A care home in Crawley East Sussex, suffered from a number of water leaks from several toilet pots in a new build. The problem was only discovered after the corridor walls on both sides were found to be damp and the wall paper started to peel off at floor level.
In order to find the leak all six rooms were taken out of use, the entire corridor floor was stripped back to the concrete slab and the plaster board on both sides of the corridor removed to a height of 50cm. On examination, it was found that water was leaking from a number of badly fitted plumbing joins in each of the six toilet pods. All pods backed onto the corridor walls and over time, dripping water had saturated the corridor floor and walls with water.
To alert maintenance staff in the future of any water leaks within the six toilet pods and the corridor area, we provided an 8 zone alarm system, an SMS text messaging unit, a non-flashing beacon and eight different lengths of water detection cable.
The 8 zone alarm and SMS text messaging was mounted out of sight in a cupboard. The beacon was mounted within the corridor and had to be non-flashing as flashing lights can cause epileptic fits in those who suffer from epilepsy. The SMS text messaging was used to alert maintenance staff of a leak as the alarm units audible warning and alarm lamps were behind a closed cupboard door.
Each of the six toilet pots was fitted with leak detection cable and positioned underneath the pipe work, sink, toilet waste pipe and toilet cistern. The corridor floor was fitted with two zones of water detection cable to raise an alarm if any water managed to find its way into the corridor.
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