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Top 3 Details You Should Know About Commercial Fire Sprinklers

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Top 3 Details You Should Know About Commercial Fire Sprinklers Complete your routine maintenance on your building's fire suppression system

Sprinkler Maintenance

A well-functioning fire sprinkler system is an important safety feature in many commercial buildings in Crestwood, MO. Although sprinkler heads are often easily recognizable, many people may have misconceptions about how fire suppression systems operate. Others may fail to understand the importance of completing routine sprinkler maintenance.

1. Heat Activates Sprinklers

Smoke and fire are companions. However, contrary to popular belief, smoke does not activate sprinklers. The air above a fire’s flames heats rapidly and rises to the ceiling. Significantly hot air near the ceiling expands liquid inside a glass bulb located within the sprinkler head. The expanding liquid shatters the glass, which activates the sprinkler head, causing pressurized water to douse the flames below.

2. Sprinkler Heads Do Not Activate as a Group

Another common misconception about fire suppression systems is that activating one fire sprinkler will activate every unit within the building. However, sprinkler heads activate individually when exposed to extreme heat. Sprinklers that are not near the blaze will not release water, which helps contain water damage to the area directly affected by the fire.

3. Completing Routine Maintenance Is Essential

Pressurized water is essential for fire containment. Without adequate pressure, water may not spray out efficiently, minimizing the sprinkler’s effectiveness. To help ensure optimal performance in the event of an emergency, you should complete routine maintenance on your building’s fire suppression system. A thorough inspection should verify adequate water pressure, check for potential obstructions and evaluate pipes for leaks.

Dirt and grime may also impede proper sprinkler functioning. To alleviate this potential problem, you should routinely perform a fire sprinkler cleanup by wiping sprinkler heads with a damp cloth.

A commercial fire can be extremely destructive. A well-functioning fire sprinkler system can help suppress a blaze and may minimize the extent of water and fire damage restoration requirements. Completing routine sprinkler maintenance is a critical task that you should not neglect because it helps ensure your system is ready to operate when necessary.

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