Maintaining your fire suppression system in the winter

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Preparing your fire sprinkler systems for the winter is a pretty important if you want to make sure your suppression system is in tip-top working condition. If you don’t, you’re leaving yourself exposed to a wide range of potential problems and issues.

Here are some things you need to be thinking about as the winter progresses – as well as some of the reasons you’ll want to make sure your system is getting expected this winter.

Let’s jump right in.

Sprinkler system testing

Most fire safety pros would suggest that whether you experience cold weather or not – that you get your wet, dry and antifreeze sprinkler systems inspected before the onset of winter. There are a number of things your fire service pros will need to check for – such as making sure ball drips work properly, heat tracing is in tact and operating as it should, and ensuring that piping is insulated the way it needs to be, etc.

 

Even if cold weather isn’t an issue, you’ll still need to make sure things like pre-action systems aren’t flooded, that drains are working as they should and that you’re not dealing with condensation in air compressor tanks and the like. Whether you’re dealing with snow or not – there’s a lot your system needs to be checked for.

Speaking of which….

If I’m in warm weather do I really need to do this?

Short answer: yes. Even if you’re in a warmer winter climate, you still should get your system inspected in the winter. While it might seem counter-intuitive, warm weather pipes can actually be a little more susceptible to pipe freezing because when they’re installed, insulation measures are ignored. It only takes one or two off-kilter, colder-than-usual days for a pipe to freeze and burst.

That aside, it’s also important just for the usual wear and tear systems will experience. If there was a ‘best time’ to get your system inspected and serviced – the winter is most certainly it.

From there on, out

Whenever the temperatures dip below ‘normal’ – it’s important that you be prepared and make sure your system is ready. Winterization is a weird concept for us Floridians to understand, but it’s still important that we’re doing our part to make sure our fire suppression systems are well maintained and ready for whatever is thrown at them.

If you’re looking for someone to do preventative maintenance on your fire suppression system, then give us a call today and we’re happy to give you a free consultation. Good luck!

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