Water leakage or flooding happens, and it is not usually until something or everything is ruined, that the leak is discovered. Sometimes it will be a slow water leak from air conditioners or other equipment, and other times it can be related to extreme weather or infrastructure issues with pipes and water mains. No matter the cause, these situations are rarely predictable and can be very destructive.
If you determine you may be at risk of water leaks or have experienced flooding before, it would be wise to look into a water leak detection system that can alert to the issue right away. In this post we will show you how to install a water leak sensor for your situation.
Water Leak Detectors for Home Use
At home, the majority of water leaks occur in basements, near water heaters, from loose pipes or flooding from sump pumps during heavy downpours. If you know your home is prone to water leaks or flooding, or if you have a second home or vacation property that is not used regularly, a water leak detection system can save you a lot of money. Water leak sensors are best placed underneath leak prone equipment and in low-lying areas of the basement.
A spot water sensor is used to detect pooling water and is best placed directly beneath equipment or in low-lying areas.
Rope water sensors are best placed around the perimeter of basements walls, and around sump pumps to detect the early signs of basements flooding. Water leaks from dishwashers can also be a common cause, and result in damage to ceilings below and structure of the house. A rope water sensor underneath the dishwasher will alert you in the event of a water leak.
Water Leak Detection Sensors for Server Rooms and Data Centers
The most common reason for water damage and flooding server rooms and data centers is from leaking CRAC units located in the server room. The best way to manage this is by deploying a spot water sensor underneath the drip pan of the CRAC unit.
If water does fill the pan and begin to leak underneath, the spot water sensor will trigger an alert to be sent via email or SMS text message to the right people who can address the situation.
Raised floors, used sometimes in server rooms or data centers are also particularly vulnerable. Using raised flooring can be a great way to increase airflow in the room and concealed cables and wires beneath floor panels although this approach makes monitoring their physical status difficult. Cables may be soaking in water for a long period before anyone notices.
It is recommended if you have raised floors, to deploy rope water sensor under the raised floor around the perimeter of the room to alert if water is discovered.
Water Leak Detection for Facility Management
If you own or manage a commercial, rental or manufacturing facility you know that water leaks can mean big headaches with unhappy tenants, damaged property, and expensive insurance deductibles. With most office buildings and spaces being unoccupied overnight and on weekends, the potential for catastrophic water damage, high insurance claims, and reduced revenue is very real. One way to prevent these issues is to set up water leak detection sensors around risk areas. Look for areas where water is present such as bathrooms and other areas at risk such as utility hallways and plumbing walls.
Spot water sensors can be used under specific areas of risk or in low-lying areas to detect pooling water.
Rope water sensors are used to cover larger areas and can even be wrapped around pipes to detect the presence of water anywhere along the rope sensor. At the first sign that water is detected an alert will be sent immediately to the key people in charge.
Water Leak Detection for Restaurants and Cold Food Storage Facilities
The most common causes of water leaks for those in the restaurant and food service is from malfunctioning freezers and fridges, which can develop leaks from thawing of excessive frost buildup or from failing condensers. Water leakage not only has the potential to damage other surrounding equipment but can also lead to mold or contaminated food if not caught early.
Spot water sensors under fridges and freezers will provide early warning to management if a leak happens.
Rope water sensors are a good investment as well to be placed inside of commercial fridges and freezers to detect water leakage or flooding inside where mold buildup and food contamination is of big concern.
Water Leak Detection with email and SMS alarms
Enviromon's SensorHawk liquid detection smart sensors provide 24hr monitoring and alerting for the presence of liquids such as water, battery acid, and fuel. Our sensors are a low-cost solution to detect water leaks and flooding disasters and provide alerts via email and SMS text message.