Water leakage is a significant concern for all buildings. Water damage is one of the most common business property loss claims. For a ½ inch pipe, average water flow rate based on typical municipal water lines can be 50 gallons per minute.
If there is a water leak, action must be taken quickly to prevent water damage. In addition, leaks or water spills that are not properly addressed can lead to long-term damage from mold growth.
Initially, water leaks may go unnoticed as they may occur in hard to reach or remote locations. Without a sensor, costly resources are needed to perpetually check these locations. Detecting water leaks can reduce repair and remediation expenses. The ultimate disaster from an undetected water leak is a forced unoccupied building.
To protect buildings, there are many areas that need automatic water leak detection. Below is a sample list of a wide variety of potential sources of water leaks:
Titanium provides an easy and intelligent solution with automated water leak detection. The wireless device automatically checks for leaks and sends a notification when a water leak is detected. Having a sensible and smart platform for monitoring water leaks and other environmental conditions makes great economic sense. It is one of the best preventative measures that can be taken for building management.
The water leak detector is a simple and effective wireless device designed to monitor spaces for water leaks and flooding. When water is detected, an alert is sent immediately to building management so that steps can be taken to mitigate. In addition, a water valve can be automatically shut off to stop further leaking and potential water damage.
The water leak detector uses liquid sensing cable technology that can be installed in dark places, such as behind water heaters or dishwashers etc. The cable comes in three different lengths (3’, 6’, and 10’) to suit the application.
Below are some of the product features of the wireless water leak detector:
- Uses liquid sensing cable technology
- Sensing cable options: 3, 6 or 10 feet
- Leak detection response time to transmit is less than 8 seconds
- Operates in dark places
- 64 second heartbeat
- 7-year battery life
- Slim profile for unobtrusive placement (4.3” x 1.5” x 0.9”)
- Operating temperature: -13°F to 145 °F
- Easily mounts with single screw or double-sided tape (not included)
The status of potential water leaks can be monitored in the universal user interface. A line chart shows the leak status for all water leak detectors. A floor plan shows the location and real time status of all water leak detectors. Real time data and historical data can be viewed in the universal user interface.
The water leak detector broadcasts a heartbeat every 64 seconds to confirm the link with the sensor. Should water leakage be detected, a transmission is sent within 8 seconds. When a water leak is detected, alerts can be sent to as many people as needed. It is quite easy in the user interface to enter email addresses for all those who should receive alerts. The alerts can be received on any Smart device that is internet enabled.
Below is an example of a water leak detection alert:
The single most important feature of the Titanium platform is its multi-location, multi-region capability. Typically, one network monitors an entire building.
For multiple networks or multiple buildings, the status of water leak detection can be viewed in the same user interface. With Titanium, this coverage can include hundreds of buildings across many regions. Alerts can be sent from any sensor from any location when a leak is detected.
In addition to water leak detection, Titanium delivers a wide range of intelligent solutions for managing your buildings to provide savings and peace of mind. When the platform is installed for water leak detection, other Titanium functions can be easily added. This is an extraordinary economic benefit. For example, if the user wanted to monitor illuminance, a light sensor can be installed in minutes and start sending data immediately.
In addition to water leak detection, other environmental conditions can be monitored when additional sensors are added to the platform. Titanium can help prevent mold growth by monitoring humidity. Various other methods can also be used with the Titanium platform to control condensation and humidity such as turning on fans, controlling thermostats to increase temperature, monitoring surface temperatures, and monitoring the status of open doors and windows. Titanium provides comprehensive 24/7 environmental monitoring.
Photographic images and video cameras can be added to the platform. Photographic images can be taken to view the area where there may be water leaks. These photographic images are particularly useful for where it is difficult or not economical to install video cameras. If desired, video cameras could also be installed (please see the section on Tyco Cloud Cameras).
Titanium is a sustainable platform. It does not require control panels, hubs, bridges, local servers, extenders, or other types of network hardware equipment. Titanium requires little hardware and therefore reduces e-waste.
Water leak detection is a smart and economical solution to mitigate potential damage from water leaks. There are many benefits to using Titanium for water leak detection:
- Reduce risk of water damage and forced unoccupied buildings
- Scalable for expanded coverage across all facilities
- User interface accessible anywhere with any internet enabled device
- Monitor multiple buildings in multiple regions
- Alerts sent to as many people as needed
- Easy installation
- Operates in dark places with a battery life of seven years
- Reduces e-waste
- Monitor remote and hard to reach locations
- Easily expanded to include other functionality
The Titanium user interface is used for monitoring, controlling, obtaining data, and analysis. Data from the water leak detector can be viewed in the Titanium user interface. Titanium’s well thought out design principles delivers a user interface that is consistent in function, terminology, and appearance resulting in a user interface that is intuitive, friendly, and easy to use.
The Titanium menu has four sections. When the user selects one of the four sections, the menu will expand for additional options. After the user logs onto the user interface, they will see the tabs below on the left:
When the Status menu is selected, the menu expands to show additional tabs. Select the Sensor Data Tab to see the data from the water leak detector:
The Sensor Data Tab has a line chart for each type of data. The Sensor Data tab shows graphs and data for all sensors, thermostats, people counters, and actuators. The user does not need to access different platforms for different types of data.
If the platform does not include a certain type of sensor (e.g., CO2) the line chart will not show (i.e., there are no blank line charts for non-existent sensors). There is no user set-up required for line charts. As soon as the commissioning is completed (which typically takes only a few minutes), the user interface automatically creates a line chart and data starts flowing real time.
The graph below shows real time water leak detection status. The time-period on the line chart can be dynamically adjusted.
When only one sensor is selected, a CSV links appears in the lower left corner below the line chart. Select this link to automatically download the sensor data. By selecting the link for the CSV file, the data can be downloaded for analysis. The data downloaded will reflect the data in the graph. To get a different time-period, go to the graph and select a different start date.
For water leak detection status, 0 indicates no water leak detected and 1 indicates water leak detected.
By hovering the cursor over a line in the graph, a pop-up box will appear and show the name and ID of the sensor and water leak status. By moving the cursor along the line, the data in the pop-up box will update for the appropriate date. By moving the cursor from one line to another, the pop-up box will update for a different water leak detector.
The Multi-Network Data tab looks very much like the Sensor Data tab. The Sensor Data tab shows all data for one network. Typically, one network is equivalent to one building. For installations with multiple networks, it is easy to toggle from one network to another to see different networks in the Sensor Data tab.
The Multi-Network Sensor Data tab shows all data for all networks in one line chart (i.e., no toggling). The Titanium user interface provides the ability to select all or part of the networks for viewing. Viewing data from all networks in one line chart makes it easy to analyze building and environmental conditions across all locations. Furthermore, diagnostics can be conducted across all locations to identify opportunities for operational efficiencies and energy savings.
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