What are the Highest Risk Areas in My Building?
When installing a water risk mitigation system in a building, there are a few key areas that we focus on during the risk prevention process.
These areas are either more prone to flooding, or contain sensitive equipment that requires an additional level of protection.
Electrical & Mechanical Rooms
Electrical and mechanical rooms are filled with sensitive equipment. Some contain booster pumps and other essential equipment for your water system. It’s highly important to protect the equipment within these rooms to avoid costly repairs or potential equipment replacement.
Between sinks, toilets, and showers, bathrooms are a vulnerable area for floods in any building. It’s important to ensure that there are flood sensors in these areas on every floor to provide protection for lower levels.
Risers contain many of the piping systems that bring water, air, and storm drainage to higher or lower floors within a high-rise as needed.
Specific attention should be paid to risers as part of flood management since they:
-Carry water at high volumes & high pressures
-Are difficult to access, and therefore difficult to repair
-Are expensive to repair
During the water management system installation process, protecting risers requires access to them which can be a challenge during some installs.
Often located at the roof of a high-rise building, cooling towers reject heat from a building as part of the HVAC system. They produce high amounts of condensation, and leaks can occur if there is overrun in the drip trays. Due to their central position on the roof, it’s vital to monitor these drip trays to prevent any potential roof damage.
One of the most potentially costly areas for flood damage is elevators. Since the pits of the elevators tend to be one of the lowest parts of a building, they are highly susceptible to flooding due to broken pipes or storm water.
Once the flood has started, the water can contaminate the fluid needed to operate the hydraulic components of the elevator. There is also a risk that the hydraulic system itself can begin to leak. If this leak goes unattended, the system can fail and cause a massive flood. Although elevator pits are equipped with drains at the bottom, in the case of severe flooding, there is a chance the drain will be unable to keep up with the speed at which the hydraulic system is draining into the elevator cavity.
If the elevator cart itself is damaged by water, specifically the electrical components, the cost of repair ramps up quickly – they can cost up to $500k! Not only that, but any downtime in such a vital component of a high-rise building can decrease customer or tenant satisfaction.
We cater our flood mitigation systems for each client to ensure that you have full coverage that fits your building’s unique needs. Contact us today to learn how we can assess what are the highest risk areas in my building and protect those areas.
Your Connected Sensors Team