also turn the valve off manually by pressing the button on the valve or remotely through the Wally mobile app.
- There is no need to install a new power outlet or run a long extension cord. The Wally Shutoff Valve operates on four CR123 lithium batteries that can last for two years before needing to be changed.
- When paired with a Wally Sensor, the Wally Shutoff Valve will still operate even if the power or Wi-Fi is lost during a power outage or storm. This is a major advantage over the "hubless" WiFi-only solutions, the company added.
- The Shutoff Valve operates in temperatures ranging from minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and is water- and dust-proof.
- The Shutoff Valve also can be used on gas lines.
- Wally offers an optional centralized monitoring service for its users. If the Wally Sensor detects a leak or extreme temperature, Wally Rapid Response will notify the user and help triage and diagnose the issue. If further assistance is needed, the Wally expert can dispatch a certified plumber from its network of professionals.
- The Wally products are currently used by many commercial enterprises for food spoilage reduction in restaurants and mold and water damage prevention in multi-unit living and office buildings. Wally Pro offers monitoring through Wally Rapid Response, as well as a dashboard for real-time monitoring of multiple units. See more at www.wallyhome.com/Pro.
- The company recommends that after customers set up the Wally Hub and Wally Sensor, they should have a professional plumber install the Wally Shutoff Valve.
- Prices start at $249.99 for the 3/4-inch valve, which is the most common size in residential homes. There are also 1-inch and 1 1/4-inch valves available.
The Wally Shutoff Valve is launching this month.