Fire sprinkler systems are present in commercial properties to protect occupants and property from fires. Thousands of fires on commercial properties occur every year in the United States, and it is unpredictable whether one might occur at your commercial property. On the other hand, most buildings do not ever see a fire, and the fire sprinklers never see action. While this is a blessing, applicable personnel should always practice regular fire sprinkler system maintenance.
Keep It Clean
While fire sprinkler system maintenance can be complex and require professional services, there are several tasks that a responsible employee can accomplish as well. One is to clean the system regularly, especially if it is located in a commercial kitchen where grease accumulates. Vapor residues can coat the pipes and valves over time, preventing them from working when needed. Remember to keep paint off of the system entirely if you plan to paint the ceiling.
You will also need to keep the area under each sprinkler valve clear so that it has its full range of operation. Do not let high shelves or stacks of boxes or any other structure block the sprinklers.
Check Water Pressure
Different companies will have differing fire sprinkler maintenance programs, but all will include inspecting the gauges as part of the procedure. The gauges are the devices that display the system’s water pressure, and this must be just right for the system to douse a fire properly.
An annual inspection by an experienced fire protection company is a must, by law and for your building’s safety. A professional will perform a thorough inspection of all of the system’s components, some of which may be more difficult to access. The inspector will check the pipes, the valves, the gauges, the backflow preventer, the anti-freeze loops, the alarm switches, and the connections to the fire department.
Fire Sprinkler System Testing
While inspections of your building’s fire sprinkler system are necessary, it is still not enough to fully know that your system will work in a fire emergency. Testing is another part of fire sprinkler system maintenance that will prove your system works.
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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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