Wednesday, March 7, 2018

How to Dehydrate the Mold Growing in your Plant

How much water are you letting leak into your facility, under or above your grounds? Do you know when you have a leak?  Were you recently hit with an excessive water bill?

As most of us have experienced at some point either as homeowners or as facility managers, water in the form of leaks or floods can do a lot of costly damage to a facility.  Slow leaks will also lead to the spawning the various kinds of mold such as Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, Aspergillus and Black mold or Stachybotrys atra.  For some people, exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin. Those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions and develop an infection.  As facility managers, aside from the cost of repair, the surprise excessive water bill, we don’t want our buildings to cause our workers to be uncomfortable or to get sick from water leaks.

If you have experienced a costly water bill or you see evidence of leaks throughout your facility, there is a way of preventing this in the future.  Invest in a water monitoring solution.  Install the monitor at your meter(s) that will measure and transmit real time water consumption data 24 hours per day to your devices.  When this is in place you will be alerted immediately to any variances (leaks) that occur.  Gaining complete control of your water usage will provide you with many benefits:

  • Avoid surprise water bill.
  • Lower your company’s water footprint.
  • Quickly detect anomalies in water usage.
  • Tie-in with Building Automation Systems and Building Management Systems.
  • A fast return-on-investment.
  • LEED Recertification - customized reports demonstrating water reduction.
  • Compare facility water usage during peak and non-peak hours.
  • Track water project savings within the building.
  • Use with Cooling Towers to determine lost water to evaporation and drift.

This picture is an example of the dashboard you will be able to access from each of your devices.  It’s taken from WaterSignal’s water monitoring and leak detection system.

Are you interested in gaining control of your water?  Would you like to know instantly when one of your facilities has developed a major leak?  Would you like to be able to examine your historical water usage and compare against your water bill?  If this is of interest to you then please reach out to me for more information.  Please share any thoughts, experiences that you have had with water.


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