High-tech faucet forgives forgetfulness

Automatic shut-off feature can prevent mishaps

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Q: After reading your reply on a question involving a soaked bathroom floor, I wonder if you have any suggestions for a problem that cropped up in my parents' home.My father (he turned 100 in September) is still ambulatory, but has become forgetful. A few days ago, he left the hot water running for several hours in a small guest bathroom. The sink overflowed, and by the time my sister got home and turned the faucet off, there was an inch of water on the floor, soaking the rugs and floor of the adjacent bedroom, and dripping down into the basement below.As I live about 400 miles away, I learned all of this over the phone and advised my sister to employ every box or oscillating fan she could find to help dry the soaked wood upstairs and down below.It's a well-built house with good wood, so I'm not too worried about this particular flood, but the prospect of my dad doing it again is worrisome. Does anybody market a faucet that will stay open only for a limited amount of time -- say five m...