Water Leak Detection
Leak monitoring critical areas
Monitoring for potential water leaks 24/7 is essential in areas where an undetected water leak could pose risks to safety, operations, or the environment.
Key locations for continuous water leak surveillance
Typical locations where our installations are already in place include data centers, computer rooms, technical rooms, historic buildings, large structures, libraries housing paper collections, and art collections.
TraceTek Technology: A longstanding industry standard
Our primary technology choice for these installations is TraceTek, initially developed by Raychem in the early 1980s, and subsequently enhanced by Tyco Thermal Controls, Pentair, and now nVent. TraceTek has achieved worldwide recognition as the industry standard for detecting and preventing liquid media leaks in diverse and challenging environments.
Why TraceTek prevails among competing solutions
Over time, various competitors have entered and exited the market with copycat variants. However, the modular and exceptionally robust design of the TraceTek system has consistently been favored and specified by leading global players requiring advanced and early leak detection in their facilities.
The power of automated faulty detection in TraceTek
One of TraceTek’s standout features, highly regarded in professional settings, is its automatic internal measurement sequence. This sequence identifies and reports faults such as breaks, damage, earthing faults, and connection issues on its own connections and cables. Such incidents are monitored and reported independently from the main system. In larger facilities, dealing with these types of errors becomes routine. This level of nuance and specificity in alarm messages is achievable because the sensor cable employs a sophisticated distributed symmetrical two-circuit system based on semiconducting polymeric material, as opposed to the simpler, traditional single-circuit systems with inherent limitations (most conventional point and strip/tape measurements on the market rely directly on Ohm’s law applied to simple circuits). The increased focus on reducing false alarms and the associated costs, especially when they turn out to be imprecise or erroneous, has become more pronounced in recent times. Additionally, the consequences of ignoring or not receiving water alarms have grown more severe.
The significance of system stability over time
Prioritizing system stability over time in the real operating environment of equipment and sensors is crucial. The need to reduce or eliminate false alarms becomes even more critical as the system ages. Differential measurements in symmetrical two-circuit systems automatically self-calibrate due to their precisely balanced construction, offering significant advantages over traditional single-circuit systems regarding fault detection and deviation throughout the installation’s life. Many systems are often either disconnected or perpetually indicate alarms because of stability issues, grounding problems, or other complications that make operation costly or hinder the identification and resolution of activated faults.
AVA Systems integrated solution for enhanced monitoring
AVA SYSTEM also provides an integrated solution enabling IP addressing of monitoring devices. This allows for remote access and communication through existing Ethernet or even the internet. Additionally, the system can integrate with Safetel’s ready-made solutions, facilitating secure transmission of alarm messages via the established GSM network, a technology commonly used by banks and other institutions.
Places we provide water detection
A data center is a facility designed to house and manage computer systems, servers, and networking equipment essential for storing, processing, and distributing data.
Leak detection technology is crucial in data centers to safeguard against potential water-based threats. Data centers often use water for cooling systems, and leaks can lead to equipment damage, data loss, and costly downtime.
Early leak detection systems like the TraceTek TT1000 cable help identify leaks swiftly, minimizing the risk of consequential damage and ensuring uninterrupted data center operations.
Inside industrial buildings there are always machinery or other technical arrangements that requires liquids of some sort to work. Sometimes liquids themselves are part of the product manufactured. Very seldom an undetected leak is good, or to be ignored over time. Hence, point leak detectors or some means of distributed leak sensing technology put in place. AVA Systems has a variety of different liquids we can detect with our range of detectors, both in point- and distributed set up.
Areas where it may be relevant to have 24/7 monitoring for possible leaks from water are all places where an «undetected water leak» could have consequences for safety, operations or the environment.
TraceTek, the technology AVA SYSTEMS primarily uses in our installations, was originally developed by the American company Raychem in the early 80s and later acquired and further developed by Tyco Thermal Controls, Pentair and currently nVent. TraceTek is used worldwide. It is therefore a tried and tested technology over many years in a number of different and demanding environments. As of today, TraceTek can be proud to have the role worldwide as the »industry standard», and to which it is often referred.
Over the years, several competing players have come (and gone) who have introduced different copy variants to the market. It has nevertheless been shown that the modular and exceptionally robust structure of the TraceTek system has in many contexts been preferred and prescribed by the largest players worldwide who need advanced and early warning of possible leaks from liquid media in their installations.
One of TraceTek’s great advantages, and which is highly emphasized in a professional context, is that the system has an automatic internal measurement sequence for detecting / reporting faults such as breaks, damage, earthing faults / connection faults etc. on own connections / cables, and where such incidents are monitored and notified separately from the system. In larger facilities, this type of error will be part of everyday life that you have to deal with. Such nuance and specification of alarm messages is possible because the sensor cable is built around a more sophisticated distributed symmetrical two-circuit system based on semiconducting polymeric material, rather than a simpler and traditional single-circuit system with its limitations. (Most traditional point and / or strip / tape measurements available on the market today are based on Ohm’s law applied directly to simple circuits.) Increasing number of alarms with associated calls and costs over the operating budget where the alarm later turns out to be imprecise or false has in recent times gained increased focus. At the same time, the extent of material losses and consequences has generally become more serious where water alarms should have been given, but which for various reasons have been ignored or absent.
The importance of prioritizing stability over time in the real operating environment equipment and sensors are in and reduction / elimination of false alarms logically increases dramatically with the life of the system. Differential measurements in symmetrical two-circuit systems have the physical property built in that the circuits, because they are precisely built symmetrically, are automatically self-calibrating in relation to each other. This provides great advantages compared to traditional single circuits for both faults and deviations throughout the life of the installation. All too often, systems are around disconnected, or connected but with a permanent alarm indication because stability problems, earthing problems, or other problems make it too expensive to operate the system and possibly find out and correct the fault (s) that are activated. Technically good and simple solutions combined with knowledge and experience with issues related to installation, the installation process, commissioning and operation are absolutely crucial in these environments with regard to stability and a problem-free functioning warning system throughout the life of the installation.
AVA SYSTEM also offers an integrated solution that makes it possible to IP address the respective monitoring devices. These can then be reached and communicated with via existing Ethernet, possibly via the Internet. The system can also be connected to and use, for example, Safetel’s ready-made solutions. This is, in short, a secure transmission of alarm messages via the established GSM network which, among other things, the banks use.
Places we provide water detection**
The TraceTek TT1000 cable is a specially designed two-circuit leak detection cable built specifically to detect leaks from water and sewer lines, water-based heating, liquid-based cooling systems and water-based indoor fire extinguishing systems.