What are common problems associated with indoor sprinkler systems?
Educating yourself about the common problems with indoor sprinkler systems will help prevent the need for repairs. Whether they are installed in an apartment complex, industrial building, hospital, warehouse, or other building, fire sprinkler system repair can cost a lot of money. This is why professional installation and regular inspections are essential. IA problematic sprinkler system may not work efficiently (or at all) if repairs are needed.
Here is a look at the common problems you need to be aware of.
Freezing or Overheating
There are different types of sprinkler systems. Some come with dry pipes and some with wet pipes. If you don’t have the right type installed, the risk for problems is increased. The most common type is a wet pipe system. Since the piping is filled with water, freezing can occur in cold temperatures. Ice causes the piping to expand, which results in problems such as the pipes and fittings breaking and accidental activation.
Overheating can be a problem as well, since indoor sprinkler systems respond to heat. When installed too closely to sources of heat, such as lighting, heaters, skylights, etc…, accidental activation can occur.
Rust and Corrosion
If too much time passes between inspections, the pipes, fittings, and heads can become corroded. This can lead to all sorts of problems, including leaking heads, damaged pipes, and outright failure. The leaking itself is an inconvenience to the people inside the building. Building owners are responsible for replacing any sprinkler component that is rusted or corroded. Even if it’s just a small leak, call specialists to perform the fire sprinkler system repair.
Defects or Damage
Even if just one component has a defect, the integrity of the entire indoor sprinkler system is compromised. A defect could be caused by a number of factors, from the manufacturing to faulty building construction. If a wall or ceiling has undergone renovation, the sprinkler system could become damaged. If not installed properly, a component could become detached from the rest of the system.
Sprinkler heads can be knocked off as well. This problem isn’t uncommon when a building is being renovated.
Sadly, the heads can be damaged due to vandalism. Whether it’s a customer, guest, disgruntled employee, or thief, deliberate sabotage is also not unheard of.
A sprinkler system just might not be powerful enough to put out a fire. It can become overwhelmed by a fire if it’s not large enough. Even if it’s perfectly built and installed properly, it may still be under designed. The larger the building, the more pipes and heads are required for a sprinkler system.
Cheap tools, inexperienced installers, and mixed up components are just a few reasons why the installation process can go wrong. If it’s not even installed properly, a sprinkler system won’t be of much help at all. Either it will not work at all, or it will not function the way that it needs to. Poor installation can lead to accidental activation as well as failed activation.
If you suspect that there might be a problem with your indoor sprinkler system, or have concerns about whether it was installed properly, make sure you work with experienced professionals who know how to handle fire sprinkler system repair.