We all know that fire sprinkler system connected to the mist fire suppression systems effectively put off the fire as soon as they are triggered. But what if these systems fail and start leaking? In such situations, the safety of your building or facility is compromised. If your sprinkler components start leaking internally, you might not know about it, and the leaks will secretly degrade the components as well as the walls in which they are concealed. If the sprinkler leaks externally, they may cause problems at your workplace. Let us understand some major causes of fire sprinkler leaks and how to prevent or fix them.
1. Equipment Failure
At times, the cause of leakages starts right from the installation of fire sprinklers. Improper installation, over-tight fittings, wrongly designed sprinkler components, inefficient repairs, and other mechanical issues can result in sprinkler leaks. Call a fire sprinkler professional so that he can inspect the fire sprinklers and fix the equipment mechanism failures.
2. Damaged Components
Sometimes, the sprinkler heads and other components such as pipes can get damaged due to other activities and lead to leakages. Damages happening during construction projects, or sudden bumps of a ladder are some common causes of sprinkler leaks. The best way to avoid such damages is to regularly check and maintain the system and ensure it is in good working condition. You can also install protective cages around sprinkler heads to prevent them from being tampered or getting damaged.
3. Loose Connections
It is obvious that when the connections of sprinklers or the components connected to them are loose, it results in leaks. Loose connections can prevail right from the time of installation or occur if a repairer leaves without tightly securing the components. Call a professional fire system expert and ask them to tighten all the connections properly when he comes for the maintenance work.4. Corrosion
Fire sprinklers and mist fire suppression systems are water-based systems, which means that they are constantly in contact with moisture. And like any other water-based mechanism, even the components of a fire sprinkler are prone to corrosion. Corrosion can eventually degrade the components leading to holes and cracks. This is how corrosion is one of the reasons for sprinkler leaks. If you notice a rotten egg smell, discolored water leaks, or rusting, corrosion may have caused the leak. Call the fire system experts and get the corroded components replaced.
Water in the components of a fire sprinkler can freeze due to extremely cold weather, sudden temperature fluctuations, and insulation failure. Freezing water can cause pipes to expand, crack, and burst. As the components start thawing, it can result in leaks through the cracks. Not only this, fire sprinklers in proximity to the open windows may freeze and leak. Therefore, it is necessary to install sprinklers away from doors and windows or keep the windows closed for as long as possible. Other solutions to prevent freezing and leaking is adding antifreeze solutions by insulating the pipes and around the sprinkler.
To make sure that your fire sprinkler is in good condition and prevent leakages, you must inspect your sprinkler system on a timely basis. If you don’t know how to go about the inspection process, you can call our fire system experts. Rotaflow Controls is NFPA certified, and our professionals can inspect and test your fire system as per the NFPA 25 standards.