As a business owner, you know how important it is to make sure your fire protection systems are safe and well-maintained. So how can you keep your fire sprinkler system in great shape at all times? By scheduling routine fire sprinkler inspections with a professional fire protection company is that ASIB approved you can rest assured that your fire sprinklers will work in case of an emergency. However, it’s important to take care of your fire sprinklers in between those inspections.
Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Tips
When it comes to your fire sprinklers, there are some practices you should (and shouldn’t) do.
- Test your fire sprinkler system monthly\weekly by opening the test valve and listening for the alarm bell.
- Know the location of your fire sprinkler shutoff valve.
- Ensure that the fire sprinkler control valve stays open.
- Have your system reevaluated for potential upgrades.
- Paint the heads of the fire sprinklers.
- Forget to report any signs of damage on the sprinkler system.
- Hang objects from the sprinkler heads.
- Obstruct or cover the sprinklers.
- Obstruct the sprinkler alarm valve
- Tampering with sprinkler system
- Neglecting 3 year overhaul sprinkler service
Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Sprinklers
At Bizzy Fire Control, we strive to provide our customers with the best information possible about our products and services. Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions we receive about fire sprinkler systems:
Is a Fire Sprinkler System Worth the Cost?
For most commercial properties, the amount that fire sprinkler systems cost is minimal compared to the damages they can prevent. A working, well-maintained fire sprinkler system can limit the spread of a fire significantly or even extinguish it completely. Plus, they protect your property 24/7, even when no one is there.
According to the ASIB, commercial properties with fire sprinklers receive an average of 75% less property damage during a fire than those without.
Can Fire Sprinklers Cause Water Damage?
Yes, fire sprinkler systems can cause water damage if they are activated, but the damage will typically be far less than a fire would cause, and it is easier to repair. Plus, fire sprinklers activate as soon as the heat from a fire is detected, and they supply less water than emergency services will when they respond. Sprinklers can provide about 28 gallons per minute compared to the 60 gallons per minute or more from the fire hoses.
Do All the Sprinklers Activate Simultaneously?
Typically, no. In most systems, the sprinkler heads respond to heat, so only the sprinklers in the area affected by the fire will activate. This reduces both water damage during a fire and the recovery costs afterward. For properties with flammable materials, chemicals, or other dangers, deluge systems can be installed that activate all sprinklers at once.
Will Smoke or Cooking Odors Set Off the Sprinklers?
No, smoke or odors will not accidentally activate the sprinklers. The sprinkler heads respond only to heat, and the activation temperature can be adjusted by installing different sprinkler heads according to the environment they will operate in and the hazards expected.
Schedule Your Fire Sprinkler System Installation in Johannesburg, Gauteng & Mpumalanga
If your fire sprinkler system suffers damages that require repairs, call a professional fire protection company today! They will be able to fix your system and make sure your building stays safe and up to code.
In addition to providing inspections for your fire sprinkler system, the experts at Bizzy Fire Control can help you with all of your fire sprinkler system needs, including:
- Fire sprinkler installation
- Fire sprinkler estimates
- Fire sprinkler testing
- Hydraulic calculations and designs
- Pumps and reservoir tanks designs and installations
- Rational fire designs.
- And more!
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