If it’s been a while since you’ve checked in with your internal sprinkler system, you might have an inspection coming up. Here’s what you need to know about your 5 year internal sprinkler inspection: what it’s for, what to expect, and how to prepare.
Your internal sprinkler system must be inspected at regular intervals to ensure it has received the necessary maintenance and will function properly if needed.
Your sprinkler system pipes and hardware can develop obstructions caused by MIC (microbiology influences corrosion), rust, slime, or other materials, which could minimize or block the flow of life-saving water, causing the entire system to fail when you need it most.
To keep you, your property, and your customers and employees safe, you must conduct a thorough inspection of your internal sprinkler system a minimum of every five years. And it’s not just for your peace of mind — the 5 year internal sprinkler inspection is also mandated by the NFPA.
According to NFPA 25, the year 5 internal sprinkler inspection tests the flow of water at four points of the system: system valve, riser, cross main, and branch line. The inspection should also address other areas of the system that could cause concern, including valves, gauges, sprinkler heads, water storage, and the FDC.
If the presence of organic or inorganic matter is found within the system, a deeper, more comprehensive obstruction investigation must follow. Requirements to conduct the investigation are provided by NFPA 25.
To prepare for the 5 year internal sprinkler inspection and maintain the safety of your facility and its occupants, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance of your internal sprinkler system, replacing and inspecting parts as necessary.
A specialized technician can help you evaluate your current system, update old or obstructed parts, and make sure your internal sprinklers perform at optimal efficiency, so you can trust you’ll be protected in the event of a fire emergency.
Time for your 5 year internal sprinkler inspection? Schedule yours with Vanguard Fire & Security.