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Benefits of Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance

Posted on: March 30, 2011

One of the keys to a successful fire protection system is a well installed and maintained fire sprinkler system. Fire sprinkler maintenance involves a number of different steps, some of which require professional service and others you can do on your own. Read on to learn how you can keep your fire sprinkler system active and ready to protect you at a moment’s notice.

Professional Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance

NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems lays out specific requirements for water-based fire sprinkler systems. In addition to annual professional fire sprinkler inspections, you must have your system tested whenever you:

  • Add or change a backflow preventer or water meter
  • Change the occupancy or use of your building
  • Make significant changes to the layout of your building
  • Face changes in water supply

Benefits of Regular Sprinkler System Maintenance

Insurance Benefits

Your insurance company may offer insurance rebates if your building is protected by a well installed and maintained fire sprinkler system – sometimes as much as 5-10 percent off your basic insurance premium. Conversely, they may levy insurance penalties on you if your system is not adequately maintained. If you go too long without having your system tested, they may even label your sprinkler as “Unsprinklered.”

Check with your insurance company to ask about their policy regarding fire sprinkler systems

Peace of Mind

As a business owner, you have too much on your mind to worry about whether your building will pass the fire marshal’s inspection. Regularly scheduled fire sprinkler system maintenance will free you from this worry as well as helping catch issues in your fire sprinkler system before they cause a major disaster.

Freedom from Liability

Even if building codes in your area do not explicitly require you to have a fire sprinkler system installed, you may be held responsible in court for fire-related damages that occur in your building without one. Payout for these damages, in addition to damages cause to your business by a fire, can be astronomical. In fact, most businesses that experience a serious fire never recover.

Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance Tips

In addition to regular professional maintenance, there are a number of things you can do to keep your building’s fire sprinkler system in working order:

  • Never paint your sprinkler heads
  • Never hang anything from your sprinkler heads
  • Never stack anything closer than 18 inches under sprinkler heads
  • Always report any signs of damage to your sprinkler to your fire inspection company immediately
  • Always make sure your control valves are in the open position (the NFPA recommends that you check this once a week)

Installing a working fire sprinkler system and never having it inspected is like buying a brand new car and never changing the oil. If you think you might be behind on your inspection and operate a business in the New Jersey, Delaware or Philadelphia area, contact Confires Fire Protection today to schedule fire sprinkler maintenance and protect yourself from fires (as well as potential fire marshal fines!).

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