It is no secret that for any property owner, there is always a risk when it comes to fires. This is especially true in high-rise buildings, as fire can easily spread and become out of control. The four property classes that account for half of all high-rise fires include apartments, hotels, office buildings, and facilities that care for the sick like hospitals and senior care homes.
With this in mind, it is crucial for any property owner to invest in an industrial fire protection service to ensure their tenants are protected at all times. However, these fire protection services must be properly maintained and checked, including investing in a regular fire sprinkler inspection. But considering that different fire sprinkler services require different maintenance plans, we have created a guide that will help you figure out exactly when to inspect your system.
At the very least, you should inspect the gauges in your sprinklers for rust or calcium buildup. Then you should test them at least once while they are dry and once while they are wet to make sure they’re in working order.
Your sprinkler system isn’t just one mechanical system; there are plenty of different components that make it run properly. So every quarter, test the water flow alarm devices, supervisory signal devices, control valves, hydraulic nameplates, and valve supervisory alarm devices. Not to mention the fire sprinkler mechanical devices as a whole should be tested as well.
Test your entire system at least once a year. During this test, make sure your fire sprinkler inspection professional will perform a physical test on all parts, big and small. As a rule of thumb, they should include water flow tests, antifreeze concentration tests, alarm tests, trip tests for any deluge valves, and fire pump tests.
Every five years
Sprinklers should be replaced every five years, especially if they are exposed to high temperatures or extreme weather of any kind. But this doesn’t mean the entire system needs to be replaced, only the sprinklers themselves.
With this easy guide in mind, you’ll rest assured knowing your sprinklers are working properly. Just investing a little bit of extra time to knowing when replacement is necessary will let you live with peace of mind at all times.