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Seven Mistakes You Shouldn't Make When It Comes To The Installation Of Your Sprinklers

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One of the most important things you need to do to ensure safety in your building is to have a fire sprinkler system installed. Fire sprinklers help to minimize damage and injury due to fires.

Unfortunately, building owners often make installation mistakes when it comes to their fire sprinkler systems. The following are seven mistakes you shouldn't make when it comes to the installation of your sprinklers.  

Failing to refer to fire safety code requirements

You should consider fire safety codes the most important information source to refer to when it comes to the design of your fire sprinkler system.

Be aware of any applicable laws in your municipality, as well as OSHA requirements. Neglecting to comply with such regulations can not only be unsafe but can also cost you money in penalties. 

Being unaware of pipe diameter considerations

Pipe diameter is a key consideration regarding any fire sprinkler system. If the pipe diameter is too small, not enough water will be ejected from the sprinkler heads to fight a fire. If the pipe diameter is too large, there could be excessively high amounts of pressure in the system. 

It's important that careful calculations go into deciding on the appropriate pipe diameter for the facility in question. 

Assuming sprinklers should be placed as close to the ceiling as possible

Placing sprinklers too close to the ceiling can create problems. If sprinklers are right underneath the ceiling, their spray pattern may not be optimal for the facility in question. Therefore, you shouldn't assume that placing sprinklers higher is always better. 

Ignoring water pressure considerations

The water pressure in your facility's plumbing system will impact how water comes out of sprinkler heads when the sprinkler system is engaged. Be sure that any necessary adjustments are made to your facility's water pressure to ensure optimum sprinkler functioning. 

Not planning for possible obstructions beneath sprinklers

When it comes to designing your sprinkler system, it's important to consider what various interiors in your facility will be used for. It's also important to consider any equipment and potential obstructions that you may be placed in your interiors. 

Sprinkler system design should be adjusted for any possible obstructions to ensure sprinkler effectiveness. 

Not getting on a maintenance schedule at the time of installation

Simply having sprinklers installed properly is not enough. You also need to make sure that your sprinkler system is properly maintained over time.

A sprinkler system needs to be periodically tested to make sure that it is still working right. Also, parts like the sprinkler heads, valves, and pipe valves need to be inspected to make sure that they have not become obstructed or damaged. 

Neglecting a sprinkler test right after the installation is complete

A sprinkler system should be tested immediately after installation to make sure that it is functioning properly. Don't overlook this essential final step regarding installation. 

For more information about fire sprinkler installation, contact a local installation professional.


25 January 2021