The NFPA have mandated an inspection that examines the inside of your fire sprinkler’s piping. This inspection needs to be conducted every 5 years.
What is the Purpose of This Inspection?
Obviously, the last thing you would want in the event of a fire would be blocked piping in your fire sprinkler. The inspection checks to ensure there are no blockages that would hinder the flow of water.
What Else Can the Inspection Identify?
The inspection can find any issues developing from within the piping, for example:
- Foreign materials
- Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC)
What Does the Inspection Include?
Firstly, an initial inspection is undertaken which will involve opening the flushing connection at one of the main ends and then removing a sprinkler tower from one end of a branch line.
If the initial inspection reveals organic or inorganic material that is obstructing the pipes, the next step is an obstruction investigation.
This inspection involves four points of the sprinkler system:
- Cross main
- Branch line
- System valve
Any obstructions found can then be removed from the pipes using a complete flushing process.
Why Are 5-Year Inspections Important?
Build up and sludge can occur rapidly, even in newer fire sprinkler system.
If obstructions develop, prevention of water flow is immediate. You must also have a 5-year internal inspection to keep your system up to code. More importantly, these inspections help you to keep your employees, customers and property safe.
Is it Time for Your Fire Sprinkler System to be Inspected?
Doyou have any doubts about whether your 5-year inspection is due? If so, contact the experts at Brazas Fire: they’re the team for you!
Brazas Fire provides the best quality materials and service, whether you need an inspection, repair, or even a new installation.
Contact the team at Brazas Fire today on 505-889-8999 or via their online form for your 5-year fire sprinkler inspection. Contacting Brazas Fire is your first step to ensuring both safety and peace of mind.