Keep Your Fire Sprinkler System Working As Well As Possible During Cold Winter Months

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If you have sprinkler systems installed in your business to put out a potential fire, it is important to realize that some of the pipes could lead under the building or on the roof where they can be exposed to the cold temperatures and could possibly freeze. Use the following guide to learn everything you need to know about protecting your business from a sprinkler system freeze.

Protect Your Sprinkler System Pipes

The best thing you can do to protect your sprinkler system from freezing is to have the pipes properly insulated. There is specific insulation available that has a slit in one side of it so it can be easily wrapped around pipes. Zip ties can be used to keep it from moving.

Have the Pipes Inspected Regularly

To ensure that there is no chance of the pipes freezing, it is important to make sure that they are inspected regularly by a professional plumber. The plumber will know how to spot signs of potential damage and notice any issues that need to be addressed before the harsh winter weather hits. It is best to have your pipes inspected in the fall to ensure they are ready for winter.

Know How to Spot a Freeze

If you notice that the water pressure has significantly dropped or no water comes out of the faucet during the cold winter months, it often means that your pipes may have frozen and burst. The pipes used in sprinkler systems are often quite small causing them to freeze quickly. If a pipe has frozen and burst, it will need to be replaced right away so that the sprinkler system will work properly if a fire breaks out in your business.

Flush the Pipes As Needed

Water sits in the pipes of the sprinkler system until a fire sets off the system. Over time, water can become stale and have a horrible stench to it. It is best to have a plumber flush the old water out of the pipes every few years to ensure that the water does not have a stench to it. If the sprinkler system goes off accidentally, stale water will spray over your entire business and could force you to have to replace the furniture, carpeting, and drapery because the stench will be present even after the items are cleaned.  

A plumber can maintain and replace any pipes that may be affected by the cold winter weather. Ensuring that you have the pipes repaired or replaced as soon as possible is important. If a fire breaks out and your fire sprinkler system has frozen pipes, the water will not be able to get where it needs to go and your business could burn up in flames.

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