Sprinkler System Installation & Repair

SPRINKLER SYSTEM INSTALLATION AND REPAIR

Automatic fire sprinklers are individually heat-activated, and tied into a network of piping with water under pressure. When the heat of a fire raises high enough to reach the sprinklers operating temperature (usually 165ºF), a solder link will melt or a liquid-filled glass bulb will shatter to open that single sprinkler, releasing water directly over the source of the heat.

Why Are Automatic Sprinkler Systems So Effective?

Sprinklers operate automatically in the area of fires origin, preventing a fire from growing undetected to a dangerous size, while simultaneously sounding an alarm. Automatic fire sprinklers keep fires small and controlled. The majority of fires in sprinklered buildings are contained by one or two sprinklers.

 

Aside from fire fighting and explosion fatalities, there has never been a multiple loss of life in a fully sprinklered building due to fire or smoke. Individual lives have been lost when the victim or his clothing or immediate surroundings became the source of the fire.

The cost of a complete sprinkler system depends on many factors, such as the building type and construction, availability of public water supply, and degree of hazard of the occupancy. For new construction, systems usually less than the cost of carpeting. Retrofit installations in existing buildings can be expected to cost somewhat more than for new construction, depending on the difficulty of installation and other factors.

The system cost can often be offset by insurance savings, and by specific design alternatives or “trade-offs” permitted by most building codes in view of the superior protection afforded by sprinklers. These trade-offs often include reduced fire-resistant requirements for structural components, longer exit travel distances, and larger building areas and heights.

If I have a sprinkler system, does it have to be maintained?

Yes, all sprinkler systems should be inspected and maintained after installation.
Ontario requires sprinkler systems to be Inspected and Tested in accordance with the NFPA 25 standard and the Ontario Fire Code.

When should I have my sprinkler system inspected?

This will vary depending on the type of devices installed on the system, the NFPA 25 suggests the following:

Control ValvesWeekly/Monthly
Gauges (Dry, and Pre-action systems)Quarterly
Gauges (Wet, and Deluge systems)Quarterly
Waterflow alarm devicesQuarterly
Valve supervisory signal devicesQuarterly
Fire department connectionQuarterly
Supervisory signal devicesAnnually
Hydraulic nameplateAnnually
BuildingsAnnually
Hanger/seismic bracingAnnually
Pipe & FittingsAnnually
SprinklersAnnually
Spare SprinklersAnnually
Information signAnnually
Obstruction, internal inspection of pipingEvery 5 Years
Heat tracingPer Manufacturer

When should I have my sprinkler system tested?

This also depends on the type of devices installed on the system, the NFPA 25 suggests the following:
Your Insurance company may have requirements.

Waterflow alarm devicesQuarterly
Supervisory signal devicesQuarterly
Vane and pressure switch-type deviceSemi-Annually
Valve Supervisory signal devicesSemi-Annually
Main DrainAnnually
Antifreeze SolutionAnnually
Valves (all types)Annually
Heat tracingPer manufacturer
Gauges Calibrate or ReplaceEvery 5 Years
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