While we hope you never need it, the fire sprinkler system in your business is your greatest asset when it comes to getting back in business after a fire. There will be some water damage where the fire sprinkler activates to control the fire, that water damage will be far less than the smoke damage that would occur without sprinklers. That's why the maintenance of your sprinkler system is critical. Here are a few steps that you can take to make sure that you system is ready year-round to work for you if needed.
COMMERCIAL FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE
The following are some tips that will help prepare your system for the winter:
- Check sprinkler valves to make sure they are on.
- Never turn heat completely off in a fire sprinklered building.
- Check insulation to make sure it remains in place over pipes. If there has been work in the attic during the last year, it should be checked.
- Makes sure that doors, building access points, and attic covers are in place to reduce the possibility of cold air entering the building.
- Have your system serviced annually by a sprinkler professional.
- Dry Systems – make sure that ALL water is drained from the system. If the system tripped, contact a fire sprinkler service company to reset the system.
- Antifreeze Systems – have a fire sprinkler professional check the system annually just before freezing weather to make sure the solution will not freeze.
Required Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance
Here's a form that includes the required inspection and maintenance that contractors are to provide during an annual inspection. This form has been designed by the Southern Oregon Fire Code Officials for contractors to use if they wish. Click here for the form.