Fire sprinkler inspections are an important part of owning a sprinkler system. They can occur on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually or three to five year rate. Every inspection will have its own purpose, however, they will all still have the same goals overall:
- To extend the life of the sprinkler system;
- And to make sure that the system is in working condition if a fire starts.
So what is inspected during an annual fire sprinkler inspection?
- Wet and dry gauges;
- Water flow and supervisory alarm devices;
- Water flow alarm on wet and dry systems;
- Hydraulic system;
- Fire department connections;
- Pressure reducing relief valves.
Plus, there are four more inspections that are added to an annual inspection. They are:
- Sprinkler heads, pipes and fittings;
- The supply of spare sprinkler heads and tools;
- Dry pipe valves;
- Water flow test.
How to Prepare for Your Annual Fire Sprinkler Inspection
Your local fire department will be able to conduct your annual inspection of your fire sprinkler system. To make sure you are prepared for your fire sprinkler inspection to go smoothly and efficiently, you should do the following:
- Contact your local fire department ahead of time for your inspection to give them inspection, testing and maintenance reports for the year and to ask them what they will be looking for in your specific sprinkler system;
- Review any reports with your fire department and give them explanations for any issues that you are reporting to them;
- Make sure you have a responsible representative of your team guide the inspector as they are performing their duties;
- Be sure that this team member also takes accurate notes during the inspection.
When it comes to your fire sprinkler inspection system, safety is the most important aspect of having one. This is why it’s crucial that your systems are in tip-top shape and are working correctly by following the proper procedures and timelines for inspections.
You can keep both your employees and your building safe by following the tips that we outlined above and getting your fire sprinkler system checked regularly. This will also ensure that your business is kept safe from harm as well. It is estimated that a majority of small businesses that suffer from a fire do not open back up.
At Mountain Fire Protection, we have you covered all the way from installation to inspection of your fire sprinkler system needs. We can ensure that your system is in the best shape and will pass your inspections every time without a fuss.
Contact us today to let us know how we can assist you with your next fire sprinkler inspection.