How to tie into an existing water alarm with an arduino and make it send texts and/or make prerecorded phone calls?
I have a water alarm that I purchased from Lowe’s, part number 117272. It is battery operated and the sensor end is detachable with a 6 foot length of wire. It works very well, but it is not loud enough to be heard 2 stories above, and of course it can’t be heard when no one is home. I live in Colorado and have a full finished basement. An extended water leak in the basement could lead to a giant, unwanted swimming pool. What I want to create is an arduino microcontroller that ties into the alarm sensor and gives me some communication alternatives if the alarm is activated. I have 2 “always on” WiFi access points that are connected to the internet via Centurylink DSL. I have never worked with an arduino, but it looks like I can purchase a shield that provides WiFi capability. Can it be programmed to send out texts or make prerecorded phone calls? Would a different controller be better to use than the arduino? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.