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4 Tips To Make Sure Your Fire Sprinklers Are Always Ready

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Automatic ceiling Fire Sprinkler in red water pipe System Fire sprinklers are one of your commercial property’s best defensive tools

Four Tips Making Sure Your Fire Sprinkler System Is Ready

When it comes to fire suppression, fire sprinklers are one of your commercial property’s best defensive tools. Here are four tips for making sure your fire sprinkler system is ready to activate when you need it most.

1. Hold Regular Inspections
Your entire sprinkler system should be thoroughly inspected once a year by a qualified professional. A visual assessment of the sprinkler heads isn’t enough. All components need to be properly vetted, from the individual sprinklers’ valves to the main drain and fire pump. Additionally, the inside of the system and its pipes should be examined by a trained professional once every five years to ensure that there is no sludge, rust, or other obstruction that may prevent water from being delivered.

2. Fix Damaged Heads Promptly
Accidents happen — even in Brighton, CO. If one of the sprinkler heads in your building becomes damaged, it’s imperative that you have it fixed immediately by an experienced fire suppression contractor. Not only can an impaired fire sprinkler head fail to activate, period, it can also activate at the wrong time, causing considerable water damage.

3. Keep Your Distance
Give your sprinkler heads at least 18 inches of clearance from furniture, shelves, and other items that may approach ceiling height. Additionally, you should never, ever hang anything from any part of your sprinkler system.

4. Check Your Intake Caps
Every time the season changes, head outside and verify that the caps are secure on all of your building’s water intake connections. These contact points are where the fire department will hitch onto your property to give your sprinklers a valuable boost in the event of a fire. If caps are missing or damaged, replace them, and keep the surrounding area clear of obstacles for easy access.
With proper care and regular maintenance, your fire sprinkler system should be ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice. After it does, enlist the help of your local fire damage restoration company for swift fire sprinkler cleanup.

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