Say goodbye to costly water damage: smart digital solutions make automatic leak detection easy

When considering water damage to property, many people would first think of major events such as flash floods or rising groundwater as the main potential culprits. And although these are real challenges around the world, water leaks can come from many different sources in our homes, apartments or offices.

“Pipes and plumbing fixtures inside a building can produce lots of leaks, small or even invisible, as can fixtures connected directly to the water supply in non-watertight rooms without drains. into the soil, ”explains Richard Drummond, Business Development Director at Danfoss Climate Solutions South Africa. “This could include dishwashers, refrigerators with water dispensers, or coffeemakers installed in a home’s kitchen or an office building’s kitchenette that are causing the damage. Poor quality appliances and installation errors are some of the other causes of the increase in the number of water leaks.

“Whatever the source, moisture damage can have serious consequences for those affected,” he continues. “Hidden moisture damage can lead to moisture, mold and other unpleasant conditions in our buildings, causing health problems. In addition, in many parts of the world, and in Africa in particular, water leaks pose a serious threat to an already limited water supply.

“Today, there are many people who work with water leaks and water protection in buildings – from builders and consulting engineers to plumbers. However, quite frequently we find that building rules have not been adequately explained or communicated to everyone, which means that we often occupy buildings that do not have water protection in place, and this is where the problem begins.

Protecting water is nothing new – the technologies are already there, Drummond says, and solutions to tackling water leaks in homes and businesses could include a process as simple as checking water meters. domestic hot water to measure the pressure loss, which can be used to identify fluctuations in water consumption and thus see when there may be a water leak.

“There are also humidity sensors available that can be strategically placed next to the individual water installation, such as a sink, or they can cover a range of installations via the building’s main water supply.

“If your pond’s water line is leaking, the sensor sends a signal to a control system which triggers an alarm and sends a signal to a solenoid valve, which then automatically shuts off the water, limiting the damage as much as possible. “

As an organization, Danfoss closely follows developments in water leakage control and can provide its customers with advice and services tailored to local conditions. Danfoss solenoid valves meet the highest quality standards and are competitively priced compared to ball valves of the same standard.

The advantages of the new Danfoss solenoid valves include:

  • ECO Brass Housing – ECO Brass does not contain any toxic additives, such as lead and nickel. It also has superior corrosion resistance compared to conventional free-cutting brass.
  • EPDM sealing material – the sealing material fully complies with strict regulations and protects the consumer from bacteria and other dangerous contaminations.
  • Insensitive to dirt – its square frame design prevents dirt build-up.
  • An integrated self-cleaning filter protects the pilot system.
  • Safe functionality in humid environments – available with a full range of coils offering protection up to IP67.
  • The reinforced diaphragm and soft-close design reduce water hammer, extending the life of the valve and pipes, while ensuring the absence of noise in the leak detection system for the end user.
  • One-piece, seamless construction ensures valves are built to last.
  • Wide temperature ranges from 0 to 90 ° C, covering most cold and hot water systems.
  • Compact design for easy installation in any system.
  • High quality and competitive price.
  • Optimized for the prevention of damage caused by leaks, delivered by experts in the field offering a local service.

According to Drummond: “Water damage can be costly, causing extensive damage that is difficult to contain and can be a lifelong problem, even minor leaks leading to long-term problems. The solution, however, can be simple, which not only saves homeowners but also has a significant environmental impact, critical for Africa in particular, which faces some of the highest water risks in the world.

For more information on Danfoss and its solenoid valves for leak detection, visit https://www.danfoss.com/en/markets/water-and-wastewater/dcs/solenoid-valves-for-leak- detection / # tab-overview