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5 Essential Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Tips

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler on ceiling Doing a regular fire sprinkler inspection can prevent costly water damage in the future.

Properly functioning fire sprinklers are essential for protecting your building in New Braunfels, against lethal fires.

As such, regular sprinkler maintenance can help ensure that the sprinklers in your building can do their job and protect your property. 

5 essential tips for keeping your sprinklers functioning as they should

1. Keep sprinkler heads clean
Odds are, your sprinklers don't really see a lot of action. Because of this, a coating of dirt, dust or some other type of grime can form over the sprinkler head that can impede water flow. Building owners should take the time to regularly clean their sprinkler heads, especially if the sprinklers are located in an area where a lot of grease tends to accumulate.

2. Keep non-electric control valves open
A closed sprinkler valve is not going to be distributing any water. Make sure to check the non-electric control valves on a weekly basis to ensure that they stay open.

3. Keep an eye on water pressure
Low water pressure means that your fire sprinklers aren't going to be able to evenly distribute water throughout the entire room. It's a good idea to request that fire professionals check this water pressure quarterly.

4. Keep high objects away from sprinklers
Objects near the sprinkler valves can block water flow, essentially preventing the spray from reaching the entire room. Keep the pathways clear and let the sprinkler system do its job.

5. Keep performing regular sprinkler inspections
Regular inspections are vital for sprinkler maintenance. Building owners should have fire service professionals perform full inspections at least once every year. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Fire sprinkler maintenance is a very important task for building owners. While you have to hope you never need to use the sprinklers, you definitely want to make sure they work properly, just in case. Building owners should stay on top of the tasks listed above, but only a fire service professional is able to perform a full inspection.

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