Most fire protection companies will clue you in to when your sprinkler system will need to undergo any type of maintenance or repair throughout it’s lifespan. However, if you missed that bit of information during your fire sprinkler installation, then you can educate yourself here.
It can be hard to identify a problem with your fire sprinkler system, especially since most systems remain inactive for years. There are certain visual queues that can indicate it’s time to call the sprinkler repairman, such as corrosion or damage. If you’re still unsure, here is a more detailed guide to knowing when to repair or replace your sprinkler system.
Determine the age of your system
This might be a bit of a challenge to do, but you can look through building documentation and any related information to try to find the age of your system. Knowing the age of your sprinklers will greatly help reduce the mystery of when you should have them inspected, tested, and replaced.
Have regular inspections
If you’re unsure of whether or not your sprinkler system needs to be repaired or replaced, you can always count on a fire sprinkler inspection to let you know. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a yearly inspection by a qualified professional, although in most cases you might consider a quarterly inspection. Inspections can let you know if everything is up to code or if any repairs will need to be made to the system.
Undergo routine testing
Fire sprinkler inspections and fire sprinkler testing are two very different things. An inspection is a visual walk-through of your systems to ensure everything looks correct, whereas a test is an actual way to know if your systems are working properly. If upon testing your sprinkler system you find that there is a problem, then you could be in need of a sprinkler repair.
If your sprinkler heads are damaged, covered in paint, corroded, or are otherwise unfit or unable to perform at the level intended, then you’re putting everyone and everything in your building at risk. Hotel and motel fires alone cost $76 million in property loss each year, not including the number of injuries or fatalities that result as well. It’s important to ensure your sprinkler system is routinely serviced to ensure a quick and efficient response.
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