Fire Sprinkler System Inspection & Testing
Serving Portland OR | Beaverton OR | Vancouver WA | Longview WA
Something as small as a hairline crack in a pipe or a badly calibrated valve gauge can make the difference between half of a room with a bit of fire and water damage and a life-altering conflagration. Fire sprinkler inspection catches these and other problems to greatly reduce the chances of something awful happening. Inspection combined with regular fire sprinkler system testing makes the most difference when it comes to safeguarding the buildings, furnishings, materials within, and the people.
Yearly Fire Sprinkler Inspection
According to federal guidelines put forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), every sprinkler system installed must be inspected once per year. If any part is found to be not up to operational code, it must be fixed or replaced right away. This not only keeps every building in compliance with the law but also maximizes protection and the ability of the sprinkler system to sense and deal with any fire that occurs.
Regular inspections include:
- Visual check of pipes, support, sensors, control panel, nozzles, and other hardware.
- Drain tests and pressure checks
- Valve inspection and lubrication
- Integration with auditory and visual fire alarms
- Checks for functional and unobstructed sprinkler heads
Effective Fire Sprinkler System Testing
Certified technicians with the right knowledge and experience can inspect and test every type of sprinkler system including wet, dry, and deluge valves. The tests cover everything from the included sensors’ initial detection of smoke or heat to the triggering of the water, air, or chemical suppression agent’s release. The integration between the fire sprinkler system testing, the fire alarm, and monitoring services are likewise checked.
Besides the annual fire sprinkler inspection, the entire system should be checked over whenever it is used or compromised in any way. Some property owners choose more frequent testing to ensure the safety of their employees and the valuable records, products, materials, and machinery housed inside the buildings.