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How to Prevent Leaks in Commercial Buildings

Updated: Aug 17




Anyone who has suffered from a leak knows how important it is to stop them from happening in the first place. Even the smallest leak can result in thousands of dollars in damages!


There are a few different ways that you can prevent leaks from happening in commercial buildings. From installing leak sensors to ensuring that the building is properly maintained, there are a variety of ways you can take action to protect your building from damage.


In this post, we will share the top 5 methods for preventing leaks in commercial buildings.


Preventing leaks in Commercial Buildings


Leaks can cause massive damage if they are not detected. That is why it is crucial to have multiple tools and people in place to help prevent leaks before they happen.


To get started preventing leaks in your building, it is best to perform a risk assessment. You can do this by thinking about the current prevention systems you already have in place. From there, you can start incorporating some additional leak prevention methods.


Here are the top 5 things you can do to prevent leaks in commercial buildings:

  1. Invest in a property-wide leak sensor solution

  2. Prepare a leak "crash cart" containing tools and materials useful to locating, stemming water flow, and cleanup.

  3. Install and maintain weatherstripping around doors and windows, and caulk openings and other potential water entry points.

  4. Perform regular maintenance on your plumbing systems

  5. Educate your employees on what to look out for

You will notice that many of these things on this list are affordable to implement and will likely only take an afternoon or so to complete. Compared with the potentially thousands of dollars it would take to repair damage from a leak, these prevention methods are worth the time and money.


Invest in a leak sensor solution


A leak sensor is a device that is placed in an area where water leaks are likely to happen. The sensor will detect any moisture and send an alert to the building owner or manager so they can take action to prevent further damage.


At Perceptive Things®, we have two leak sensors that can help you detect water leaks before they cause extensive damage to your property.


Droplet Duo™ Leak Sensor


The Droplet Duo™ is a dual-probe water leak sensor has separate wireless alerting technology for each probe. You can think of it as two sensors in one!


Each sensor comes pre-configured for your property, and are a breeze to install. Simply use the 3M adhesive pads for secure attachment to surfaces.



Droplet Pro™ Leak Sensor


The Droplet Pro™ is an industrial-grade IP-67 rated moisture sensor and uses a 3 meter rope sensor to detect the presence of moisture along its entire length. The sensor body has internal magnets, so the unit can be mounted to iron surfaces like mechanical equipment or beams.


With a battery life that lasts 4 to 5 years, you can rest easy knowing your building is being well monitored!



Caulk and seal cracks and openings


One of the best ways to prevent leaks is to caulk and seal any cracks or openings in the building. Caulk is a filler and sealant that can be used to close small gaps. This will help to prevent water from seeping through the cracks and causing damage.


Install weatherstripping around doors and windows


Another way to prevent leaks is to install weatherstripping around doors and windows. Weatherstripping is a material that is placed around the door or window frame to create a seal. This will help to keep both moisture and air from leaking into the building.


Installing weatherstripping can help preventing leaks from coming into your building due to water. This small investment will save you both time and money in the long run. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


Have Regular Maintenance done


Finally, you can have regular maintenance done on your plumbing system to ensure that everything is in good working order. This will help to prevent any leaks that might occur due to a faulty plumbing system.


Educate your employees on what to look out for


One of the best things you can do to prevent leaks is to educate your employees on what to look out for. They should know how to spot potential problems and report them to you so you can take action to prevent a leak from happening.


Even with regular maintenance being done, it is still a good idea to have your employees know to keep an eye out for any potential issues. As commercial buildings can be rather large, even regular maintenance may not be enough to prevent leaks.


Having employees who are well educated in what to keep an eye on is key to ensuring that areas that haven't had time for regular maintenance are not at risk for leaks. Take the time to show them what cracks in a seal looks like and make them aware of potential problem areas.


This is particularly effective if you also have a leak sensor in place. Your employees can help you be proactive about fixing potential issues while the leak sensor can help keep you alerted to potential issues in less visible areas.


Final Thoughts on preventing Leaks in Commercial Buildings


By taking these steps, you can help to prevent costly repairs down the line and help keep your commercial building watertight.


Leaks can cause extensive damage, so it is important to be proactive about preventing them. Investing in a few key tools and educating your employees on what to look for can go a long way towards preventing leaks from happening.


Do you have any tips for preventing leaks in commercial buildings? Let us know in the comments below!




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