It is more important than ever to keep up with your fire sprinkler system’s routine maintenance with winter being here. Winter weather, particularly frigid temperatures, can compromise how well your system functions during a fire emergency. It’s best to keep your team, property, and building as safe as possible by recognizing the signs that your fire safety equipment isn’t in top shape. Recognizing the signs can prevent loss of property, injuries, or worse. Here are three strong indicators that your fire sprinkler system needs service.
Leaks in Your Fire Sprinkler System
Fire sprinklers are subject to freezing just like any other water-based system. Once they thaw, fire sprinkler systems can sprout leaks. There might be burst pipes if you notice leaks, puddles, and watermarks on a drop ceiling or drywall. A leaky fire sprinkler system causes water damage, resulting in damaged drywall and mold. However, leaks also lower the water pressure in a fire sprinkler system, compromising the effectiveness of your equipment during a fire.
Low Readings on Gauges
Fire sprinkler gauges indicate the water pressure at vital points and are required at each system riser and alarm check valve. Inconsistent or low gauge readings suggest something is wrong, such as a faulty gauge or a leak in your fire sprinkler. Whatever the case, it’s best to have a licensed sprinkler contractor come and inspect your fire sprinkler.
Leaks from cold weather can cause corrosion on fire sprinkler heads or pipes. While corrosion seems only to be an eyesore, what’s inside your fire sprinkler causes problems. Corrosion can block pipes or clog sprinkler heads and severely affect a system’s performance during a fire emergency. Corrosion is one of the most common issues regarding inspection, testing, and maintenance.
Call Chesapeake Sprinkler Today to Have Your System Inspected
The winter blues can affect people in so many ways. However, you can make a conscious effort not to leave your property at risk. You don’t have to let the cold compromise your system. Our licensed and trained team is here to help you identify, diagnose, and fix any fire sprinkler system issues. Also, our team can advise you on changes you need to make to your system if you are renovating your property or changing your use or occupancy classification.
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.
For more information, please email or call our Odenton location at 410-674-7041, our Ashburn location at 703-729-5150, or for service/maintenance Chesapeake Protection Services at 410-674-7577. Feel free to keep in touch through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!