As a business owner, you understand the importance of keeping your property, employees, and equipment safe from the dangers of fire. What you may not know is how often you should have your sprinkler system inspected and what to expect during the examination. Below, we’ll discuss what an inspection and test include, when and why you need them, and what to expect once you schedule yours.
What Do Fire Sprinkler Inspections and Tests Include?
A fire sprinkler system inspection and test will include a complete examination and testing of all equipment included in your system. The components inspected include sprinkler heads, control valves, piping, and triggers, and the technician will test that your trigger system functions and adequate pressure builds in response.
How Often Are They Required?
Most fire sprinkler systems should be examined by the building owner weekly, and professional inspections should be carried out at least once every year. Testing for wet systems is required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) every five years, while dry systems require testing every ten years.
How to Prepare
Your preparation for testing and inspection will often be minimal, but it’s essential for a smooth process.
First, have your fire inspection and maintenance records on hand for the technician when they arrive. Ensure that as much of your system that can be exposed is easily accessible, so clearing areas in your equipment room may be necessary. Finally, have someone familiar with your system on-site and ready to walk the property with the technician.
Risk of Not Having Inspections and Testing Done
Neglecting your fire sprinkler system can lead to false triggers as equipment break downs over time. This can result in unnecessary property damage, as well as damage to equipment or files you have in your building.
More importantly, not having regular inspections and testing done can leave your building entirely unprotected in the event of an actual fire. This can cause immense property damage, personal injury, and even death.
Having your fire sprinkler system inspected and tested routinely is crucial for the safety of yourself, your property, and your employees. When you’re ready to have your system inspected or tested for proper functionality, contact one of our highly-trained professionals for more information.