Water Detection Sensors Prevent Damage and Keep Workers Safe

Water Detection Sensors Prevent Damage and Keep Workers Safe

Stian Færøy
07. Aug 2020 | 6 min read

Water Detection Sensors Prevent Damage and Keep Workers Safe

Much of the world is entering the season of rainstorms. Meteorologists predict an above normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, lasting from June to November. With businesses starting to get back to work after months of managing from home, a flood can become a nightmare.

If a storm causes flooding in your building, you could lose power and need to relocate. That’s what happened in May after four days of heavy rain in the Chicago area flooded the Willis Tower basement.

Many businesses keep stock and supplies in the basement. If a flood occurs, you could end up losing valuable merchandise. Even with flood insurance, waiting for payment and replacements can hold back your business. When electrical equipment gets wet, the damage is not just expensive, but also dangerous.

Water cleanup costs range from $3.75 to $7.00 per square foot. Repairs range from $450 to $7,000, depending on the type of damage. Damage from a burst water pipe, for example, can cost $5,000-$70,000 or more with an average insurance claim costing $15,000. If you end up with “black water” from a sewer back up, or standing water that sits for a long period, costs increase as does the risk of bacteria and disease.

Water Sensors Improve Safety For Workers

Water sensors are part of a proactive maintenance strategy for companies in a variety of industries, including commercial real estate, utilities, stores and supermarkets. Any place where floods or leaks may cause water damage can benefit from sensor-backed monitoring.

Sensors can provide an early warning of underground flooding before it damages equipment or shuts down operations. Because sensor checks happen every few minutes, you’ll be alerted to unexpected events so you can address them right away.

As a result, companies can avoid pumping, which can be expensive and dangerous for workers. They reduce the need for maintenance teams to go underground and work in standing water surrounded by electrical equipment.

This scenario is particularly important for power companies. This is why Elvia, one of Northern Europe’s largest power companies, is conducting a pilot program with Disruptive’s water sensors.


Sensors Detect Refrigeration Leaks in Supermarkets

Finding water under refrigeration units may be a grocery store's first indication that a unit is failing. By the time refrigerators and chillers start leaking, the food inside may have already spoiled and food waste increases.

If a leak happens overnight, a site management team may not know for hours, until the store reopens. They then need to contact a maintenance team for repairs and wait for them to arrive. An entire aisle could be impacted, with tens of thousands of dollars in damage caused by the undetected malfunction of a single refrigeration unit.

The worst way for a grocery store or supermarket to find out about a leak is to have a customer slip on pooling water and fall. No store wants to cause a poor customer experience or risk associated insurance claims, lawsuits, or damage to their reputation. In fact, this type of accident is so common that stores often maintain a budget to address the fallout.


Sensors applied to refrigeration and freezer units allow grocery stores to remotely detect leaks before they become problems. Sensors are small and unobtrusive, allowing them to blend into the store environment. Based on sensor data, facilities managers can pinpoint specific issues within a store or group of stores so they can focus their attention and resources where needed. Potential issues can be caught before they cause damage.

If sensors detect a leak, they can alert site managers and even third-party service technicians to address a failing refrigeration unit right away. Staff can shut down units, clean aisles and quickly move perishable food items so they can continue to sell them.

Instead of multiple phone calls and emails between store employees and external maintenance companies, alerts can automatically generate work orders in Computer-Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) systems. Even if a refrigeration leak begins overnight, a maintenance team can arrive at the store first thing in the morning to fix it.

See How Sensors Can Protect Your Business

Disruptive’s water sensor detects water coming in contact with the front of the sensor. It’s simple to install and deploy, with out-of-the-box alerts. Simply place the sensor where you want to measure. The Water Detector Range Extender Textile Add-on allows the detection of water over a larger area.

The sensor immediately sends events securely to the cloud service through a Cloud Connector (Gateway) via SecureDataShot™ technology. You’ll be notified immediately when water is present. When the water has dried up, you’ll also be notified at once.

Disruptive Technologies provides a secure sensor-to-cloud solution, while our partners provide the final application software and services. Disruptive partners are highly skilled teams of experts that provide all levels of support throughout the entire installation, configuration, and analysis process.

Learn more about Disruptive’s Wireless Water Detector and talk with us about solutions to prevent water damage and keep your workers safe.

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Stian Færøy

Stian Færøy

Stian has managed customer support in Disruptive Technologies since 2018. He has a passion for removing customer pains and maximizing the value they get out of their purchase. Stian has a 15-year background in the tech industry, from software development to leadership. When he's not supporting customers, you will find him gaming and managing the local esports club, where he is president.

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