Stop Mechanical Room Plumbing Leaks

Don't let a simple boiler gasket failure become a $600k loss.

Undetected plumbing leaks in multi-unit commercial buildings can quickly spiral into a major event, with water spreading to affect multiple tenants and causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Mechanical rooms, laundry facilities, breakrooms and other water-reliant facilities located on upper floors further amplify the potential for catastrophic damage. RDT has the expertise and commercial-grade leak detection solutions to help protect your buildings.

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The Challenge

Stop mechanical room plumbing leaksOwners of a 12-floor, 87-unit condo building in Brooklyn, N.Y. learned this lesson the hard way when a top-floor boiler gasket failed and caused substantial damage to four units below. The approx. $600,000 insurance claim brought additional expense with it, in the form of increased rates and deductibles.

To protect the building from future incidents, the insurance company recommended a plumbing leak detection system with automatic water shut-off. Unfortunately, a second boiler sprung a leak while the head office was reviewing the proposal. The system was ordered with the building’s engineer standing in three inches of water!

Leak detection for commercial buildings

Oversized automatic shut-off valve sizes and plenum-rated electrical components make the RS-080-MK6 an ideal solution for many commercial leak detection applications. Wired sensors were integrated with RSC-900 wireless system technology to provide real-time system status notifications via RDT’s free smartphone app.

The Solution

RDT designed a wide-area system to monitor the building’s mechanical rooms, containing domestic/potable hot water heaters and heating system boilers. A trio of FloodMaster® RS-080-MK6 kits with 2” and oversized 2-1/2” shut-off valves and plenum-rated electrical components cover three key feed points. An additional pair of RS-096-MK6 alarm boxes and a total of 11 wired sensors were deployed to cover an approx. 750 square-foot area spanning the building’s two upper floors.

When a leak is detected, the three valves automatically shut off the water supply. Integrated RSC-900-W wireless technology provides immediate smartphone app-based system notification and allows staff to quickly pinpoint the location of any leaks.

The Result

The system has already paid huge dividends. A month after installation, another boiler gasket let go in the middle of the night. The system quickly detected the leak and shut off the water supply. When staff arrived a short time later, they found the floor dry and the water off. Had the off-hours leak gone undetected, it could have easily resulted in damage that was at least as substantial as the first incident.

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