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How To Properly Inspect and Maintain Fire Sprinkler Systems

11/7/2020 (Permalink)

red head of a fire sprinkler Fire sprinkler maintenance in Melrose District, CA

Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance And Inspection

The fire safety precautions you must take to protect your Melrose District, CA, commercial property are outlined by the National Fire Protection Association. The following fire sprinkler system maintenance and inspection items are found in the NFPA 25 standard for inspection, testing, and maintenance.
Weekly Inspections

Every week, you should check gauges on deluge, dry, and pre-action systems for a normal reading on the air and water pressure. Gauges should be replaced every five years, and you'll need a professional to make sure they are properly calibrated.
At the same time, make sure that control valves are set in the open position, sealed properly, and locked. Watch out for leaks. These should be addressed right away. The most important part of your fire protection system maintenance occurs when you respond immediately to any signs of wear or damage.

Monthly Inspections

Make sure that water pressure is steady and inspect fire sprinkler gauges and pipes for any signs of physical damage.
Take a look at all alarm valves and sprinkler heads and watch for signs of damage.

Quarterly Inspections
These thorough, visual inspections take place every three months. Make sure to pay particular attention to alarm devices and the hydraulic nameplate.

Annual Inspections
You must hire a licensed technician to satisfy annual inspection code requirements. This technician will inspect all components of your fire suppression system:

  • Alarm devices
  • Antifreeze solution
  • Backflow prevention parts
  • Control valves
  • Drains
  • Gauges
  • Hangars and bracing
  • Pipes and fittings
  • Pre-action and deluge valves
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Waterflow alarm

Inspectors will let you know if there are necessary repairs to be completed for the safety of your property and any occupants.

Consistent Inspections and Maintenance Prevent Expensive Damages
Your fire sprinkler system probably won't need much maintenance outside of the minor repairs you complete as a result of your inspections. If you aren't sure what else to watch for or how to maintain your system, reach out to your local fire department or a fire sprinkler cleanup and damage company.

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