Regular Maintenance, Inspection Necessary for Fire Sprinkler Systems
Protecting the people in your Rayford, TX, building safe from fire, as well as the building itself, is one consideration that can’t be overlooked. For businesses or properties with a fire sprinkler system, that can provide ease of mind that if the unthinkable happens, the damage will be minimized. Like with most things in life, the system can only be counted on if it is properly maintained and inspected. Proper maintenance can also ensure it isn’t accidentally triggered, which will likely require calling water remediation and restoration expert for fire sprinkler cleanup.
A fire suppression system is a complex one with many working parts. NFPA 25, which is the Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, recommends monthly, weekly, quarterly and annual and inspections.
Monthly: Check the gauges. For dry, pre-action, and deluge systems, consider doing an inspection more frequently.
Quarterly: Inspect water flow alarm devices, valve supervisory alarm devices, supervisory signal devices, control valves, and hydraulic nameplates.
Annually: Verify the hanger/seismic bracing, pipes and fittings, information signage and spare sprinklers are free of damage.
Every five years, an internal piping inspection should be conducted.
While maintenance can go a long way, a fire sprinkler also needs to be tested to ensure it can be counted on. During testing, a more in-depth check of the equipment and parts is also completed. It is ideal to do a quarterly test of the mechanical devices and a semiannual test of the vane and pressure switch devices and main drain. Every year, a full test and tagging should be done by a professional. They will also test the main drain, water flow, alarm devices, fire pump, and pre-action valves.
A fire sprinkler is a vital component of a business’s safety plan. Making sure it is up to code and ready to use is just as important.