Dry pipe sprinkler systems are ideal for buildings with areas that reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, of which there are many in Maryland. Traditional wet pipe sprinkler systems can freeze and burst in these situations, causing expensive water damage. While dry systems cost more than wet systems, they can be well worth the investment if they are taken care of properly. If you have installed a dry pipe sprinkler system, you should know what maintenance is necessary over the system’s lifetime. Here are three essential parts of dry pipe fire sprinkler system maintenance to keep your building’s fire protection system working safely and smoothly.
1. Draining the System
The pipes of a dry system are supposed to be just that: dry. The pipes are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen instead of water, which keeps them from freezing. Because of this air, the inside of the pipes are exposed to oxygen and moisture, which is a recipe for corrosion. When moisture in the pressurized air falls out of suspension and condenses, it flows through the specially-sloped pipes to a drain called a “drip pan.” These drip pans should be drained regularly to keep moisture (and corrosion) to a minimum. Some experts suggest emptying these drip pans every quarter, but you should consult a local professional when deciding on a dry pipe fire sprinkler system maintenance schedule.
2. Routine Visual Inspection
Many problems with fire sprinkler systems can be detected during a simple visual check. Your dry pipe system should be visually inspected at regular intervals to check for corrosion, vandalism, or other physical pipe malfunctions. Doing this regularly is key to ensuring that any problems are addressed quickly and that your property is not left vulnerable to fire risk. If you notice any abnormalities or safety concerns, contact a fire safety professional promptly. A broken or malfunctioning fire sprinkler system will be of little to no use during a fire.
3. Consult a Professional
Anything concerning fire system maintenance should be run past a fire safety professional. There are many valves, alarms, gauges, and sprinkler heads that must be tested at regular intervals to ensure proper functionality of the system. Dry pipe fire sprinkler system maintenance is a vital part of your property’s fire safety, and the professionals at Biles Fire Protection can help you create and execute a sprinkler maintenance plan to ensure the safety of your business.
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If you need commercial fire prevention service, the trained professionals at Biles FPS are here to help you. We have the equipment and expertise to install sprinkler systems for the best prices. We are known for our superb customer service and reliable support; just ask our customers! Call us with your questions at 443-701-8330 or visit us online. For more tips, information, and to see what we have been up to, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.