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Inspection

We were founded as an inspection company and continue to focus on this aspect of our business.  A fire suppression system is an invaluable asset, only if it is properly inspected and maintained.  Our team of dedicated inspectors are trained to perform inspections in compliance with the national standard of NFPA 25 as well as local standards of the fire suppression unit of the New York City Fire Department and the local jurisdictions of surrounding areas.  All of our inspectors carry necessary certificates of fitness for the locations they inspect, including a mandatory certificate of fitness for individual standpipe systems located within New York City.

Fire suppression consists of highly mechanical systems that require constant monitoring and preventative maintenance.  System types include standpipe, wet sprinkler (heated spaces only), dry sprinkler, deluge and pre-action systems.  These systems can be fed from street level city water mains, gravity tanks and/or pressure tanks and can require electric or diesel fire pumps.  Beyond system complexities, the likelihood of accidental contact or vandalism to critical valves, gauges and other components means a fire suppression system is at constant risk of failure.  However, following the national and local standards for inspection has proven to minimize system malfunction and failure, providing the critical level of protection necessary for persons and property.

In addition to performing inspections, jurisdictions have strict paperwork requirements including copies of inspections located on premises and a card listing all inspections performed in the last three years.  While New York City does not require submittal of inspection reports, many local jurisdictions in surrounding areas have made this practice mandatory.  Our administrative staff is familiar with all paperwork requirements and make sure all properties are in compliance so the customer does not have to.

Deficiencies found during inspections are screened by knowledgeable office staff and reported to customers promptly after inspection.  All deficiencies requiring correction are quoted to the customer with a detailed scope of work and breakout of costs.  Our staff is available to discuss actions of correction and customer’s options as to correct deficiencies quickly and cost effectively.

Below are the basic requirements for sprinkler system, standpipe system, fire pump and water tank inspection per NFPA 25.  New York City and surrounding local jurisdictions requires property owners to strictly follow this standard.  Please note, inspection standards vary for different systems and additional inspection criteria are necessary for auxiliary components and systems.  Please contact our office for a full proposal tailored to your specific property’s needs.

Summary of Sprinkler System Inspection

Item Frequency
Control Valves (not locked or tampered) Weekly
Control Valves (lock or tampered) Monthly
Gauges (dry, preaction and deluge systems)* Monthly*
Gauges (wet pipe systems) Monthly
Waterflow Devices Quarterly
Valve Supervisory Switches Quarterly
Supervisory Signal Devices (except valve supervisory switches) Quarterly
Hydraulic Nameplate Quarterly
Fire Department Connections Quarterly
Buildings Annually (prior to freezing weather)
Hanger/Seismic Bracing Annually
Pipe and Fittings Annually
Sprinklers Annually
Sprinklers Spare Sprinklers

Source: NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2008 Edition 

*Where air pressure supervision on dry, preaction or deluge systems is not connected to a constantly attended location, gauges shall be inspection monthly.

Summary of Standpipe and Hose Systems Inspection

Item Frequency
Summary of Standpipe and Hose Systems Inspection Weekly
Control Valves (lock or tampered) Monthly
Pressure Regulating Devices Quarterly
Piping Annually
Hose Connections Annually
Cabinet Annually
Hose Annually
Hose Storage Device Annually
Hose Nozzle Annually (and after each use)

Source: NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2008 Edition

Summary of Fire Pump Inspection

Item Frequency
Pump House, Heating, Ventilating Louvers Weekly
Fire Pump System Weekly

Source: NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2008 Edition

Summary of Water Storage Tank Inspection

Item Frequency
Water Temperature (cold weather / warm weather) Daily / Weekly
Heating System (cold weather / warm weather) Daily / Weekly
Control Valves (lock or tampered) Weekly
Control Valves (lock or tampered) Monthly
Condition of Water Tank (cold weather / warm weather) Monthly / Quarterly
Water Level (no supervisory alarm) Monthly
Air Pressure (no supervisory alarm) Monthly
Water Level (supervisory alarm) Quarterly
Air Pressure (supervisory alarm) Quarterly
Tank - Exterior Quarterly
Support Structure Quarterly
Catwalks and Ladders Quarterly
Surrounding Area Annually
Hoops and Grillage Annually
Painted/Coated Surfaces Annually
Expansion Joints Annually
Interior (steel tanks with no corrosion protection) 3 Years
Interior (other tanks) 5 Years
Check Valves 5 Years

Source: NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2008 Edition

Reprinted with permission from NFPA 25-2011, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, Copyright © 2010, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.  This reprinted material is not the complete and official position of the NFPA on the referenced subject, which is represented only by the standard in its entirety.

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