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Facilities Management & The Importance of Preventing Leaks

Leaks in a facility can be devastating to a business. Not only do they result in costly repairs, but they can also cause significant damage to the structure of the building and to the surrounding environment. As a result, it is essential for Facilities Managers to understand the importance of preventing and dealing with leaks as soon as possible.

What Causes Leaks?

Leaks can be caused by a variety of factors, including plumbing problems, weather events, and structural damage. For example, if a pipe is blocked or corroded, it can cause a leak. Similarly, a building may be prone to leaking if it is not properly insulated or maintained. Additionally, weather-related events such as storms, floods, and heavy rains can all cause leaks.

Preventing Leaks

The best way to prevent leaks is to ensure that the facility is properly maintained and inspected regularly. This includes checking for signs of corrosion, inspecting the roof for damage, and ensuring that all pipes are properly sealed and insulated. Additionally, having an emergency plan in place to deal with weather-related issues such as storms or floods is essential.

Detecting Leaks

Leak detection systems are an effective way to detect and respond to leaks quickly. These systems use sensors to detect moisture in the walls or floors and alert Facilities Managers when a leak is detected. Additionally, water meters can be used to detect changes in water usage, which can also indicate a leak.

Dealing with Leaks

Once a leak has been detected, it is important to take action quickly. The Facilities Manager should contact a plumber to repair any plumbing issues, and the roof should be inspected for damage. Additionally, the area should be dried out to avoid mold and mildew growth.


Leaks can be costly, damaging, and disruptive to a facility. As a result, it is essential for Facilities Managers to take steps to prevent and detect leaks. This can be done through regular maintenance, inspections, and leak detection systems. Additionally, quick action should be taken to remediate any leaks that are detected.

The Bottom Line: Take Action to Prevent and Remediate Leaks in Your Facility