Fire Sprinkler System Inspection
Building owners may have fire sprinklers installed as a suppression method in case of a fire event. Fire sprinkler systems are a great way to help reduce flames and mitigate fire damage in emergencies. Making sure these systems are fully operational when a crisis occurs is the property manager’s responsibility and requires regular inspection by a fire protection company.
If you’re looking for a fire protection company near you, Fire Systems of Michigan has the team you need to get your sprinklers’ functionality certified. Contact our team today to schedule your fire sprinkler inspection.
Our Inspection Process
Fire sprinkler inspections are extremely thorough, often requiring more than one inspector to get the job done right. When the Fire Systems of Michigan team inspects your fire sprinkler system, we’ll go down our checklist to ensure the following are working properly:
- Pipes and fittings
- Hangers, braces, and supports
- Waterflow alarm and supervisory signal initiating device
- Hydraulic design information signs
- Heat tracing
- General and antifreeze information signs
Our team makes sure all parts are fully functional, and all signage related to your sprinkler systems is visible and legible. Following a triggered system, our team is happy to replace your sprinklers to adhere to the regulations set forth by NFPA 25. Contact our team to have your sprinkler systems thoroughly inspected for your continued safety.
Why Do Fire Sprinkler Inspections Matter?
Commercial property owners and maintenance supervisors have a responsibility to their tenants. A basic expectation of safety should be maintained on your property, and that includes fire sprinkler inspection and testing.
- Keeps your property code-compliant – Your fire protection professionals will recommend a schedule for your sprinkler and other fire suppression systems. Our company is knowledgeable about NFPA standards as well as state and local code requirements.
- Lowers the risk of property damage – A functional sprinkler system can reduce asset losses and protect the building if there’s a fire event. In addition to fire extinguishers, your fire suppression sprinkler system has several components that should be tested for reliability.
- Makes fire department inspections run more smoothly – Local fire department inspections shouldn’t be stressful. You’ll be better prepared if you have paperwork verifying you’re in compliance with regional sprinkler testing and inspection requirements.
- Saves lives – In 2019, non-residential fires caused 110 deaths, 1,200 injuries, and $4.3 billion in direct property damage. You never want to risk the loss of life due to negligence on your part.
Fire Sprinkler Inspections
When it’s time to have your fire sprinklers inspected, choose a nearby company you can trust. Fire Systems of Michigan has served businesses for more than 40 years, offering professional fire sprinkler repair and inspections, with available 24-hour emergency repair services.
FAQs About Fire Sprinkler Inspections
Some of the frequently asked questions we receive about fire sprinkler inspections and testing include:
How do I maintain my building’s sprinkler system?
Sprinkler system maintenance is not a DIY job, but there are things you can do to protect and prolong the life span of your building’s sprinkler systems:
- Check water intake connections every 90 days. Make sure the caps are visible and secure, and that the area is clean and free from debris or undergrowth.
- If there’s a tenancy change, contact us. For example, if an area serving as an office complex becomes vacant and is then occupied by a light-industry assembly area, your fire sprinkler needs may change.
- Keep a schedule for professional sprinkler inspections and document all testing results and actions taken.
- Make sure there is a minimum of 18 inches between the sprinkler heads and any other objects.
- Visually inspect the sprinkler head frequently. If you see signs of damage, contact us immediately.
How long do fire sprinklers last?
Life span varies and is often based on corrosive elements in your building. Dry sprinkler systems last 10 to 15 years; wet sprinklers can last 15 to 20 years. Nitrogen systems can last 60 to 100 years. But these life span estimates are with maintenance. Without regular maintenance, a sprinkler system’s life span can be drastically shortened.
What is a fire sprinkler inspection?
Fire sprinkler inspections are to guarantee the system will work if there’s a fire. The inspections can also prolong the life span of your sprinkler system. Depending on whether it’s a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual inspection, we will inspect:
- Dry-pipe valves
- Fire department connections
- Hydraulic system nameplates
- Pressure-reducing/relief valves
- Spare sprinkler heads/tools onsite
- Sprinkler heads/pipes/fittings
- Supervisory alarm devices
- Waterflow alarm(s)
- Wet/dry gauges
When should my fire sprinklers be inspected?
The maintenance schedule for fire sprinkler systems is dictated by local code, which combines the regulations in NFPA 25 and the International Building Code. Each state and jurisdiction add its own set of regulations to these as well. More often than not, your fire sprinkler systems should be inspected on an annual, semiannual, quarterly, or even monthly basis. Fire Systems of Michigan is well versed in the local code requirements for your commercial building and can tell you more about your fire sprinkler maintenance schedule.
If a fire triggered your sprinkler systems, you would need to have each sprinkler head replaced. Additionally, you’ll need to have a valve and water flow test performed. Water flow, valve, and antifreeze system testing should all occur at five-year intervals — even when no fire event occurs.