It has been proven time and time again that fire sprinkler systems are highly effective at keeping your home or office building safe from fires and that they can greatly improve your chances of survival during a fire emergency. But fire sprinkler systems are not a “set it and forget it” technology – far from it, in fact. In order to keep them operating at their best, fire sprinklers need periodic testing and maintenance. If you need testing and maintenance services for your Houston, Texas building’s fire sprinkler system, call Kauffman Co. today!
It is easy to think that your fire sprinkler system, once set in place, will last for a lifetime. If your fire sprinkler is properly cared for, it will. However if common issues like water degradation and impairment are not addressed, your fire sprinkler’s reliability can be reduced to the point where the sprinkler is no longer an effective fire suppression option. Fortunately, proper periodic testing and maintenance of your fire sprinkler can all but eliminate these risks and allow your system to run perfectly and keep your home or building safe for years.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published standards for addressing the testing and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems. These standards are detailed in the NFPA 25, an industry recognized reference source that is usually adopted by local authorities for the enforcement of proper fire sprinkler system testing and maintenance procedures. The NFPA 25 provides a schedule for fire sprinkler inspection, testing and maintenance as well as an outline of the basic fire sprinkler inspection procedure. The testing outline requires that a main drain test be performed at each sprinkler system riser to determine whether or not there have been any changes in the condition of the water supply, the water supply piping or the control valves. This test must be conducted annually.
Depending on your water supply configuration, your building’s fire sprinkler system may require more than an annual fire sprinkler test and annual maintenance. For instance, if the sole source of the water supply is through either a backflow preventer or pressure reducing valves, the main drain test should be conducted every three months.
Having periodic maintenance and testing performed on your fire sprinkler system is arguably more important than installing the system in the first place. If you want to protect your Houston, Texas home or building and keep your family and employees safe from fire with a fire sprinkler system, call Kauffman Co. today!
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