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Maintenance

While fire sprinkler systems and their peripherals have been proven to save lives, property and equipment, they are also sophisticated systems comprised of many mechanical and electrical parts working in harmony.  Without ongoing maintenance of equipment, the cost of a fire sprinkler system can grow exponentially throughout its working life.  For these reasons, a thorough and proactive maintenance program is the best way to avoid system downtime and costly emergency service while allowing property owners/managers to accurately predict and budget system costs far in advance.  Additionally, regularly scheduled preventative maintenance has proven to extend the life of entire systems as well as expensive and critical components.

Approved Fire Prevention management and technicians are here to help our clients develop customized preventative maintenance programs to help avoid costly emergency service and system downtime.  Technicians on site provide invaluable feedback and suggestions regarding your systems.  Service managers complete the equation by analyzing technician’s findings of our customers' system and providing options for our clients based on NFPA standards and manufacturer’s suggestions.  While some companies continually avoid preventative maintenance suggestions, the staff at Approved Fire Prevention know the significant benefits and cost savings consistent with persistent upkeep.

After 12 years of dedicated service with many of the same clients, we have witnessed firsthand that the medium to long term benefits of preventative maintenance far outweigh the minimal upfront costs.  Contact Approved Fire Prevention today for a system assessment and customized maintenance program for your property.

Below are basic requirements for sprinkler system, standpipe system, fire pump and water tank maintenance per NFPA 25.  Please note, maintenance standards vary between systems and manufacturers.  Please contact our office for a comprehensive maintenance program tailored to your specific property’s needs.

Summary of Sprinkler System Maintenance

Item Frequency
Control Valves Annually
Dry/Preaction/Deluge Valves Annually
Low-Point Drains (dry systems)* Annually (before freezing weather)
Sprinklers and Automatic Spray Nozzles** Annually

Source: NFPA 25, 2011 Edition, Section 5.1.1.2.

*Auxiliary drains in dry pipe sprinkler systems shall be drained after each operation of the system, before the onset of freezing weather conditions and thereafter as needed.

**Sprinklers and automatic spray nozzles used for protecting commercial-type cooking equipment and ventilating systems shall be replaced annually.

Summary of Standpipe and Hose Systems Maintenance

Item Frequency
Hose Connections Annually
Control Valves Annually
Dry/Preaction/Deluge Valves Annually

Source: NFPA 25, 2011 Edition, Section 6.1.1.2.

Summary of Fire Pump Maintenance

Item Frequency
Hydraulic Annually
Mechanical Transmission Annually
Motor Annually
Electrical Systems* Varies
Controller, Various Components* Varies
Diesel Engine System, Various Components* Varies

Source: NFPA 25, 2011 Edition, Section 8.1.1.2.

*A preventive maintenance program shall be established on all components of the pump assembly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Summary of Water Storage Tank Maintenance

Item Frequency
Water Level Maintained At All Times
Control Valves Annually
Dry/Preaction/Deluge Valves Annually
Check Valves* Varies

Source: NFPA 25, 2011 Edition, Section 9.1.1.2.

*Internal components shall be cleaned, repaired, or replaced as necessary in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

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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