Sprinklers are an essential fire safety measure in any large building. Installing a network of sprinklers will help to suppress a fire, slowing the rate at which it can spread and creating conditions in which firefighters can enter a building to tackle the blaze. However, a fire sprinkler system will only be effective if it is kept in good working order. During the colder months, sprinkler systems are particularly at risk of leaks and damage caused by freezing pipes. Below is a guide to four things you can do to ensure that your sprinkler system is fully operational at all times.
Check the water pressure
If the water supply to your building fails, there may not be adequate water pressure to feed the sprinkler system. The water pressure in a building can fall for a number of reasons. The primary reason for a loss of water pressure is an internal leak within the plumbing system. If you notice that the water pressure is low, you should call in a contractor who will be able to assess the condition of the plumbing and water supply system. If the contractor finds a leak, they will carry out repairs. However, if the contractor is unable to find a leak, the problem may be with the public water supply so you will need to get in touch with your utility company.
Carry out regular inspections of the sprinkler system
You should call in a fire safety contractor on a periodic basis and ask them to assess the sprinkler system. The contractor will examine the condition of the pipes and valves to check that they are not corroded or at risk of being damaged.
Service the heating system
A leading cause of leaking sprinkler systems are frozen pipes. Frozen pipes are most likely to occur if the heating system in your building fails during the winter. By having the heating system in your building inspected and serviced, you can be sure that it will keep the water pipes which feed the fire sprinkler system warm.
Insulate the water pipes
If you are concerned about the effect of cold weather on the water pipes in your building, you should ask a contractor to add additional insulation. Pipe insulation typically takes the form of foam sheets which can be wrapped around the water pipes which supply your fire sprinkler system.
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26 March 2018
Last year, I noticed that my home was very cold and draughty. I called in a team of general contractors and asked them to assess the property. The problem was with my windows. The window frames were pretty old and they let a lot of cold air into my home. The contractor also found a problem with my HVAC system, which was also causing problems with the circulation of air around my home. The contractors carried out repair work and now my home is nice and warm. I hope this blog helps you to understand how a team of general contractors can help you.