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What To Know About Fire Sprinkler Maintenance To Avoid Water Issues

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

If Your Fire Sprinklers Go Off By Accident, Here Are Five Things You Should Do.

Any business with a fire sprinkler system installed faces relief in getting unexpected flames extinguished quickly. However, improper maintenance of these sprinklers can not only have them malfunction in the event of an emergency but could set them off accidentally. Here are a few key things to know about keeping the sprinkler system in your Olathe, KS, building fully operational.

Routine Sprinkler Maintenance Is Crucial
With luck, your commercial building will never see a fire spark to set off the sprinkler system. However, if a fire were to break out, you want the system to trigger on when it needs to. This is best achieved with routine maintenance to a variety of components in the system. Steps you can take to keep the system fully functional include:

Checking water pressure on a quarterly basis
Keeping sprinkler heads clean of any grease, grime, or residue

Checking control valves weekly to make sure they are open to water flow
Hiring a fire service expert to perform an annual inspection of the whole system

These sprinkler maintenance tips can all promote proper function of the fire sprinklers, but in the event the system is activated prematurely there are a few steps you can take. 

Locate Shut Off Valve
Knowing how to access and switch the shut-off valve of the sprinkler can best reduce water damage upon accidental activation. Taking swift action here is key to limit the total losses from a faulty sprinkler.

Contact Water Damage Professionals
Facing water damage is inevitable when the sprinkler system is set off. If the building floods after an accidental activation, immediately call a water damage restoration company to handle the cleanup and begin repairs.

Performing routine sprinkler maintenance to your building's system is the best way to keep them functioning correctly. In the event that sprinklers are set off prematurely, turn the shutoff valve and contact a water damage cleanup crew.

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