Your commercial building’s fire sprinkler system is one of its most important components. Although few people have to deal with a fire emergency in their lifetime, it is necessary by law to have an updated and monitored fire protection system to keep you, the other occupants, and the inventory in the building safe. If you think you might need fire sprinkler system services, here is how you will know.
Any sign of leaking indoors is a problem. Water damage will corrode your building’s structure and potentially cause mold growth, which can cause serious health issues. Leaks from your fire sprinkler system are even more problematic. Determine the location of the leaking if you can, and call Chesapeake Sprinkler Company if you live in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Virginia.
Visible Damage to Heads or Pipes
Another way you’ll know to call for repair or replacement services is if you see visible damage to the system. If the sprinkler heads or the pipes are dented, skewed, or defunct in any way, be sure to call a professional to inspect and repair it. It could have happened during the construction process, because of vandalism or wear and tear.
Water corrodes, and some systems could be more at risk than others. Some systems continually hold water, while others are full of oxygen, which also has a corrosive effect. Either way, the pressurized water can eventually cause the system to fail. If you notice any rust, see discolored water from the pipes, or smell a rotten egg, you’ll know your fire sprinkler system has a problem.
Should You Repair or Replace?
The decision to repair or replace is not always clear cut, but you can be more confident on which type of service you’ll need based on the following.
- How old is your fire sprinkler system? The average lifespan of this type of system is 20 years, although the sprinkler heads will need replacing a little more frequently. If your system is getting to that age, it may be time for a replacement.
- What is your service history? How often have you had to repair the fire sprinklers in the last few years? What is your budget? If you have to service it more and more frequently, it may cost more than its worth.
- What type of system do you have? Depending on whether it is wet or dry, you might be able to tell if the damage is more extensive or not. Often, only a portion needs replacing rather than the whole thing. To be sure, call a professional at Chesapeake Sprinkler Company.
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. For emergencies, call 800-298-3473 (FIRE). Feel free to keep in touch through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!