Avoid These 5 Common Fire Sprinkler Problems

Posted on September 11th, 2019

If you own or operate a business, you know you need to install a quality fire sprinkler system, and you need to have that system inspected regularly. Failure to do so doesn’t just violate National Fire Protection Association regulations (NFPA 25), it puts the safety of everyone at your facility in jeopardy.

At AMC Fire Protection, we install, inspect and repair commercial fire sprinkler systems throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. If your system is in need of an inspection, give our team a call today to schedule a visit or request a quote. 

To help you prepare for a successful inspection, here’s a list of five common issues we encounter with the systems we service.

  • Old Sprinkler Gauge — If the gauge on your sprinkler system is five years old or older, it’s outdated and needs to be recalibrated or replaced.
  • Obstructed Pipes — Over time, corrosion and mineral build-up inside pipes can compromise their performance, blocking adequate water flow. Inspectors are required to check for signs of pipe obstruction every five years.   
  • Tightened Packing Glands — Water is propelled through a fire sprinkler system by a fire pump, and a mechanism called a “packing gland” helps cool and lubricate the pump. These glands are supposed to leak a little, and tightening them in an attempt to “fix” the leak actually hurts, rather than helps.    
  • Missing Sprinkler Heads and Wrenches — Another important part of a sprinkler system is the cabinet that houses spare sprinkler heads and the proper wrenches for adjusting and installing sprinkler heads. Make sure those tools are in the proper place and can be easily accessed in an emergency.
  • Improper Signage — You’re required to display a number of different signs to clearly identify important elements of the fire sprinkler system, as well as alert and inform anyone who needs to operate the system at a moment’s notice. 

It’s easy to avoid all of these compliance issues by calling the leading fire sprinkler company in South Jersey to come and perform a full system inspection. While it’s a good idea to be aware of what’s going on with your sprinkler system, you can always trust the professionals at AMC Fire Protection to make sure everything is in place and ready to protect your property, customers and employees in the event of an emergency.

For more information or to schedule service, contact the team at AMC Fire Protection today.