Leak Detection Lessons Learned at College

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October 15, 2018 at 1:45:00 PM PDT October 15, 2018 at 1:45:00 PM PDTth, October 15, 2018 at 1:45:00 PM PDT

Some say that timing is everything, and in this case we have to agree. Midway through our recent presentation to the Department Heads of a prestigious Midwestern university who had all been assembled to hear our recommendations on leak detection systems, a series of unfortunate events occurred. First, the Head of Residential Life received a text message that there was water coming through the light fixture on the third floor (a hose on the washing machine above had let go). A few minutes later, the Head of Maintenance had to excuse himself because he received a text that the water main above the new computer center in the library was leaking!

What was the outcome? Read on.

It all began when we were recently invited to conduct a campus wide leak detection survey at a distinguished Midwestern university. The Facility Department Manager had contacted RDT, desperate to stem the tide of water damage repairs across the campus related to undetected plumbing leaks of all types and sizes. The challenges of this university were not unique to institutions of higher learning. Namely, aging infrastructure and buildings (some 100+ years old), high volume situations and high demanding users. The college was spending a disproportionate amount of time and financial resources just to keep pace with the ongoing failures. After a tour of the campus, which included student dorms, mechanical rooms, science labs, cafeteria and food service stations, we were able to offer up product solutions to fit their unique leak detection requirements:

  • Wireless RS-360 for monitoring on multiple floors throughout the dorms and student housing apartments
  • Localized RS-096 simple alarms for the science lab sinks and other “wet areas”
  • RS-094’s for water heater installations
  • RS-090’s for the laundry rooms
  • SensorSays cellular notification alarms for the beverage dispenser area in the cafeteria

Understanding the reality of their situation, which was greatly underscored by the 2 leak crises that occurred during our sales presentation, the university took action by developing a comprehensive water damage mitigation plan and investing in the solutions we offered.

Opportunities for leak detection systems are all around us – we just have to know where to look and what systems to recommend. Your RDT team of leak detection experts is here to help you effectively assess your clients’ needs and provide the right solutions.