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Protect Your Building with Routine Sprinkler Inspections and Maintenance

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire loss on microwave in a Glen Ridge, NJ home

Fire sprinkler systems are very reliable and rarely activate for defective reasons. A sprinkler head works by sensing a specific level of heat in the area and releasing water on the exact location of the fire.

How do you know if your system is ready for a fire?

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) publishes a set of guidelines, known as NFPA 25, that address the inspection, testing and maintenance needed to make sure your system remains reliable.

Testing, maintenance, and annual inspections should be completed by a qualified professional, but monthly inspections can easily be conducted by the property owner or a designated representative with assistance from the manufacturer's instructions. Monthly inspections should include these components of the system:

  • Valves
  • Gauges
  • Main drain
  • Waterflow alarm devices

Whenever you are conducting an inspection, maintenance or test, you need to communicate that to the appropriate parties in Glen Ridge, NJ, including your building occupants, alarm company, fire department or others.

There are different types of systems but the most common is the wet system. For that type of fire suppression system, a property owner should secure a qualified professional to conduct some annual maintenance and tests. They will follow standards to ensure your system is ready when needed.

Sprinkler manufacturers test their products to high standards, ensuring their products are reliable. Most wet sprinkler systems will last decades with proper maintenance. You can count on them to save lives and save costly property. If a fire sprinkler is activated, you may need water mitigation services, but wet sprinkler systems will only activate the sprinkler at the location of the fire. This not only saves you from fire damage, but it limits the amount of fire sprinkler cleanup that is needed after the fire is put out.

Be sure to contact the manufacturer and get their literature on performing monthly inspections. A fire sprinkler system is so effective at saving lives and property, you certainly want to do all you can to make sure it is ready when needed.

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