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Water Leak Detector Prices at Telecom & Utility Facilities

By Haley Zeigler

March 25, 2024

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Water Leak Detector Prices at Telecom & Utility Facilities

In utility facilities, maintaining infrastructure integrity and service continuity is crucial. Water intrusion poses a significant threat, causing damage to equipment, costly repairs, and downtime.

Water leak detectors systems protect against budget-crushing water damage. Let's discuss the high importance of these systems. We'll also review the technology behind them and how to protect your facilities from profit-killing water damage.

We'll also look at typical price ranges so you can plan your investment. You'll be able to calculate ROI to justify your project to management.

water on floor
Don't let a leak escalate to a bigger issue. Implement an effective remote monitoring system that will immediately notify you of a leak. When a leak like this occurs, you will be able to get technicians on-site before flooding can cause damage and downtime.

The Importance of Water Detection in Utility Facilities

Water intrusion has many causes. This includes natural disasters like floods or infrastructure malfunctions like leaks. It can even be simple condensation forming in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The effect of water contacting your electrical systems, control panels, and other critical components can vary. It can range from minor problems to catastrophic failures. Here's why water detection is crucial:

  • Preventing Equipment Damage: Water and electricity are a bad mix. By detecting water early, facilities can prevent short circuits and corrosion in electrical components, preserving both the equipment's integrity and its operational lifespan.
  • Avoiding Operational Downtime: Even a minor water incident can lead to significant disruption to your operations. Early detection allows you to fix the problem quickly, ensuring that services remain uninterrupted. Think about how important your services are for your users and customers. You might work in telecom, 911, power, rail, emergency radio, or other vital sectors.
  • Minimizing Financial Losses: The cost of replacing water-damaged equipment and the lost revenue from downtime can quickly accumulate. Water detection systems give you a proactive way to avoid these expenses.

Overview: Water Detection Systems

At their core, water detection systems alert you the moment unwanted water accumulates. You can then rapidly respond to mitigate potential damage. These systems vary in complexity. Here's what you need to know about water detection:

How Water Detection Works: Most water detection systems utilize sensors placed in strategic locations (esp. low areas like floors) prone to water ingress. These sensors monitor for any presence of water and. Upon detection, they trigger an alarm or notification system to alert personnel.

Benefits of Water Detection:

  • Early Warning Capabilities: You can take immediate action to prevent damage.
  • Automated Responses: Some systems can automatically shut off water supplies or power to the affected area. This minimizes the potential harm to your facilities.
  • Peace of Mind: You want to know that your facility is protected around the clock. Water detection is only one part of a quality remote site monitoring system, but it's a hugely important one.
RTU and sensors diagram
Deploying an RTU at your site gives you access to real-time data and alerts for a variety of values, including floor water detection.

Real-Life Application: Caribbean Cable Company

Water detection systems are adaptable to various settings, each with its unique challenges and requirements. Some organization that I've dealt with at DPS have learned over time the value of highly specific water detection.

One Caribbean cable company told us about their response to Hurricane Irma. They had floor water sensors, water sensors at 2 feet, at humidity sensors in our NetGuardian RTU. They were able to watch the site flood and know exactly what was happening.

Good monitoring can't stop a big natural disaster, but it allows you to respond most effectively. You must use the resources you have to minimize failures and accelerate recovery.

Implementing a water detection system is a strategic investment in your facility's resilience and reliability.

Next, let's look into the cost-benefit analysis. We'll talk about the tangible savings that these systems offer. I'll also guide you through the implementation process.

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Implementing water detection systems in utility facilities represents a significant upfront investment. However, the long-term benefits and potential savings will almost always far outweigh the initial costs.

Here's a breakdown of the financial implications of water detection systems:

  • Upfront Price & Install Expense: This includes purchasing the water detection equipment, installation, and any necessary infrastructure modifications. Prices vary depending on the size of the facility and the complexity of the system.
  • Return on Investment (ROI):The ROI of water detection systems comes in primarily from the avoidance of potential losses. This includes expensive equipment repairs, downtime, and interruptions to services.
  • Equipment Protection: Avoids the costly replacement of water-damaged equipment.
  • Operational Continuity: Reduces downtime caused by water damage, maintaining your revenue generation and/or public safety.
  • Insurance Benefits: Facilities with advanced monitoring systems often qualify for lower insurance premiums due to reduced risk.

Real-world incidents have shown the same fact many time. Facilities with water detection systems in place have avoided tens (or hundreds!) of thousands of dollars in damage. This demonstrates your ROI for water detection.

