Look Out for These 4 Causes of Water Leaks in Food Packaging Industries
It is not uncommon to hear about water leaks in industries. Industrial buildings stand a chance of suffering water leakages than commercial and even residential buildings. And the primary cause of these water leaks is usually from pipes. But from whatever source the leak comes from, water can be very destructive. And can end up costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars to repair. That is the reason why as an industry, you need to be very keen when working on and maintaining your pipes and mains. In order to avoid more sate of resources its crucial to use leak detection equipment and hence deal with the problem early enough.
Considering that water leaks and seepages rank top of the table of the major causes of industrial building defects, it would not be wise to ignore it. If you can prevent a water leak in your industrial building, you stand a chance of eliminating most of the other building defects. Here are some of the common causes of water leaks in food packaging industries and where they occur.
1. Using outdated technology
You still find that some industries still use obsolete technologies in their drains which are more susceptible to leaks. It is more common for leaks to occur from old pipes and mains than from the current and more effective ones. Most industries try to avoid the high costs of the modern and more sophisticated pipes and drains by sticking to the outdated ones. Even though, these are known to be a lot less efficient compared to the new pipes. The use of leak detection equipment can be helpful in detecting any outdated technology in your industry.
2. Buried and underground pipes or drains
Water leaks and seepage can also occur from defective joints or even pipes that were poorly installed. Movement of building structures, ground or water table can also rupture the underground drains and cause sufficient water leaks. Underground pipes are also prone to corrosion at the junctions with the walls and floors. This ends up making the junctions weak and more susceptible to water leaks.
The buried underground pipes are also prone to attacks from rodents and plant roots which can cause substantial damage to these industrial structures.
3. Through the walls
Industrial buildings are also prone to water penetration and leakage through wall defects like cracks, spalling, punctures, holes, weak points, joints, and even movement of the wall components.
Loosened mosaic tiles and cracked ceramic tiles are also known to be causes of water leakages in industries. Poor cladding and weak water-resisting components are also no good when combating leakages in the industries. Water leakage is also common through the partition walls between buildings or units of pre-fabricated elements.
4. Exposed drain or supply pipes
Drain or supply pipes that are exposed due to improper designs like too sharp bends or insufficient drain diameters are also more prone to leakage. Exposed drains and pipes can also be blocked by sand or rubbish that collects in the system, especially at the bends and traps. Industries are also known to make unauthorized additions to the drainage systems and pipes which can end up overloading the systems. This can also lead to leaks that result from mounting pressure within the pipes.