Fire Sprinkler Maintenance
Automatic sprinkler systems are by far the most effective way to keep lives and property safe in the case of a fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that while most failures are due to closed system control valves, system damage accounts for 7% of failures and ineffectiveness, while inadequate maintenance accounts for another 10%. Firetech Sprinkler Corp. maximizes the effectiveness of any building or facility’s fire sprinkler system in Chittenden County, including Burlington and Colchester, by providing scheduled maintenance that uncovers new or potential issues in your sprinkler system.
Sprinkler System Inspection
A physical inspection of sprinkler systems is necessary at varying intervals according to the type of system and building it inhabits. To determine how often your system needs inspection, consult NFPA 25, “Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems,” or consult the experts at Firetech Sprinkler Corp. System inspection should always cover:
- Checking air and water pressure
- Looking for leaks, cracks, and corrosion
- Checking alarm valves
- Checking wet pipe system gauges
- Ensuring control valves are sealed and open
Fire Sprinkler Testing
In addition to a visual inspection, NFPA 25 requires these forms of testing.
- Mechanical water flow alarm devices: Quarterly testing
- Electric vane and pressure-flow devices: Semiannual testing
- Antifreeze solution: Annual testing
While these are just examples of the bare minimum, Firetech Sprinkler Corp. can design a testing schedule that covers every component of your system so you can rest assured that the sprinklers will be able to deploy correctly when you need them. We work with you to schedule system testing at the most convenient time, and our experienced technicians follow a streamlined process that will minimize the disruption of the trip testing.
Fire Sprinkler Maintenance
Each fire sprinkler system manufacturer has instructions on what maintenance to perform and how often. Typically, maintenance includes cleaning the valve body during annual testing and draining auxiliary drains afterward. However, certain circumstances can warrant more frequent maintenance, such as the sprinkler system being located somewhere cold weather might cause frozen pipes in the winter.
Firetech Sprinkler Corp. offers a maintenance plan, including winterization and 24/7 repair calls, in case you should ever need them. We arrive with a fully stocked vehicle during maintenance visits to make any necessary repairs while we are on-site. With maintenance and repairs taken care of in one visit, you’ll get reassurance that your system is in working order without the hassle of scheduling multiple appointments.
Choose Excellence & Expertise in Fire Sprinkler Maintenance
As the leading provider of fire sprinkler maintenance in Vermont, Northeastern New York, and Northern New Hampshire, Firetech’s certified service technicians have fully equipped vehicles to handle any service need 24 hours a day. Firetech’s service technicians are top experts in fire sprinkler inspection, testing, and maintenance. They are well versed in all types and manufacturers of sprinkler equipment, allowing them to troubleshoot a wide range of issues on-site. Our technicians are highly knowledgeable about the inspection and testing procedures for all types of sprinkler systems, including wet pipe, dry pipe, standpipe, pre-action, foam, and deluge. They also inspect, test, and maintain fire, jockey pumps, and backflow preventers.
Our service technicians are certified by the New England Water Works Association to test and repair backflow preventers. Other services include underground pipe flushing, hydrant flow testing, and hydrant flushing. Firetech’s technicians utilize tablet-based NFPA 25 inspection software. Our service department has dedicated staff that monitors our customers’ fire sprinkler inspection requirements, schedules regular inspections, and prepares comprehensive reports on the condition of the sprinkler system.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do to maintain my fire sprinkler?
While technical inspections are best left to the professionals, you can perform a few checks on your own. You should wipe dust and debris from your sprinklers regularly and do a basic inspection of anything that might block your sprinklers’ water flow. Make sure your pipes are well-insulated and replace insulation where necessary.
How often do fire sprinklers need to be tested?
In-depth physical checks are a core part of the NFPA 25 testing schedule. You need to test your sprinklers four times a year, with additional biannual and annual tests and tags to accommodate your water flow, fire pumps, antifreeze, and alarm. Every five years, your sprinklers must be tested in extreme environments. Your dry sprinklers require additional tests every decade.