Facilities Information; Davis Family Library

Water Leaks/incursions

Reporting a leak, how to

When a water leak is noticed and it is minor and not causing damage to collections or equipment, report it to Joseph Watson x5487. If you don't reach Joseph, leave him a message about the leak and then contact Facilities Services directly at x5472. If FS is closed (evenings and weekends) call the Office of Public Safety and ask them to reach FS on-call personnel if deemed necessary. Describe the situation giving them all details as needed and realistically indicating the severity of the situation. If placing a basket under the leak until regular FS staff can come during normal working hours will suffice, please do so but inform PS so that they can have the night watch guard check on the leak.

If the water leak is severe and if collections or equipment are at risk, please notify FS or PS as above immediately, making it clear that the situation is dire and FS staff are needed to shut off the water or divert the flow ASAP. Then take actions as necessary to protect items from damage referring to the Emergency Manual section on Flooding and Water Damage for specific procedures.

Storm drain, exterior, overflow

During very heavy rains the storm drains that are just outside of the emergency exits at the bottom of staircases number 1 and 4 have been know to overflow. Instead of water going down them, water was flowing up out of them like a geyser. This problem was severe enough to cause water to flow under the door at the bottom of staircase number 4 and flow into the lower level soaking the carpet in the summer of 2008. This is a known issue. If we receive very heavy rains, it makes sense to check these areas to see if there is a problem and then report it as needed following the instructions in the "reporting a leak" section of this wiki.

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