5 Best Practices To Maintain Your Sprinkler System
Updated: Sep 6
Are you confident about your fire protection system’s functionality? Wonder how well your sprinkler systems would work in the event of a fire?
If yes, then you came to the right place! This article will provide you with the best maintenance practices for your fire sprinkler system.
From a simple search for broken parts, a regular check of your water system, to scheduling professional inspections, these simple habits will come a long way in ensuring your safety.
Read on to learn the best practices you can observe for your sprinkler system!
5 Best Practices To Maintain Your Fire Sprinkler Systems
1. Monitor if the sprinkler system installed is appropriate for your space
For commercial establishments and rented spaces, contractual tenants are always changing, and the overall function of the area changes too.
For example, an office space being converted into a manufacturing facility requires a sprinkler system replacement to adapt to the structural change.
If you’re a landlord, contact your fire sprinkler provider for evaluation and comply with the recommended course of action.
2. Observe for leaks, malfunctioning triggers, and rusty devices
There are telling signs you can observe, which will require your immediate action before further damage.
System leaks, malfunctioning triggers, and rusty alarm devices are clear indicators that you need an inspection, test, and repair from your trusted contractor.
Make sure to visually inspect sprinkler heads and the water system and search for signs of damage.
Read our article on fire sprinkler inspection signs for more information.
3. Maintain proper clearance from the sprinkler head at all times
Based on OSHA guidelines, your sprinkler systems should maintain a clearance of 18 inches between the sprinkler head and the highest obstruction in a room.
Do not block the sprinklers with furniture in households or shelves in a commercial space to avoid water spray trajectory obstruction.
Additionally, avoid damaging the sensors and deflectors in the spray heads when applying paint.
4. Install a head guard on the sprinkler heads
The best way to prevent sprinkler head damage is to install a head guard (cage) for accidental or unavoidable physical contact.
As mandated by the NFPA, sprinklers subject to mechanical injury should be protected by the recommended type of guard.
The sprinkler system of commercial facilities with heavy machinery should also adhere to the NFPA recommendation.
5. Schedule inspections with fire protection professionals regularly
As a home or commercial establishment owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your sprinkler system works when the need arises.
Always schedule regular inspections for your sprinkler system.
During the inspection, the professionals would conduct a thorough search for broken components, air and water pressure check, and alarm devices testing.
For comprehensive inspection guidelines, click here.
Maintain Your Sprinkler System with a Fire Protection Professional
Protecting your home or establishment from fire is as important to us as it is for you.
Here at B&W Fire Security Systems, our 30 years in the fire protection industry allow us to serve your home and your business with professionalism and care!
We offer complete service of all components for your fire protection systems, strictly complying with NFPA’s inspection, testing, and maintenance guidelines.
Contact us regarding your fire protection needs and ensure maximum fire security today!
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