If your building is equipped with a sprinkler system, you’re right to feel a bit more secure. You can relax knowing that, should a fire break out, your fire sprinklers will instantly respond to keep everyone safe by containing the situation until the fire and rescue department comes. However, this will only happen if you’ve been exercising good fire sprinkler maintenance. Systems that are not effectively maintained may not function as they’re expected to and that could end up costing you the greatest price. So let’s take a look at what goes into fire sprinkler maintenance and then take action to make sure you’re doing what’s necessary.
How Sprinklers Work
First, however, let’s take a quick look at how your fire sprinklers actually function. In the films, at the first sign of fire, every fire sprinkler on the building goes off, flooding the place in water. That’s not how it actually works though. Each sprinkler head is developed to only go off when the place around it is hot enough to melt the fusible link stopping the circulation of water. So a fire could actually only stimulate couple of heads, which then function to contain the fire until the authorities make it to the field. Why is this important? We’ll explain soon, but the downside is that each head needs its own servicing. It’s not like they all run on a single activation system and if one isn’t working effectively, the others will just pick up the slack.
The Control Valve
Any conversation on fire sprinkler servicing needs to mention the control valve. It’s a significant part of any fire sprinkler, and also a simple one to examine. Basically, there’s a valve in your building that must stay open in order for the water to circulate. If this valve is off, your sprinklers will get no water and be ineffective in the situation of a flame. Unfortunately, shut valves are the top cause of extensive fire damage. Checking the valve is probably the most convenient part of fire sprinkler maintenance. Just take a look once a week to make sure it’s still kept in the open position.