NetGuardian G6 832A RTU monitoring a variety of sensors
An RTU like DPS Telecom's NetGuardian G6 832A will notify you as soon as it detects water on the floor.

Price Example: Floor water sensor & a reliable small RTU

Integrating a simple floor water sensor with a NetGuardian Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) will let you detect water damage. Here's how it works:

  • The water sensor is typically at the lowest point where water could accumulate. Water leaks complete a circuit that sends a signal to the NetGuardian RTU. Simple discrete sensors like this one often cost less than $100.
  • NetGuardian RTUs are equipped with contact closure inputs. These will register this type of binary (on/off) signal. The moment the sensor detects water, it "closes" the circuit. This change of state is registered by the RTU.

From there, the NetGuardian RTU can be configured to respond in either (or both) of two primary methods:

  • Web-Interface Alarm Display: The RTU's web interface, accessible through any standard web browser, will display the alarm. This visualization makes it straightforward for personnel to see the status at a glance. It indicates precisely when and where water is detected.
  • SNMP Reporting: For integration with broader network management systems, the RTU can also send an SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) trap to your centralized SNMP manager. This alert streamlines your response by notifying the relevant system or team that can take immediate action.

High-quality RTUs range from about $800 to $5000 (USD). The simple contact-closure monitoring in this example is available on even the smallest NetGuardian RTU.

The combination of a simple floor water sensor with the sophisticated monitoring capabilities of a NetGuardian RTU provides a complete solution. It offers immediate, localized detection of water ingress. It also alerts personnel or systems that can take prompt action. This safeguards your facilities against water damage.

How to Build a Water Detection System with DPS Telecom RTUs

Let's now analyze how DPS Telecom's approach, devices, and sensors align with our previously discussed water detection strategies:

Enhanced Monitoring with Quality RTUs

The compatibility of water detectors with quality Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) is essential for effective monitoring. RTUs like the TempDefender IT and NetGuardian family are crucial for:

  • Immediate Alerts: Ensuring that facility managers like you receive instant notifications about potential water intrusion, enabling rapid response to mitigate damage.
  • Versatile Communication: Good RTUs offering multiple alert methods. These include email, SMS, and voice alerts. This ensures that important warnings reach you, regardless of their location or the time of day. Of course, you should also be able to filter alarms by severity. You want to avoid getting needlessly woken at 2AM for a minor issue.

Comprehensive Protection Beyond Water

You also can't forget the importance of a system that monitors more than just water threats. The integration of temperature, humidity, and motion sensors alongside water detectors creates a comprehensive environmental monitoring solution that:

  • Offers flexibility: By supporting a variety of sensors, you can customize your monitoring systems to address specific vulnerabilities, enhancing your overall protection. This can include temperature, humidity (related to water leaks, of course), vibration, air flow from HVAC vents, hydrogen sniffers, smoke detectors, and many more important sensors.
  • Prevents a wide range of threats: A good RTU and overall monitoring system will protect you against a broader spectrum of potential problems. These range from overheating equipment to failed HVAC systems to unauthorized door access.

Don't Forget the Importance of Quality and Durability

Although it's tempting to choose a low-priced monitoring system (some RTUs are available for under $800), you shouldn't skimp on this important protection. By choosing proven and durable equipment, you get long-term reliability. High-quality monitoring products are less likely to fail, ensuring consistent monitoring and protection of sensitive equipment.

You Must Install Water Leak Sensors at Your Remote Sites

Water detection systems offer a proactive approach to protecting your facilities from the potentially devastating effects of water damage.

By understanding the importance of these systems, you know you need to act. By considering the cost-benefit analysis, you know how to justify a purchase. By following through with strategic implementation and maintenance, you'll safeguard your operations against unexpected water damage.

Your initial investment in a water detection system is a wise decision. It pays dividends in protection, peace of mind, and financial savings over the long term.

DPS Will Help You With Your Monitoring Project

If you have any monitoring project, including one that is partly focused on water detection and sensors, call us. DPS engineers are ready to help you. Give us a call or send us quick message on this website to get started now.

Call DPS at 1-800-693-0351 or email sales@dpstele.com

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Haley Zeigler

Haley Zeigler

Haley is a Technical Marketing Writer at DPS Telecom. She works closely alongside the Sales and Marketing teams, as well as DPS engineers, resulting in a broad understanding of DPS products, clients, and the network monitoring industry.