My husband put together a nifty little drip irrigation system for some of our indoor plants that uses a fountain pump and microtubing out of a bucket reservoir. I’ve been using a Zwave switch to turn it on for 3 minutes in the morning and 3 in the evening for... well, almost a year now. Worked well on the Wink, where I had an extra layer of “off” commands in case the first off command didn’t go through.
When I ported everything to Hubitat, I decided to live on the wild side and see if a simple automation rule for the morning and a simple automation rule for the evening would do, without the extra “off” commands.
Worked well for a week, and then tonight it didn’t turn off, and I had a little overflow to clean up lol. Thankfully it’s not on carpet.
So, I created two more simple automations with the singular purposes of sending one more “off” command to be safe, one in the morning and one in the evening. I also created a notification that should nag me every 5 minutes on my phone if it’s been running longer than expected.
Is this a good way to ensure our little hobby garden doesn’t flood? Is there a better way to ensure that a Zwave device goes on and off as scheduled? There wasn’t anything in the logs, but I also didn’t have debugging on for that device. I do now.