Undetected water leaks can have devastating effects on operating systems, building integrity, and even property foundations. Leaks can be expensive to locate and repair, especially with the complexity of modern pipe systems.
Water detection systems should be a priority for new developers. Save yourself time and money by investing in a smart system before you finish your property.
What is the best solution for water leaks?
Water leak detection systems can locate and identify leaks in various water lines, including major water supply networks to smaller irrigation systems and even boilers. Without an efficient system, you could be left digging holes around your property aimlessly trying to find the leak. Unfortunately, if a leak happens underground, the water rarely comes to the surface in the same place as it started. You need a water detection system to pinpoint the leak and address it immediately.
Water also leaks into the building through walls, floors and the roof. Excess can make the building humid, forcing the air conditioning system to work harder and use more energy. Mould can build in as little as 24 hours and continues to grow after the water has dried out. Mould and mildew will ruin your flooring material, wall paint and pose health risks to you.
Not to mention, the loss of water resources – a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release 250 gallons of water in a day.
How to choose a detection method
Detection equipment can be used to scan the ground to locate the leak. Before you invest in an expensive detection system, make sure you have all the information on your property. Consider which method is most appropriate for your development.
Sensors should be fitted in accessible locations for maintenance and repair. Consider a multi-zone detection system to alert you to any equipment faults and water leaks. Install inspection hatches in raise tiles – behind the kitchen plinth is a popular choice.
You will also need to find your water metre when trying to detect a leak. Water flow meters have several applications and can be found in a range of industries and settings.
New tech aid in detecting water leaks
There are various types of water detection systems, from probes, spot sensors to cables. However, flood sensors are the most common as they are affordable and easy to install. They are placed in areas prone to flooding and often near water-based appliances. When they come into contact with water on the floor, they sound an alert.
If you live in a humid climate, consider investing in sensors where you can adjust their sensitivity to water. For colder climates, choose sensors with temperature recognition to notify you when the room is at freezing point, and pipes are prone to bursting.
In industrial environments, acoustic sensors installed along intricate water distribution lines are more common. A distinctive noise is generated when water seeps through a fracture. The leak’s size will determine the sound; for example, a small leak produces a high pitched sound.