Your fire protection systems are designed and installed to meet building codes in the Houston area however, they do much more than meet your city’s building code. These fire protection systems also work to keep your business safe in case of a fire.
Most systems are water-based and work through a sprinkler or sandpipe system. The key to the systems working to their full capability is to have them connect to fire department connections.
The fire department connection also known as the FDC is a component that is found on most water-based systems. When a fire is detected and the sprinkler system activates the fire department can then connect their hose lines from a pumper truck to the sprinkler system. This helps supplement the fire protection system, offering your building a better chance of minimizing damage from a fire.
The number and type of FDC that should be installed in your building will depend on the type of fire sprinkler system installed and how large your building is. Our team at Kaufmann Co. can assess your building sprinkler system and your building layout to make sure you have the right amount of FDC’s installed to protect your building.
The fire department connection is made up of three main parts, these parts include the inlet, check valve, and piping connection. It is important to have your FDC tested regularly to make sure all parts are in working order. Your connection should be hydrostatically tested to confirm that installation was completed properly, that the whole connection is in a stable condition and that no leaks will arise.
It is also important that your connection is equipped with caps or a plug. The reason for this is to prevent dirt or debris from getting into the piping when this occurs water flow can be inhibited or even prevented from getting to your sprinkler system.
If you would like to keep your building safe in the case of fire, you should have your fire department connections assessed to make sure they are installed and working correctly. The team at Kauffman Co. can help Houston area businesses with both installation and inspection of your current connections.
Contact us today at 713-893-1090, to find out more or to schedule a visit.
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