Leaks can have detrimental effects on any business.

Repairs can cost a fortune, and it usually is quite a time-consuming process to fix.

Not to mention, it can even risk damage to equipment and all your saved hard work.

That is why it is so important to catch small leaks before they can cause damage.

FMS Integration has spent many years assisting our clients in monitoring services, including Leak Detection Hardware.

We know how important it is to keep everything in check to guarantee your business runs the way you want it to.

Here we will explain how leak detection technology works and how you can implement them to help better and protect your business.

Leaks can stem from many sources. Some include water heaters, drains, external piping, and much more.

Pressurized leaks can be hazardous and go undetected for a long time, as can any normal piping leakage, and degradation can cause breakdowns and lead to leaks.

It can be worthwhile to incorporate some new sensors to help locate any issues involving these places.

What is Leak Detection Hardware?

leak detection hardware types

A leak detector is a sensor used to monitor an area that contains conductive liquids such as water and chemicals.

Different Leak Detection Controllers integrate the sensor data with system users.

Leak Detection Sensor Types

Leak Detection sensors can be a Spot Sensor or a Cable/Rope style sensor.

This works all by monitoring the surface of that area.

Typical systems used in server rooms use an electrical signal to find if any water has come in contact with the sensor.

Leak Detection Spot Sensor

RLE Seahawk Spot Detector - SD-R01

These direct contact sensors can come in different forms. Water leak Spot Detectors become limited to certain areas where liquids will collect.

Leak Detection Sense Cable (Rope)

Seahawk Orange Sense Cable

Leak Detection Cables, known as rope sensors, are ideal for large areas along the floor or piping.

The sensors listed above can connect to a controller for notification.

Notification may be as simple as an audible alarm or a combination of audible and visual status.

With this in mind, other controllers use relays for system integration.

Then more advanced controllers use protocols for email notification or building monitoring system integration.

Leak Detection Controller Types

Leak Detection Zone Controller

RLE Seahawk LDRA6 Controller

Zone Leak Detection controllers use a simple Go-NoGo style of alerting.

They can support one zone or multiple zones for Leak Detection sensors.

They typically use status lights for Normal, Fault, and Alarm conditions.

Utilizing a local Audible alarm for notification.

Dry Contact (relay) outputs for external alarm notification.

Some Zone Controllers use protocol data for intelligent system integration.

Leak Detection Distance-Read Controller

RLE Seahawk LD5200 Distance Read Controller

Distance-Read Leak Detection gives a distance marker to indicate the leak’s location.

They may have a digital readout or a more detailed screen for system information.

Status light/LED for Normal, Fault, and Alarm conditions.

Equipped with a local audible alarm for notification.

Dry Contact (relay) outputs for external alarm notification.

In some cases, controllers have serial ports for Modbus RTU or BACnet MS/TP.

Some controllers have an ethernet port, supporting a webpage, and email (SMTP) notification.

Server open protocols Modbus, BACnet and SNMP

Open Protocols for system integration to third-party monitoring systems.

  • Modbus TCP/IP
  • BACnet IP
  • SNMP

RLE has an Interactive Map feature available on the following controllers.

This allows to embed an image of the application and flashes a marker on the drawing to show the leak’s location.

  • Seahawk LD5200
  • Seahawk LD2100

FMS Integration uses these leak detection tools and methods to help you uncover any leaks before they become problematic.

Don’t Have Leak Detection Hardware? You Should.

On average, organizations spend nearly $500K per occurrence to correct the weather, water, or cooling feature damage.

Leaks can be costly, so better get a jump start with FMS Integration.

We are here to help you and your business stay safe and efficient. Learn more and schedule a consultation with FMS Integration today!