How to Avoid Sprinkler System Issues on your Commercial Property!
Most Common Problems!
Water can be corrosive to metal piping if it differs from a neutral pH, and impurities in the water can lead to scaling.
Scale is a build-up of minerals on the pipe surface. As minerals fall out of water, they attach to the pipe surface. The pipe opening becomes constricted. This constriction limits water flow and increases pressure loss.
Corrosion happens as charged ions in water attract ions from metal pipes’ surface. This can eat away parts of the metal surface, and lead to pieces flaking off. Corrosion deposits can settle in the sprinkler head outlets and limit how much water can be released.
How to Avoid these Issues:
- Valve status tests
- Internal piping assessments
- Fire pump operating and flow tests
- Forward-flow tests for backflow preventers
- Risk assessment and performance-based testing programs
- Preparing pre-planned impairment reports
- Hydrant flushing and testing
- Overall system testing
Fire sprinkler system malfunction is a serious issue and risk, and can cause your commercial property to suffer serious water damage. However, if you keep an eye on your system and make sure to take preventative measures, you should be in good shape!
If the worst case scenario does occur, and you suffer water damage, we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County and West Chester! We are faster to any size disaster, and will make it “Like it never even happened.” We work in cleanup, restoration, and construction, so we can help your commercial property get back to normal after disaster strikes. Call Danielle at 610-506-8919 so we can help today.