4 Sprinkler System Deficiencies You Must Check.
Is your property or business at risk of these common deficiencies? Let VLS be your all in one provider for sprinkler and fire alarm tests, inspections, repairs and monitoring.
Vermont Life Safety technicians know the latest NFPA Codes inside and out and follow them religiously. That is why our customers trust us to perform emergency service calls and routine scheduled inspections of their sprinklers and fire alarm system all year round. With this hot and busy summer, here are the top 4 most common sprinkler system deficiencies we often see.
1. Painted or loaded sprinkler heads
Wether the room is getting a fresh coat of paint or a full renovation, the sprinkler heads can become vulnerable to damage during the process. Dust, paint, or other foreign material coming in contact with a sprinkler head can often cause it to malfunction in a emergency. Sometimes they can be gently cleaned by hand and other times they must be replaced during inspection, which costs your business money. Vermont Life Safety suggests covering the sprinkler heads while maintenance is being done within the area and strongly urge not to attempting to clean or tamper with a sprinkler head on your own. Give the certified experts a call ahead of time.
2. The 5 year system Inspection
Many customers are not aware of when their 5 year inspection is due or what it entails. Vermont Life Safety keeps detailed records and information available to the customer online so no one is left uninformed. The five year inspection is more in depth than the semi annual inspections. Over time pipes, wether they are galvanized or not will corrode from moisture both on the outside and inside of the pipes wether its a dry or wet system. Checking pipes internally for sludge or sediment and flushing the valves is required. Customers don't realize how easily foreign objects and substances can enter the sprinkler systems and put their assets at risk.
3. The BackFlow test
Back flows are what prevent dirt contaminated water built up in a wet sprinkler system from flowing back into the municipal water supply. Without inspections and regular maintenance, backflow assemblies can fail. This can occur if there is any sediment or any kind of build up inside the backflow assemblies. Even a very small piece of debris or a small pebble can damage the backflow assembly. This can lead to water in the sprinkler system leaking back into the city water supply as a contaminate to the drinking water. Also, an impaired assembly can prevent a fire safety system from functioning properly. If backflow is occurring, the system will not have enough water to function properly and could be insufficient to contain a fire. NFPA 25 has reinforced the required test with new codes in recent years and inspectors often still find backflow preventers leaking.
4. Spare Sprinkler heads
NFPA 25 requires that buildings equipped with wet systems consisting of 300 or fewer total sprinkler heads to always have a minimum of 6 spares in case of emergency, two of each type. A NFPA 25 guide book and sprinkler wrench are also required to be present within the facility.
If you have any concerns with any of these common sprinkler system deficiencies please don't hesitate to contact Vermont Life Safety and schedule an inspection on your sprinkler system.
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