It’s not common for a fire sprinkler system to be used all the time. In fact, most buildings live their lives without having the sprinklers go off at all. But even so, they still need to be maintained to ensure their best performance if a fire strikes.
Regular maintenance involves checking for leaks and upgrading to carbon steel fittings. Here are some ways to ensure that you have a functional and reliable sprinkler system that’s ready for emergencies:
Check your water pressure quarterly
If other parts of your building receive a good amount of water pressure, so should your sprinklers. A professional could tell if all the valves are open and produce the right amount of water pressure for the sprinklers to spread water in a room.
Make sure control valves are always open
It is easy to check electronically controlled valves. But non-electronic valves must be checked manually every week to make sure they are ready to spew out water in case of a fire.
Clean sprinkler heads
Dirt can accumulate on sprinkler heads, especially if they are located in a place where the air is not kept clean. Use non-corrosive cleaning solutions regularly and make sure the sprinklers are not painted over when repainting the ceilings.
Have a professional inspection
A fire service technician should conduct a full system inspection and maintenance check-up once a year. Any repair or replacement must be done immediately.
Make sure the sprinkler path is clear
Remove objects that are too close to the sprinkler heads. These may prevent the water from effectively spreading out through a room if a fire strikes.
Fire sprinkler systems are installed as part of the fire safety requirements for every building. Do not let the thought that it may never be used stop you from having regular maintenance check-ups. You will never know when or where a fire can occur in your building. Everyone’s safety should be of utmost importance.