Water leaks can strike at any time of the year, but the fast-approaching winter is when they are most prevalent. Sudden changes in temperature, extreme weather conditions, and starting up heating systems after sustained dormant periods all contribute to this – and unfortunately, the more leaks that take place, the longer it can take to get them fixed as the professionals you need become busy. The answer? Leak diverter kits. Here’s our guide to what they are, how they are used, and, most importantly, how they can save you money.
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What are Leak Diverters?
Industrial leak diverters are available in a range of sizes and shapes, but essentially, they all comprise the same basic components. First – there’s a tarpaulin. This is fixed into place underneath the roof or pipe leak, and it collects the water (preventing it from reaching the ground, your equipment, or stock). Next, there is a funnel of sorts, which is fixed into the tarp and allows the water to drain away. Lastly, there is a hose connected to the funnel, allowing you to direct the water away to a drain, sink, or container.
How are Leak Diverters Used?
Leak diverters are a response tool – once you have established where a leak is coming from, you fit the tarpaulin underneath it with straps attached to the ceiling or walls. You then connect the hose to the funnel, making sure that the other end is emptying into a suitable container or drain.
How do Leak Diverters Save Money?
While you wait for a roof repair professional or a plumber, leak diverter kits let you carry on with business as usual. You don’t need to close your shop, you don’t need to cordon off an area for a bucket to sit in, and you don’t need to shut down production. Additionally, if the leak is likely to impact expensive equipment, machinery, stock, or other essentials, you’ll be saving money by protecting those things. Lastly, slips and falls are some of the most frequent causes of injuries in the workplace, you can protect your staff and customers by ensuring that leaking water does not reach the ground and become a hazard.
What is Available?
You can find leak diverter kits in a range of sizes – primarily relating to the tarp. Most suppliers will be able to provide you with tarps ranging from one to three meters squared, and will typically also include a drum for you to use as a collection tank. Make sure you monitor the tank to make sure it doesn’t overflow, although if you get a larger drum, it should take quite a while to fill up. You’ll also need to consider the size of the hose – if the leak is in the middle of a large room and you need to divert the water over a longer distance to a safe place, then you’ll need a longer hose.
Your final choice is the color of the tarp. For a more discreet option, go for a white tarp, but if you need to draw attention to the leak and the diversion efforts, go for a more eye-catching color, like yellow.