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Subject: Water sensors

Water sensors

From: William Real <realw>
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 1996
Shelley Sass <sass [at] is2__nyu__edu> writes

>Has anyone had experience with the usefulness of water sensors for
>the early detection of leaks, burst pipes, etc.?

We have had some success with a relatively simple and inexpensive
system called TraceTek.  It is a wire that when wet sends a signal
to our central security console.  Our system does not pinpoint the
location of the leak but does indicate the room or area where the
alarm is being triggered. The system has definitely worked for us in
several areas.  Disadvantages include:

    1.  The system cannot reactivate until the wire is completely
        dry again, and

    2.  eventually, the wires can fail and have to be replaced
        entirely. We just replaced one section after about 5-6 years
        of use.

Readers who want more information can contact me directly.

William A. Real, Chief Conservator
The Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213
Phone:  412-622-3267
Fax:  412-622-1979
Alt fax:  412-622-3112

                  Conservation DistList Instance 10:14
                 Distributed: Thursday, August 1, 1996
                       Message Id: cdl-10-14-004
Received on Tuesday, 30 July, 1996

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