Using Wet-Detective & Troubleshooting

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The Wet-Detective Bed Pad Alarm System is a bedwetting and incontinence bed pad alarm. It can be used as a behavioral modification system for treating bedwetting or it can be used simply to alert that the pad has become wet, as needed for those with incontinence. The Wet-Detective includes an alarm unit with a removable cable to be used with the Wet-Detective washable sensor pad. Furthermore, the alarm has 4 settings: light only, alert beep, medium alarm, and loud alarm. Slide the switch to hear a sample of each alarm.

wet-detectiveHow to Use

  1. Insert 2 AA batteries (not included) into the battery compartment. When inserted correctly, the respond button will flash. We do not recommend using rechargeable batteries.
  2. Slide the switch to choose alarm setting: light only, alert beep, medium alarm, or loud alarm.
  3. Insert the cable into jack on the side of the alarm unit and attach the snaps at the other end of the cable to the snaps on the pad.
  4. Place the pad on the bed. The wet detection area of the pad covers only about 2/3 of the pad and will not detect wetness on the outside edges of the pad.
  5. The alarm unit can rest on a bed side table, or you can fold out the clip on the underside of the alarm to attach the unit to the bed skirt or another location. Be sure that the alarm unit is not in a location where the cable can become wrapped around the user or can cause someone to fall.

Shutting Off Your Alarm

  1. To shut off the alarm, press the respond button which will cause the alarm to
    “snooze.” The light only, alert beep, and medium alarm settings will have a respond snooze of 15 minutes. The loud alarm has a respond snooze of 1 minute. To prevent the alarm from going off again after the respond time, unsnap the cable from the wet pad and replace with a clean, dry sensor pad.
  2. Before using the wet pad again, clean and dry the pad completely (see washing instructions below). You can also find this in the instructions. 

Washing Your Sensor Pad

Machine wash in warm water. Tumble dry, medium heat. No ironing. Do not bleach. No dry cleaning.

Battery Replacement and Disposal

Replace the batteries whenever the alarm is not functioning or if the sounds are weak. Remember to keep batteries out of the reach of children. Dispose of batteries in accordance with your local environmental regulations. For further details on your local regulations, contact your local disposal or environmental agency. Should you wish to dispose of your Wet-Detective alarm after use, remove the batteries and dispose of the device similar to other non-hazardous electronic waste products.

Having trouble with your Wet-Detective?

wet-detectiveIf you are having any issues with your Wet-Detective Bed Pad Alarm System, we suggest you try these troubleshooting steps & tips first:

  • Replace batteries. Replace the batteries whenever the alarm is not functioning or if the sounds are weak. We do not recommend the use of rechargeable batteries. Be sure to insert batteries as shown on unit. You can  find this in the instructions
  • Ensure the pad is clean & dried completely before using again. See washing instructions. 
  • Check pad placement. Ensure the bed pad is placed underneath the user. 

Our support staff is available to assist with any questions or concerns at 1-865-584-6700 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m Eastern time, Monday through Friday. We can also be reached by email at

Bedwetting Training Information & Tips

When using the Wet-Detective alarm system for the correction of bedwetting, you should use the medium or loud alarm setting. During the course of using the alarm, parents may need to help their child learn to awaken to the alarm. Especially in the early stages of using the Wet-Detective, it is common for your child to empty their bladder in bed and discover, upon going to the bathroom, that there is nothing left to urinate. During the first few weeks, your child should begin to stop the urination stream earlier and will finish urinating in the toilet. Each success will result in smaller wet spots, which will shrink further with continued training. Soon thereafter, the urge to urinate will awaken your child, anticipating the alarm.

After about 1 to 3 months, your child should have periods of uninterrupted dryness. Wet nights still may occur occasionally, so continue to use the alarm until your child has had one month of uninterrupted dryness, and then stop using the alarm.

A relapse is when your child wets for 2 or more nights in a row after a month or more of uninterrupted dryness. If a relapse occurs, begin using the alarm again immediately. Results may vary with each child.