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Cold Weather Maintenance Tips

Cold Weather Maintenance Tips

Cold Weather Maintenance Of Your Fire Protection Systems

Wayman Fire Protection, Inc. would like to make you aware of some general precautions and necessary maintenance that your fire protection system(s) need before the cold weather arrives. Please review and check the following as you survey your facility:

Wet Sprinkler Systems

  • All valve houses and rooms are properly heated, lit and cleaned.
  • All concealed areas with piping are properly heated.
  • Any insulation on pipes is properly placed and in good condition.
  • All piping near draft areas, like vents and fans, are not exposed to the external weather.

Dry Systems

  • All dry pipe valve enclosures are adequately heated, lit and cleaned.
  • All low points and drum drips need to be drained on a regular basis. (Use care when draining, as there is a potential to trip the system).

Fire Pumps And Water Storage Tanks

  • Check that heating systems are in good working order. (Consider low temperature alarms.)

In The Event Of Power Outages

  • Have a plan for safeguarding the fire protection systems.
  • The heating system will not function, which could lead to frozen pipes.

These are general guidelines and suggestions to consider before the freezing weather arrives. It is important to pay attention to the overall heating systems of your facility and any exterior pump rooms that are detached from the main building. As per NFPA 25, it is the owner's responsibility to check the fire protection system's general maintenance.

We want to do everything possible to help you keep your fire protection systems in good working condition as well as prevent winter emergencies. Should you have any further questions, please contact Bobby McGonigle, Sprinkler Operations Manager at 302-994-5757 or 1-888-4WAYMAN.

Posted on December 6, 2013