Sprinkler System Service is Everyone’s Responsibility
Sprinkler maintenance is not a job for your in-house plumbers and electricians. Your local fire department and insurer expect licensed fire sprinkler technicians to perform those tasks. Still, your in-house personnel can fill essential roles in sprinkler system maintenance. These roles fall into three categories.
Inspect the Sprinkler System Network
Your in-house plumbing system gets constant use. Meanwhile, your fire sprinklers quietly stand guard over your business, waiting for a fire that may never occur. Like all plumbing, this network of pressurized pipes is susceptible to leaks and other problems. Review of the network should include:
- Inspection of the pipe-hangers to make sure that the pipes are secure.
- Checking for leaks and signs of corrosion.
- Testing all valves to make sure that they turn and can shut off the water when necessary.
Perform this inspection with great care, especially near the sprinkler heads. One tiny slip-up could result in a wet workspace and a very unhappy fire chief.
Monitor the Water in the System
Your sprinkler system requires pressurized water to do its job. It’s important to monitor the pressure. A problem with the water pressure requires an immediate call for sprinkler maintenance.
During the winter months, sections of your sprinkler system may be susceptible to freezing. Check for frozen pipes during those times. Introducing an approved antifreeze solution into the water supply might help alleviate this problem.
Test the Electronic Components of the System
If your equipment has a self-test capability, you should perform that test periodically. You should also test the phone line used to contact the fire department. Before testing, it is always a good idea to tell your fire department what you are doing. After the test, be sure to tell them that testing is complete.
Hopefully, nobody accidentally triggers a sprinkler head during routine sprinkler maintenance. If it happens, take comfort in the fact that there is a local team of water removal specialists in the Yucaipa, CA, area ready to move in and handle your problem. They are just a phone call away.