Fire Sprinkler System Care & Maintenance Tips
Winterizing Your Fire Sprinkler System
Like all water pipes, water-filled fire sprinkler system piping is subject to freezing when temperatures drop below 32°F. Water leaks caused by freezing and bursting pipes can cause damage and interrupt your business. Implement an effective freeze-up prevention program using the following elements.
List, inspect, and maintain fire sprinkler systems if they:
- Contain water that is to be drained before the onset of cold weather.
- Contain water that is protected by anti-freeze solutions.
(Have your sprinkler system inspected annually to check the solution's freezing point.)
- Are in unheated areas and contain water.
Survey buildings and equipment to find insulation and heat tracing deficiencies. Check for unwanted outside air; look for vents and openings in windows, walls, roofs, or floors. Repair broken doors and windows.
Drain low points (drum drips) on dry pipe sprinkler systems to remove water from condensation or accidental trips.
Provide adequate heat (40ºF or higher) for dry pipe valve rooms, pump rooms, and water tanks. Provide adequate heat throughout areas susceptible to freezing, like stairwells, above dropped ceilings, and in attics.
Remove snow and ice from roofs, hydrants, sprinkler control valves, and roadways. Maintain drains clear of snow and ice. Maintain clear paths to drains.
Remember Lifeguard Fire Protection for all of your fire sprinkler system needs, including emergency repairs. Contact us at 803-892-2136 during business hours, or use the following numbers for emergencies at any hour.
Von Ray Price 803-309-3076
Dennis Reilly 803-309-3100
Jody Harmon 803-309-3072
* These freeze-up prevention tips are taken from property insurance recommendations and are not intended to be an exhaustive list. Contact Lifeguard Fire Protection, Inc. if you have specific questions or concerns about your fire sprinkler system.