Question: Water from our mechanical room regularly leaks through the drop ceiling tiles to the floor below. What can I use to divert the water from leaking onto the floor?
Answer: Leak diverters are a low-cost, usually temporary way to catch and redirect the water that’s leaking from your mechanical room to the floor below. The water can be channeled to a nearby drain or collection container so it doesn’t get to the floor and cause someone to slip and fall or damage equipment.
For leaks and drips between a floor and the ceiling below, ceiling tile leak diverters replace or sit directly above or below the ceiling to catch water or any other liquid. You can also line the ceiling tiles with an absorbent pad that has a leak-proof barrier to prevent discoloring and destroying the ceiling tiles. Ceiling tile absorbent pads are only meant to absorb minor leaks and drips, however, so keep an eye on the area where the leak is to make sure no liquid is coming through the pad.
Keep in mind that leaks and drips left too long with a temporary solution might eventually still damage your facility and equipment and disrupt workers. If possible, come up with a plan for a permanent repair to stop the leak for good and reduce the chance for mold and other air quality issues.
If left unattended, leaks and drips can damage buildings. They can also make floors slick and cause an employee or visitor to slip and fall. While they’re not meant to be a permanent solution, leak diverters can temporarily keep work on track and prevent incidents.