A 1/8” pipe crack can leak 250 gallons per day according to waterdamagedefense.com. Imagine the mess you could face on a Monday morning if it happened during the weekend.When a pipe breaks, HVAC or plumbing equipment leaks, or extreme weather happens, you can get unwanted water in your facility. A storm can knock out the power, preventing the sump pumps from doing their job. Condensate pumps can fail. Water supply lines can break. Drains can clog.
Top causes of water damage:
- Plumbing supply system failure
- Frozen pipes
- Heavy rain/groundwater
- Drain system failures
- Toilet failures
- Water heater failures
- Cooling system leak
- Sprinkler system malfunction
These occurrences are not rare. In fact, water damage and mold cost the insurance industry more than $2.5 billion dollars per year. Serious water damage can keep employees and customers away, and can cause ongoing mold problems that put everyone’s health at risk.
Water damage is one of the most costly problems that business owners can face, yet most are unprotected and don’t realize how easy it is to prevent.
Install a water detection system
A water detection system monitors the moisture level in a room, ready to alert you to water damage before it becomes too serious. Time is of the essence to prevent lasting damage. The sooner you know about leaking or standing water, the sooner you can start repairs and clean-up.
The system is made up of sensors that communicate with a wall-mounted monitoring device (see Figure 1). The system can be hard-wired or wireless, and can alert you with a call, text or email. The monitoring device continually logs sensor data in the cloud, which you can always view through the website or mobile app for peace of mind. The initial installation cost will be well worth it if it is able to stop water damage in its tracks.
Figure 1: Water Detection Sensors in Office
Benefits of a water detection system
- Prevent contamination
- Prevent downtime, expenses and time managing cleanup insurance claims
- Prevent property damage
- Prevent or reduce outage events
Place water sensors properly
It’s important to place water sensors in the proper locations. Water tends to puddle at the lowest point of the floor and underneath pipe junctions and air conditioning units. Placing a sensor too high won’t trigger an alarm until after a serious flood occurs.
Spot sensors are available, but the most effective method for widespread water detection is a zone-type water detection sensor. They are ideal for use in homes, businesses and anywhere that is susceptible to flooding.
For really valuable areas like server rooms, you can place leak detection rope along the entire perimeter of the floor and/or along any pipes that carry fluids. You can also place it beneath a raised floor, inside a drop ceiling or in the rafters between floors. Sensaphone offers water detection sensors that can cover up to 100 square feet of floor space. You can also attach up to nine additional water ropes to expand your water leak detection capabilities throughout your facility.
If you have any questions about protecting your business from water damage, you can reach one of our experts at 877-373-2700.