Repairs and replacement to your commercial fire sprinkler system are inevitable. Even with regular care, inspections, and maintenance, over time your system will eventually get damaged, reach its peak in age, have corrosion, or leak. Listed below are four signs indicating that it’s time for your fire sprinkler system to be repaired or replaced.
Damage to fire sprinkler systems can accrue over time due to several factors, including tampering, vandalism, building construction or repairs, workplace accidents, typical wear and tear, and age, amongst other things. If you notice visual damage to the heads or pipes of your fire sprinkler system, such as leaking or corrosion, it may be time to call in a professional for possible repairs or replacement. External damage to your fire sprinkler system can cause it to malfunction putting it out of commission which is a major safety hazard and can be devastating to a business and its employees in the event of a fire. Installing a protective cage around your building’s sprinkler heads can help prevent and reduce fire sprinkler damage.
Knowing the age of your property’s fire sprinkler system goes a long way in determining system repairs and replacement. Your fire sprinkler system can degrade over time as it ages, essentially needing a replacement. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire sprinkler heads should be inspected by a professional annually. It’s also recommended that you carry out quarterly inspections on your own. The rule of thumb is that all sprinkler systems from 1920 and earlier must automatically be replaced to protect the property and occupants.
Corrosion commonly occurs in systems that have water or excess moisture. However, if you continuously let corrosion accumulate in your fire sprinkler systems, your system could begin to deteriorate, causing holes in the pipes, resulting in leaks and water damage. Corrosion can often be identified by a rotten egg smell, rust, or discolored water.
If you notice your system is leaking, you should consult a professional immediately so that they can perform an inspection, repairs, or replacements to your system. Leaking water can indicate major issues with your fire sprinkler system that can easily cause extensive damage and a faulty system if left untreated.
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