5 Tips for Maintaining Your Building’s Sprinklers
Sprinkler system maintenance is critical to ensure that the people and equipment inside of a building are safe. If there is a fire and a sprinkler system is faulty due to lack of maintenance, it puts the lives of everyone in the building in danger.
If you live or work in a home or building with a sprinkler system, it is critical to ensure that whoever is in charge of the property performs regular maintenance on the system. Regular maintenance could be the difference between life and death if there is a fire.
Every home or building requires a fire protection system in working condition, which is why it is vital to perform regular maintenance on your sprinkler system every few months.
Here are tips on how to maintain your sprinkler system.
1. Check Sprinkler Heads
Dirt and grime can gradually accumulate on sprinkler heads over time, which blocks the water from coming out of the sprinklers. Check your sprinkler heads regularly, and when you start to see coating build upon them, remove the heads and wash them.
You should check your sprinkler heads at least once a year, but we recommend checking them for buildup and grime every three to four months.
2. Check the Non-Electric Sprinkler Control Valves
The sprinklers’ valves must be open and working for water to come out of them during a fire. If a fire breaks out and the control valves are not open, water will not come out, putting everyone in the building in danger.
It is vital to check your sprinkler system’s non-electric control valves at least once a week to make sure they are open.
If your fire suppression system has electronic control valves, be sure to test them during the annual sprinkler system inspection.
If you are unsure of how to check your sprinkler system’s control valves, a fire protection company can come and complete the inspection for you.
3. Check Water Pressure
Every sprinkler system requires a certain amount of water pressure, which is why it is a good idea to hire a professional fire service company to check the system’s water pressure every three to four months.
4. Ensure There Are No High Objects Near Your System
Avoid installing a sprinkler system in an area where objects could obstruct the water’s path. Remove any high objects that are near the sprinklers to ensure that they distribute water evenly.
5. Perform a Regular Fire System Inspection At Least once a Year
You must complete a regular fire system inspection by a professional fire service at least once a year. It is critical to have inspections annually because professionals can spot problems or damage before it is too late.
Inspections are significant preventative measures and are an excellent way to ensure that your system is working well and does not have any damage (i.e., corrosion) that could prevent it from functioning.
Do you have a sprinkler system, or are you wondering how to maintain it to ensure it is in working order? At AMPTEC Fire & Security, we understand how vital fire safety is. We can help protect your property by installing a state-of-the-art sprinkler system. We offer personalized solutions to match your home or building’s unique requirements.
AMPTEC’s mission is to keep Alberta residents safe by providing office building protection with state-of-the-art sprinkler systems, carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarms, emergency lighting, emergency generators, and more.
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