It is extremely important to prioritize inspections for your fire sprinkler systems. Without regular inspections, testing and service, your fire sprinkler systems could fail you. Inspections of your systems can increase the lifespan of your equipment, keep your systems code compliant and even save lives.
NFPA 25 Requirements
NFPA 25 is the Standard for Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. This standard sets the requirements for inspections of fire sprinkler systems and is used to develop state and local fire sprinkler codes.
Inspections vs. Testing
There is a difference between inspections and testing for fire sprinklers. During a fire sprinkler inspection, components of the sprinkler system are visually checked to ensure that everything looks normal and there is no damage or obstructions. Fire sprinkler testing consists of checking the functionali
ty of the sprinkler system to make sure all the components are performing the way they should be.
How Often Should My Systems be Inspected?
The frequency of fire sprinkler system inspections for your facility is set by NFPA 25 and local code. Typically, fire sprinkler systems must be inspected and tested:
- Monthly – Inspect gauges for wet pipe systems. Dry, pre-action and deluge gauges should be inspected more frequently.
- Quarterly – Water flow alarm devices, hydraulic nameplates, control valves, supervisory signal devices, valve supervisory alarm devices. Test sprinkler mechanical devices.
- Annually – Inspect the hanger and seismic bracing, pipes and fittings, information signage, spare sprinklers. A complete fire sprinkler system test should happen every year.
- Every 5 Years – Internal inspection of sprinkler pipes. Gauges on all sprinklers should be tested.
Fire sprinkler system inspections should be performed by a professional fire protection contractor. However, the building owner or facility manager is responsible for performing more frequent visual checks of sprinkler systems to ensure that everything looks normal.
Contact Beach Lake Sprinkler for Inspections
Beach Lake Sprinkler performs inspections of fire sprinkler systems for customers in Pennsylvania and Florida. We can inspect your systems as often as required by local code. We perform inspections when it fits your schedule and in accordance with NFPA standards. Our team inspects wet, dry, pre-action and deluge sprinkler systems. We can provide repairs for any issues that arise during an inspection and provide 24-hour emergency service as needed. If you are interested in learning more about inspections from Beach Lake Sprinkler, contact us today.