Fire sprinkler system inspection compliance is a must for your fire suppression system. To ensure code and insurance requirements are met, set up a fire sprinkler system inspection schedule.
In this blog, we’ll answer commonly asked questions, such as what a fire sprinkler system inspection is and how frequently you need a fire sprinkler inspection. We’ll also reveal how to best care for your fire suppression system and provide insight into how much a fire sprinkler inspection costs.
How Often Do Fire Sprinklers Need to Be Inspected?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires certain fire suppression equipment to undergo inspection. Inspections are weekly, monthly, quarterly, semiannually, annually, or at five-year intervals, based on the type of system. Requirements mandate building owners keep records of fire sprinkler system inspection, maintenance, and testing.
To maintain compliance and streamline the process, work with a qualified fire sprinkler system inspection company. This ensures your system is inspected and maintained according to the requirements laid out by national and local codes, as well as for the building’s occupancy type and system components.
The NFPA recommends sprinkler system inspections according to the following schedule:
Every week or month:
- For dry or wet pipe, pre-action, and deluge systems, gauges and control valve inspections
- Alarms, hydraulic nameplate, and fire department connection inspections
- Alarms and main drain testing
- Hanger and seismic bracing, spare sprinklers, sprinklers, pipe and fitting, and signage inspections
- Main drain, fire pump, water flow, alarm devices, deluge, antifreeze solution, and pre-action valve testing
- For dry pipe systems, valve and low point drain maintenance
What Does a Fire Sprinkler System Inspection Include?
An inspection involves several checks to verify the condition and performance of the equipment. Inspections involve a visual check of different devices used in a fire sprinkler system, such as the sprinkler head, and performance testing of components.
- Sprinkler heads–Technicians look for signs of leakage, corrosion, and paint. He or she confirms orientation and clearance below the device.
- Valves–Inspectors verify accessibility and condition. They must be: free from physical damage and external leaks, in a typical open or closed position, appropriately labeled, and in the correct sealed, locked, or supervised state.
- Air and water pressures–Techs confirm appropriate levels through butterfly valve function testing.
- Fire alarms and fire alarm panels–Inspectors test proper connections between fire alarms and fire alarm panels and the fire sprinkler system.
How Much Does a Fire Sprinkler Inspection Cost?
Sprinkler system inspections costs vary and usually depend on the size and type of commercial property. A low-rise building will be different than a multiple story commercial building. Likewise, a campus comprised of a mixture of high and low-rise buildings is more complex.
What Increases a Fire Sprinkler Inspection Cost?
Common circumstances requiring additional labor include the level of building accessibility. If certain areas are locked or require an escort this increases the labor time.
Some facilities use additional fire suppression systems for assets like server rooms. These often have a pre-action system which requires more technicians for proper testing.
Finally, if there isn’t an easy way to drain or flow water from sprinkler tests, the inspection requires more technicians and more time. We recommend using the same company for both the fire alarm and pre-action systems to consolidate expenses.
Fire Sprinkler System Inspection After a Fire
If there has been a fire at your facility and sprinkler heads activated, you need an inspection as well as maintenance. Replace any activated sprinkler heads as well as those in the same area or general vicinity of the fire. After replacement, perform water flow and valve tests to ensure correct pressures and proper operation of the system.
Schedule a Fire Sprinkler System Inspection Today
SLM Facility Solutions provides preventive maintenance inspections for fire sprinkler systems and other fire suppression methods, such as inert gasses and chemical agents. We also provide fire extinguisher services. Representatives are available 24/7/365 in case of an emergency repair for your fire suppression system.
When you partner with SLM, we help keep your facility compliant with current standards, insurance coverage requirements and codes nationwide. We are familiar with the various codes and regulations in your state. We prioritize your safety and compliance while keeping an eye on competitive bids.
Let’s improve the safety and insurance coverage eligibility of your facility. To schedule your fire sprinkler system inspection, please contact us today. We’re happy to perform a free assessment of your needs. Do less. Get more done with SLM Facilities.