Sprinkler systems are a critical part of any business’s safety and emergency planning protocol — but if a system isn’t taken care of, it can quickly lose its efficacy. As winter quickly approaches, it’s more important than ever that you begin to consider any care and maintenance your sprinkler system may be lacking. Draining drum drips is an essential aspect of dry fire sprinkler system maintenance that often gets forgotten, despite its high importance.
What is a Drum Drip?
When you are using a dry sprinkler system, the pipes need a drain to ensure that any water that collects due to condensation is kept out. These drains are known as “drum drips.” While condensation may not create too much water, it can add up faster than you might think. Dry sprinkler systems are often used in areas that are prone to freezing, making the risks that much higher. If these drum drips are left full of water, they can freeze and cause damage to the entire system and put your facility at risk of water damage.
Where is a Drum Drip Found?
Also known as auxiliary drains, drum drips can be found in a few specific places in your sprinkler system. They are almost always found around the systems lower sections and maybe near elevation changes in the pipes. With the importance of regular draining in mind, it’s required that the location of each drum drip be notated on an informational placard in your facilities control riser. Not only does this notation make finding and maintaining your drips more convenient, but it also helps others find them in case of emergency.
How and When to Check Your Drum Drips
Even if no water is found, drum drips should be checked once a week throughout the fall and winter seasons. When the weather is approaching incredibly low temperatures, the drips should be checked once a day. Anytime you perform dry fire sprinkler system maintenance, you will need to check and empty your drum drips daily until it’s clear that pipe discharge has stopped.
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