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Tips for Winterizing Your Fire Sprinkler System

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As temperatures begin to drop, now is the perfect time to perform essential winter maintenance tasks at your commercial building or facility.

Winterizing your business’s fire sprinkler system is a great starting point, helping you prevent crises like flooding from burst pipes or a system that fails to activate during a fire.

Liberty Fire Solutions can get your property winter-ready with commercial fire sprinkler inspection and maintenance. We’re a trusted leader in fire protection services to many of the area’s businesses, providing solutions you can count on to keep people, property, and assets safe.

The Benefits of Winterizing Your Business’s Fire Sprinkler System

Commercial fire sprinkler systems are highly reliable, so it can be easy to put off or forget to perform routine maintenance that ensures they operate properly when needed.

Ensuring your building’s sprinkler system can respond quickly in a fire emergency keeps everyone and everything safe.

How To Winterize Your Fire Sprinkler System

  • Buildings with dry fire sprinkler systems: These should be drained of all water before the weather reaches freezing temperatures. Ensuring low points are drained should guarantee the system is free of water. Also, make sure the riser or pump rooms are kept above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Facilities with a wet sprinkler system: These should always be above 40 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure their proper function unless it’s an antifreeze system. In that case, check your system’s antifreeze levels based on newly implemented NFPA 25 requirements and verify they’re adhering to your system’s specific guidelines.

Even unoccupied spaces should have heating maintained to avoid sprinkler breaks, which can cause water damage.

Remember, temperatures above drop ceilings will be lower than the office areas, and since this is where the sprinkler piping is typically installed, dialing the thermostat back to temperatures in the low 50s or 60s means the temperatures above the ceiling won’t be maintained as high in an occupied space.

After winterizing, you should continue to visually inspect your sprinklers, whether it’s a dry or wet system. You’re looking for any signs of leaks or corrosion that could lead to a breakdown or complete failure.

It only takes a minimal investment today to reap the benefits of cost savings, equipment reliability, and peace of mind.

Schedule a Fire Sprinkler Inspection

Setting up an inspection with Liberty Fire Solutions before the first frost ensures your sprinklers operate efficiently and effectively throughout the winter, protecting your buildings, facilities, and the people in them against fire risks. 

Our professional and knowledgeable team takes enormous pride in providing exceptional fire protection services for businesses throughout Central Pennsylvania and western Maryland. Our customer-centric approach makes us your ideal single-source provider for all your fire safety needs.

Request an estimate for fire sprinkler services by calling Liberty Fire Solutions at (814) 239-3473 today.

Category: Fire Sprinklers