It is crucial to prioritize the routine maintenance of your fire sprinkler system, especially during the winter season. The cold weather, in particular, can weaken the efficiency of your system during a fire emergency. To ensure the safety of your team, building, and property, it is best to be aware of the signs that indicate your fire safety equipment needs attention. By recognizing these signs, you can prevent potential property loss, injuries, or even worse. Here are three significant indicators that signal your fire sprinkler system requires service.
Leaks in Your Fire Sprinkler System
Fire sprinkler systems are vulnerable to freezing, just like any other water-based system. If they freeze, leaks can occur once they thaw. There may be burst pipes if you spot leaks, puddles, or watermarks on a drop ceiling or drywall. A leaky fire sprinkler system can result in water damage, harming drywall and even leading to mold growth. In addition, leaks can reduce the water pressure in the fire sprinkler system, compromising the system’s effectiveness in the event of a fire.
Low Readings on Gauges
Fire sprinkler gauges are essential components that indicate the water pressure at critical points in your fire sprinkler system. They are required at each system riser and alarm check valve. Inconsistent or low gauge readings may indicate something wrong, such as a faulty gauge or a leak in your fire sprinkler system. If you notice any such issues, it’s best to have a licensed sprinkler contractor come and inspect your fire sprinkler system to ensure its proper functioning.
Cold weather leaks can lead to corrosion on fire sprinkler pipes or heads. Although corrosion may seem minor, it can pose significant problems. Corrosion can obstruct pipes or block sprinkler heads, which can significantly impact the performance of the fire sprinkler system during a fire emergency. Corrosion is a common problem that requires regular inspection, testing, and maintenance.
Call Chesapeake Sprinkler to Have Your Fire Sprinkler System Inspected
The winter season can often hurt people’s mood and overall well-being. However, it’s important to remember to take care of your property during this time. Don’t let the cold weather put your fire sprinkler system at risk. Our team of licensed professionals is here to help you identify and diagnose any issues with your system and ensure that it’s working optimally. Additionally, if you’re planning to renovate your property or change its use or occupancy classification, we can advise you on any necessary changes to your sprinkler system.
Contact Chesapeake Sprinkler Company Today!
Chesapeake Sprinkler Company is a leading fire sprinkler contractor in the region, which is now a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) company. As a full-service fire protection company, we offer design, fabrication, installation, testing, maintenance, and inspection of fire protection systems—everything you need from your fire suppression specialist.
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