Leak Detection Equipment Installation
Fuel leak detection equipment is installed around diesel fuel tanks, diesel generators, fuel piping, and other devices to sense when hydrocarbons are present. Depending on the specifics of the generator room, sometimes diking off an area to contain the liquids may be necessary, to ensure that any leaks that arise are kept in a small area so that they can be cleaned up and controlled. Leak detection equipment also needs to be powered from an electrical panel that is backed up by the emergency generator or on an emergency circuit of some type.
Leak detection equipment is unlike the gas alarm or smoke detectors we have in our homes to sense parts per million levels of natural gas, propane, and other dangerous gases such as butane, methane, carbon monoxide. From Home Depot, we can purchase all kinds of combustible gas leak detectors to keep our families safe. Since we need to worry about explosive gases and toxic gas around our homes, the importance of detecting natural gas leaks from the gas lines or gas pipes is becoming more important each day, and there is gas detection equipment and carbon monoxide detectors for those.
What is the best GAS leak detector?
Leak detection equipment comes in various styles and configurations. Some use a rope like cable which senses that hydrocarbons are presents and the detector measured enough to trigger an audible alarm. Other leak detection equipment will create a dike around the generator, block off any floor drains, and find the low point in the room to install a float switch to activate whenever fluid fills the containment area, which then triggers the audible alarm at the leak detection module.
The best leak detector is one that quickly signals to the building engineer or security staff that a leak is present and needs immediate attention; and also one that contains any fuel leak as best as possible. LionHeart uses a lot of products from TraceTek by Raychem and Perma-Pipe, but the specifics of the installation will be custom tailored to your application and your facility. Some leak detection monitoring devices will have the ability to include alarm contacts for integration to your Building Automation System (BAS)
How do you detect a GAS leak?
A leak is detected when the cable senses a hydrocarbon liquid on the sensing rope / cable and sends a signal to the leak detecting module. Leak detection probes can also be utilized with the dike system to also contain the fuel leak, should one occur, and alarm the leak detecting module.
When using the sensing cables, they will become damaged when a hydrocarbon liquid comes in contact with the rope, and the section of cable will need to be replaced with new. LionHeart prefers to supply spare cables with each installation so that cable sections can be replaced in the event that fuel or oil contacts the leak detection sensing cable.
Why is leak detection installation recommended?
Most of the time, when LionHeart receives a request for leak detection installation, this originates from a building insurance company, such as FM Global, audit. The installation of leak detection equipment, or other recommended equipment, will typically offer lower building insurance costs or point credits on your insurance review. Furthermore, the system can help you quickly identify leaks within the hoses, fuel piping, and fuel tanks within your facility. Fuel leaks that are left unattended for any period of time can cause extreme amounts of damage and financial costs for cleanup and repair efforts, which is why identifying any leak very early will save time and money when the system is activated.
Often these leak detection installation requests are accompanied by recommendations for installation of stainless-steel braided fuel lines to replace rubber hoses and a temperature actuated fuel shutoff valve. Each of these items can work together to ensure the risk to your facility from a fuel leak on the generator system is minimized. Doing so can help give you, your facility staff, and your insurance company peace of mind knowing that 24 hours per day, seven days per week, your diesel fuel system and generator are monitored for leaks. LionHeart can address each of these concerns as a project together or separate them individually based on your needs and specific application.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fines and fees, cleanup crews, and repairs to equipment can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars and the longer the leak is left unattended, the more expensive the project becomes, not to mention the loss of product (diesel fuel) that will need to be replenished. Depending on the scope of the leak, rental fuel tanks or generators, with temporary fuel piping may be required to keep the critical electrical loads, normally backed up by the generator, supported by a second source.