If you are a building owner, you have probably heard about fire sprinkler systems and their importance to keeping your building safe from fires. So, you have installed one in your building. Now comes the important part: maintaining your fire sprinkler system. This article will go through some of the maintenance procedures that should be performed on your fire sprinkler system.
Yearly/Quarterly Fire Sprinkler Check
Depending on your building, the sprinkler system will need to be checked either annually or quarterly. This time difference is simply due to the type of building and the requirements that follow from the city fire marshal. The testing will need to be done by a qualified technician. The technician will open an inspector's test valve, which simulates a sprinkler head going off. This will set off an alarm at the fire alarm control panel, which tells him that that area of the system is functioning properly.
They will also do a cursory inspection of the valve holding the water pressure to ensure that should the system become active, the valve will open and allow more water to flow through. Finally, the technician will also check the pump that is attached to your system, making sure that it is able to supply the amount of pressure needed to ensure that water is continuously fed to the system.
Most sprinkler systems have a fire department connection outside that allows the fire department to connect the pumper truck to the system. In the case of a fire, this allows the truck to increase the pressure of the water coming out of the sprinklers and help to better control the fire. As a building owner, your responsibility is to keep the area around the fire department connect clear and clean so that there are no obstructions in the case of a fire.
So, make sure that you mow the grass around the fire department connection and ensure that no one parks in front of it. Not only will it save you trouble if the system ever becomes active, but it is also the law to keep the fire department connection open and available in case of an emergency.
There you have it, two of the biggest maintenance procedures that need to be performed on your fire sprinkler system to ensure a well-maintained system. Fire sprinkler systems (such as those offerred by All Type Fire Protection Inc) save lives, so it is imperative that you make sure that your entire system is in good working order.