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Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler head. The device provides protection against fire in a room. Maintenance can keep your fire sprinkler reliable and ready for when it is needed

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

Running a successful business in West Whittier, CA, often includes thinking ahead and being prepared for worst-case scenarios. If a fire breaks out, its devastating power can rapidly affect the people, equipment and other important items for operations. For a business with a fire sprinkler system, it can provide peace of mind that quick action will be taken to suppress the fire and reduce damage. To be able to count on it, ensuring it is well-maintained is key.

Inspection Schedule
When the unthinkable happens, you want confidence that your fire suppression system will work. To better ensure that happens, regular inspections are needed. Below are suggested inspection guidelines, to keep a fire sprinkler reliable.

Monthly or Weekly: Visually inspect that gauges are good condition and properly maintaining water and valves are leak-free, in the right position and are accessible.
Quarterly: Complete the monthly check but also test the system’s mechanical devices. This includes water flow alarm and valve supervisory alarms, control valves and hydraulic nameplates.
Semiannually: Dry test vane and pressure switch devices.
Annually: A full test should be done once a year by a professional, as well as a thorough inspection of the entire system. The technician will conduct flow, fire pump, alarm, and trip tests.
Every 5 Years: To ensure the system’s integrity, have an internal inspection of the pipes completed.

Depending on the environment and type of system, fire sprinklers may need to be replaced after 10 to 20 years. Of course, some are designed to last much longer, so it is important to thoroughly understand the system. If there are high-temperatures, it will more quickly compromise the system.

A Triggered Sprinkler
A false trigger is, luckily, a rare occurrence. If that happens, it is a tell-tale sign that the system is compromised. It will also give you firsthand experience in fire sprinkler cleanup, which often requires the assistance of a mold and water remediation expert.
While no one can know when an incident can happen, being diligent about maintenance can keep your fire sprinkler reliable and ready for when it is needed.

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