The Two C's

The Two C's

How To Tell If Your Fire Sprinkler System Is In Need Of Repairs

by Floyd Dunn

Most commercial buildings (and residential complexes that are large enough) are required by law to have some kind of fire sprinkler system in them.  This is, of course, a very good precaution that can save a lot of lives but how do you know if your sprinkler systems are working before you actually need them? After all, you are not exactly going to just turn them on once a month to test if they are in good working order. Here are a few ways that you can tell fire sprinkler system repairs are needed and that you should get them as soon as possible.

Routine Inspections

The first way you are likely to pick up on the fact that something is wrong will be during one of the regular inspections that you are required to have to ensure your sprinkler system is capable of working at any required moment in time. These inspections have to be done by a licensed operator who will make sure that you are following all regulations and, depending on where you live, you may be required to do this on an annual basis, and sometimes more depending on the type of building you run. If your inspection reveals problems, they need to be addressed before work can continue in your building.

Leaky Pipes

A lot of fire sprinkler systems in America, particularly in the southern parts, are wet systems, which means that water is constantly coursing through them waiting to be dispersed should the alarm go off. This means that if you spot any kind of leaking coming from your sprinklers, there is a fault somewhere along the line. Whether that means a washer is a bit loose or one of the sprinkler heads is coming free, this could turn into a serious flooding threat if it is not patched up by a fire sprinkler system repair contractor.

Corrosion Inspection

While you are legally required to have your fire sprinklers inspected only once a year (again, depending on your local and state laws), you should conduct your own walkthrough of the building at least once a month. Corrosion can pop up quickly and is easy to spot when it does if you know what you are looking for. Any kind of change in color, flaking pieces of metal, moisture on the pipes or anything out of the ordinary at all should be noted and reported for repairs. Contact a company like FireSolutionsNW.


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