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Leak Detection: Preventing Catastrophic Damage Before It’s Too Late

Posted by Joe Mundell on Sep 29, 2021 5:31:58 PM



Leak Detection Preventing Catastrophic Damage Before It’s Too Late

Imagine this; a surgeon is performing life-saving surgery, researchers are in a lab and about to make a breakthrough discovery, and nurses are providing critical COVID-19 patient care when your basement data center begins to flood. Equipment starts to shut down, electrical issues spur throughout the building, and chaos is upon everyone. Patients are being transferred, equipment is damaged, and bad news surrounds everything. 

Water leaks are one of the most damaging forms of mishaps that can occur within a hospital or healthcare organization, even though they are one of the easiest to monitor and mitigate. Hospital plumbing systems are often intermixed and may include water and sprinkler piping in addition to heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning piping. Without a proper system in place to monitor water leaks; equipment rooms, data centers, procedure rooms, and so much more are all at risk from installation deficiencies, improper welding of fittings, and freezing pipes.

What Is Leak Detection

Leak detection is the process of installing sensors within a facility to continually monitor the risk and potential for a water leak. Water leaks can cause catastrophic damage to a hospital’s facility and take a lengthy amount of time to repair. From surface-level finishings like carpeting, drywall, and flooring to costly and critical equipment and data centers - it is wise for hospitals to have a system in place to prevent this damage from happening. 

How It Works

Sonicu can help. To begin, we recommend determining all of the critical rooms within your organization that could benefit from a leak detection system. These usually include things such as data centers, equipment rooms, and storage areas for important assets. This ensures that your organization is monitoring and protecting what matters most.

Installing a Sonicu leak detection system is as easy as 1-2-3 and can be done in minutes! Simply ensure you have all the required hardware on hand and follow our guided Implementation Wizard that walks you through the installation of sensors, as well as setting up alarms and notifications for staff. Because of our sensor’s wireless capabilities, anyone can install a leak detection system - regardless of technical expertise! No complicated configurations or wiring is needed, and the installation process is as seamless as booting up a new smartphone or device you’d buy from a big-box retailer.

Sonicu isn’t meant to replace your current maintenance or facilities teams, but rather act as a support tool to continually monitor things they shouldn’t have to. Our software system, SoniCloud, comes with alarm notifications that alert staff when issues arise, customizable schedules that are programmed around employee shifts to ensure the right people receive notifications at the right time, and tiered alarming that pushes notifications further down the chain if issues arise and aren’t handled in a timely manner. All of these features ensure that your facility is staying safe, and more importantly - dry!

Interested in Leak Detection?

Of course, there are things hospitals can do for preventative maintenance to reduce the risk of a water leak. These can include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • Exercise domestic water control valves annually to dislodge corrosion or sediment that will ultimately cause it to seize 
  • Check and clear HVAC condensate drains monthly to ensure proper drainage
  • Check and clear roof drains monthly to prevent potential water damage
  • Test sump pumps quarterly to ensure that if an emergency arises, your facility is ready
  • Regularly check the connection of dissimilar metals that are prone to corrosion

If you’re looking for a reliable and trustworthy partner to handle your hospital’s leak detection, contact us below to learn more. 

Topics: Room conditions monitoring