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 failures
- Frozen pipes
- Heavy rain/groundwater
- Drain system failures
- Toilet failures
- Water heater failures
- Cooling system leaks
- Sprinkler system malfunctions
These occurrences are not rare. In fact, water damage and mold cost the insurance industry more than $2.5 billion 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 costliest 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 for the presence of unwanted water 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 monitoring device (see Figure 1). The system will alert you with a call, text or email when the sensor detects water. The monitoring device is in constant communication with the sensor so that you can always view the status 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 and 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. These sensors use a water rope attached to the sensor. When water touches the rope, it sends the system into an alarm state. They are ideal for use in homes, businesses and anywhere that is susceptible to flooding.
For really valuable and larger areas like server rooms, it is recommended to link several leak detection ropes along the entire perimeter of the floor and/or along any pipes that carry fluids. You can also place them beneath a raised floor, inside a drop ceiling or in the spaces between floors. By linking up to 10 water ropes together, one water detection sensor can cover up to 100 square feet of floor space.
If you have any questions about protecting your business from water damage, you can reach one of our experts at 877-373-2700.