Electronic Leak Detection

March 23, 2015

Electronic Leak Detection

918430_54320117Many business owners and companies don’t think of leaks and water damage as business interruptions. According to Contingency Planning Research, water damage ranked second behind power outages as the leading cause of business disruption, accounting for 27 percent. Leaks are unintended and undesired occurrences that can happen to anyone, at any time. When there is a puncture, the size and shape of the leak can often be seen. In most cases, however, the size and shape of the leak opening may not be so obvious. Since leak openings are often so irregular, leaks are sometimes sized by the leakage rate, as in volume of fluid leaked per time, rather than the size of the opening. If not treated promptly, leaks can end up costing you thousands of dollars to fix. While water leak detection technologies have been around for years, innovations such as the use of non-conductive polymer cables, provide significant advantages and tremendous cost benefits.

Businesses are starting to at electronic leak detection solutions for protecting their mission-critical equipment and ensuring greater uptime. With the intelligent cable sensor, companies can easily detect single or multiple water leaks in a particular area or areas in conjunction with a zone control panel. Companies typically divide a visible area into several fields and monitor each zone using a multi-zone control panel. Then, the sensing cable is placed on the floor or the sub-floor around the potential leak sources, with each cable monitoring one zone, allowing each area’s sensitivity to be adjusted. If the water or other conductive liquids contact the cable anywhere along its length, the control panel annunciates the water and in which zone the leak is located.

For larger areas, businesses can pinpoint the exact location of the water leak using one continuous length of the sensing cable in conjunction with a “distance read” control panel. Typically, a single cable sensor can be used for up to several thousand feet and is installed throughout the floor or sub-floor around possible water sources. When a leak occurs, the control head annunciates this information and provides a distance measurement within a few feet. This information is cross-referenced with the cable route map that indicates the corresponding location of the leak. The “distance read” system is ideal for larger areas where it is not possible to view the cable, or any water that may come in contact with it, such as large raised-floor areas.

Learn more about zone-based and “distance read” systems by talking to a knowledgeable staff member at HAYNES Plumbing Systems. If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in your monthly water bill or see water puddles forming in your backyard when it’s not raining, there’s a good possibility there’s a broken or damaged water pipe. Water and sewer leaks that occur under the slab of your home or business can go undetected for extended periods of time and are historically difficult to find. Call HAYNES Plumbing systems to get your problem fixed quick and right at 828.254.6141 or visit us online here.


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