While early water leak detection in any stage of a construction project is crucial, as we explored in our previous blog, prevention should always be the ultimate goal to safeguard the longevity and stability of the work at hand. If you’re keen to boost CIREG compliance and reduce the likelihood of impact on budgets, timescales, and reputation, here are some of the key proactive measures to consider…
1. Regular inspections: Implement a comprehensive inspection schedule to proactively identify potential areas that may be prone to leaks. Regular checks on plumbing systems, fittings, and connections can nip potential leaks in the bud from the outset.
2. Proper drainage: Ensure proper drainage systems are in place to redirect excess water away from the construction site. Adequate grading, well-designed channels, and effective waterproofing can prevent water accumulation and reduce the risk of leaks.
3. Quality materials: Opt for high-quality materials and equipment during all phases of construction. Investing in durable pipes, fittings, and waterproofing membranes can significantly reduce the chances of leaks and subsequent damage.
4. Training and awareness: Educate construction site personnel about the importance of water leak prevention and early detection. Promote a culture of vigilance and encourage reporting of any signs or suspicions of leaks. Well-informed and trained workers can be the first line of defense against water leaks — take full advantage.
5. Proactive maintenance: Establish a preventive maintenance program that includes routine checks, cleaning, and maintenance of plumbing systems and infrastructure. Regularly inspecting and maintaining equipment can catch even minor issues before they escalate into major leaks.
6. Powerful technology: Gone are the days of relying solely on manual inspection for leak detection. Technology has brought us innovative solutions that can swiftly identify and locate water leaks, ensuring proactive measures are taken. Here are a few cutting-edge techniques:
- Thermal imaging: Using infrared technology, thermal imaging can detect temperature variations caused by hidden leaks. By identifying these discrepancies, construction site managers can pinpoint the exact location of the leak, enabling swift repairs before significant damage occurs.
- Acoustic monitoring: Ultrasonic leak detection devices listen for the sound of escaping water. These devices can identify leaks behind walls, underground, or within pipe networks. By identifying leaks in their early stages, managers can act quickly to prevent further damage.
- Water flow monitoring: Smart water flow monitoring systems provide real-time data on water consumption, identifying anomalies that may indicate leaks. By continuously monitoring water usage, construction site managers can swiftly address any issues before they escalate.
An insight into Waterguard’s water leak detection systems
At Waterguard, our approach revolves around placing our systems at a property’s water entry point. By accurately tracking water flow from the first touch point, using volume sensors or sonic recordings, we detect abnormalities swiftly.
Our water leak detector systems promptly cut off the water supply through a solenoid valve, mitigating risks and reducing wastage. With customisable parameters and operational features, our adaptable systems cater to individual requirements, including maximum override time and building occupancy schedules.
Fully CIREG compliant when installed with isolation valves, our Waterguard SiteGuard+ is the holy grail for a whole host of our customers in the construction industry.
Get in touch, to learn more about our intuitive water leak detection range today, and discuss your site’s unique requirements.