Fire Sprinkler

Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance & Testing

Fire Sprinkler systems have been the most effective form of fire protection for decades, but they must be inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association and the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Inspection:
Fire sprinkler systems are required to be inspected in accordance with NFPA 25. An inspection is a visual examination of a water-based fire protection system, or portion thereof to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free of physical damage. Our highly trained technicians can inspect and service all types of sprinkler systems. We can also provide training in the proper use and maintenance of your system so in a fire situation everyone will be prepared to respond appropriately.

Testing:
A procedure to determine the status of a system by conducting physical checks on water-based fire protection systems such as water-flow tests, fire pump tests and trip tests of dry pipe, deluge, or pre-action valves. These tests follow up on the original acceptance test at intervals specified in the appropriate chapter of the standard NFPA 25.


Inspection and Testing Requirements for Fire Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler Systems

Monthly

Quarterly

Semi-annual 

Annual

Other 

NFPA Code

NFPA 25

Inspection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gauges - Dry, PreAction & Deluge

 

 

 

 

2-2.4.2

Gauges on dry, preaction, and deluge systems shall be inspected weekly to ensure that normal air and water pressures are being maintained.

Gauges - Wet Pipe Systems

 

 

 

 

2-2.4.1

Gauges on wet pipe sprinkler systems shall be inspected monthly to ensure that they are in good condition and that normal water supply pressure is being maintained.

Control Valves

 

 

 

 

(See "Valves" below)

Hydraulic Nameplate

 

 

 

 

2-2.7

The hydraulic nameplate, if provided, shall be inspected quarterly to verify that it is attached securely to the sprinkler riser and is legible.

Buildings

 

 

 

 

2-2.5

Annually, prior to the onset of freezing weather, buildings with wet pipe systems shall be inspected to verify that windows, skylights, doors, ventilators, other openings and closures, blind spaces, unused attics, stair towers, roof houses, and low spaces

Hangers/Bracing

 

 

 

 

2-2.3

Sprinkler pipe hangers and seismic braces shall be inspected annually from the floor level.

Pipe & Fittings

 

 

 

 

2-2.2

Sprinkler pipe and fittings shall be inspected annually from the floor level.

Sprinkler Heads

 

 

 

 

2-2.1.1

Sprinklers shall be inspected from the floor level annually.

Spare Sprinkler Heads

 

 

 

 

2-2.1.3

The supply of spare sprinklers shall be inspected annually…

Valves (All Types)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(See "Valves" below)

Testing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Drain

 

 

 

 

 

(See "Valves" below)

Antifreeze Solution

 

 

 

 

2-3.4

The freezing point of solutions in antifreeze shall be tested annually by measuring the specific gravity with a hydrometer or refractometer and adjusting the solutions if necessary.

Gauges

 

 

 

 

2-3.2

Gauges shall be replaced every 5 years or tested every 5 years by comparison with a calibrated gauge. Gauges not accurate to within 3 percent of the full scale shall be recalibrated or replaced.

Sprinkler Heads

 

 

 

 

2-3.1.1

Where sprinklers have been in service for 50 years, they shall be replaced or representative samples from one or more sample areas shall be submitted to a recognized testing laboratory acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction for field service test

Sprinkler Heads - Extra High Temp

 

 

 

 

2-3.1.1

Exception No. 3*: Representative samples of solder-type sprinklers with a temperature classification of extra high [325°F (163°C)] or greater that are exposed to semicontinuous to continuous maximum allowable ambient temperature conditions shall be tested

Sprinkler Heads - Fast Response

 

 

 

 

2-3.1.1

Exception No. 2: Sprinklers manufactured using fast response elements that have been in service for 20 years shall be tested. They shall be retested at 10-year intervals.

Maintenance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valves (All Types)

 

 

 

 

(See "Valves" below)

Obstruction Investigation

 

 

 

 

10-2.2

Systems shall be examined internally for obstructions where conditions exist that could cause obstructed piping. If the condition has not been corrected or the condition is one that could result in obstruction of piping despite any previous flushing procedures.

Valves

Monthly

Quarterly

Semi-annual 

Annual

Other 

 

 

Inspection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Control Valves

 

 

 

 

9-3.3.1

All valves shall be inspected weekly.

Alarm Valves

 

 

 

 

9-4.1.1

Alarm valves shall be externally inspected monthly.

Check Valves

 

 

 

 

9-4.2.1

Valves shall be inspected internally every 5 years to verify that all components operate properly, move freely, and are in good condition.

Preaction/Deluge Valves

 

 

 

 

9-4.3.1.3

The interior of the preaction or deluge valve and the condition of detection devices shall be inspected annually when the trip test is conducted.

Dry Pipe Valves/Quick Opening Devices

 

 

 

 

9-4.4.1.4

The interior of the dry pipe valve shall be inspected annually when the trip test is conducted.

Backflow Prevention Assemblies

 

 

 

 

9-6.1.2

All backflow preventers installed in fire protection system piping shall be tested annually…

Testing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Drain

 

 

 

 

9-2.6

A main drain test shall be conducted quarterly at each water-based fire protection system riser to determine whether there has been a change in the condition of the water supply piping and control valves.

Waterflow Alarm

 

 

 

 

9-2.7

All waterflow alarms shall be tested quarterly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Control Valves

 

 

 

 

9-3.4.1

Each control valve shall be operated annually through its full range and returned to its normal position.

Preaction/Deluge Valves

 

 

 

 

9-4.3.2.2

Each deluge or preaction valve shall be trip tested annually at full flow in warm weather and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Dry Pipe Valves/Quick Opening Devices

 

 

 

 

9-4.4.2.1

Each dry pipe valve shall be trip tested annually during warm weather.

Backflow Prevention Assemblies

 

 

 

 

 

9-6.2.1

All backflow preventers installed in fire protection system piping shall be tested annually…

Maintenance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Control Valves

 

 

 

 

9-3.5

The operating stems of outside screw and yoke valves shall be lubricated annually.

Preaction/Deluge Valves

 

 

 

 

9-4.3.3.2

During the annual trip test, the interior of the preaction or deluge valve shall be cleaned thoroughly and the parts replaced or repaired as necessary.

Dry Pipe Valves/Quick Opening Devices

 

 

 

 

 

9-4.4.3.2

During the annual trip test, the interior of the dry pipe valve shall be cleaned thoroughly and parts replaced or repaired as necessary.

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