May 29, 2012

Annual Sprinkler System Winterization Service – No Pipe Freezing

Have a Certified Sprinkler Fitter perform a fire sprinkler system inspection and winterizing service (to keep your pipes from freezing) each year to ensure optimal fire protection.

If you’re a property manager who oversees parkades, unheated warehouses or freezer units you should be aware of the importance of annual winterization services for your dry sprinkler system.

Dry sprinkler systems may be filled with compressed air, but that doesn’t stop water from accumulating in the pipes!

Why Pipes Need to Be Purged for Dry Sprinkler Systems

Although dry systems may be filled with air, that doesn’t stop water vapor from condensing and building up along the piping. Over time, this water will collect and pool at low points in the system, making the pipes extremely vulnerable to cracking or bursting when the cold weather sets in. To make sure that doesn’t happen, your dry sprinkler system requires an annual winterization service which will purge this residual water from the pipes.

What Happens During Winterization Servicing

Typically, a winterization service is best scheduled for October or November, before the cold weather sets in.

The first step we take in our winterization service is to make sure that the clapper valve that separates the piping from the water main is actively sealed. We’ll then open the low point drain and inspectors test valve to allow the residual water to escape. Once all water vapor and droplets have been purged, we’ll close the drain and inspector’s test valve, allowing the air pressure to build back up in the pipes. This air pressure will once again create a seal against the clapper valve, allowing us to remove the temporary seal.

Get a Free Quote for a Sprinkler System Winterization Service Today

An annual winterization service by a professional fire sprinkler company is crucial. At Active Fire, we’ll make sure your pipes stay problem-free. Book a winterization service before a cold snap catches you and your pipes unaware!

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