But another major problem that is popping up, and will likely continue to get worse as the cold continues, is frozen pipes, which means plumbers are some of the busiest people during this deep freeze.
Eyewitness News caught up with plumbers Kevin Guyon and Luis Sanchez at Martina Restaurant on East 11th Street. On Tuesday morning, a worker found water cascading through the ceiling in the basement, all coming from the restaurant bathroom.
"Never thought it would have been the sprinkler system," executive chef Nick Anderer said. "But sure enough after we explored everything up in there, the sprinkler head had come down and it was just gushing right out from an open sprinkler head."
There is a big and noticeable difference between the broken sprinkler head in the restaurant basement and a brand new one, and that is the new sprinkler head's inclusion of a heat sensor. Guyon, who works for the Allstate Sprinkler Corporation, says a build up of ice is what caused the sprinkler to malfunction and send water gushing out.
"It expands the sprinkler head and it diffuses," Guyon said. "And then once the temperature rises again, the water starts to come out."
"It's like a tape. Wrap it around. It's like a wire," Sanchez said. "You wrap it around the pipe so it can keep it warm."
"Make sure you have heat, plenty of heat," Guyon added.
All in all, a sprinkler head with a heating coil is a simple solution to help prevent a major nightmare during the cold months ahead.
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What are special hazard sprinkler systems?
A sprinkler system typically is designed to broadcast water over a large area to dowse a fire. It is effective and prevents a fire from further damaging the building or its contents. But what is a “special hazard” sprinkler system?
Special hazard fire sprinkler systems protect installations or inventory that is of exceptionally high monetary (or other type) value. Museums, libraries, archives, art galleries, and record-keeping facilities use special hazard fire sprinklers to prevent fire but protect from damage the building’s inventory. Data centers, telecommunications rooms, healthcare facilities, machine rooms, etc. all have special hazards that a fire sprinkler contractor and installer has to consider when designing a new system or updating an old one.
Special Hazard Fire Protection systems are:
The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) is an organization of manufacturers, suppliers, and designer-installers, dedicated to providing this higher level of fire protection. The FSSA identifies these benefits of a special hazard fire protection system:
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Five Types of Sprinkler System Malfunctions
The fire sprinkler systems in our Queens buildings stand quiet sentry until called into action to dowse a fire and perhaps save lives. Fire sprinklers in Queens are effective and low-maintenance systems that rarely if ever malfunction. But when a fire sprinkler system malfunction does occur, the water it distributes can cause as much damage to a facility as a fire can. It’s important, and in many cases it is the law, to perform a regularly scheduled routine of inspection and repair when required. The experts at Allstate Sprinkler Corp. can assist as experts in sprinkler systems in Queens.
Overhead water sprinklers are activated by the heat that the sprinkler head senses in the room. When a room’s temperature reaches a specific measure, the sprinkler will open and spray water. Sprinkler heads are rated for temperature, whether the temperature is from a very hot ambient air temperature or an active fire situation. Know what kind of temperatures your facility is exposed to, and factor those conditions into the choice of sprinkler head temperature activation for that area.
Sprinkler systems in Queens are susceptible to the effects of cold temperatures as well as hot. Fire systems that use water can be severely damaged if the water within the pipes freezes. Anti-freeze chemicals can be added to the water in the system to prevent freezing, and some fire sprinkler systems remain dry or empty (thus obviating any freezing) until a fire is detected.
Constant exposure to water within the system’s metal pipes and fixtures can lead to areas of rust or corrosion in the system that may present a condition for a catastrophic failure of the system. Annual inspections of the system are effective at identifying and moving to repair any faulty system components.
Faults in the sprinkler system may be the result of disuse or improper installation (overtightening connections, etc.). An experienced fire sprinkler installation company in Queens with solid references will stand by their work if these types of failures are discovered.
Most sprinkler systems in Queens fail because of some sort of human interference with the system like tampering with the exposed fire sprinkler heads. Hanging material from the systems pipes, heads, or valves is a direct detriment to the system and may affect its performance when it is called upon. Bumps, strikes, or illegal adjustments to the system can compromise the sprinkler’s firefighting capabilities or cause the system to fail entirely.
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NFPA 25 Inspection
NFPA 25 requires an internal inspection of fire sprinkler system piping in NYC every five years. This is to be conducted to inspect for the “presence of foreign organic and inorganic material.” Foreign materials can cause obstructions to pipe and sprinklers.
Three levels of inspection
Internal Pipe Inspection
This requires the opening of a flushing connection at the end of one main and removal of one sprinkler head near the end of a branch line. These openings are to be inspected for the “presence of foreign organic and inorganic material.”
Internal Pipe Examination
For ‘at-risk’ systems, NFPA 25 lists conditions in which this type of internal pipe exam is to be performed. This inspection requires internal pipe examinations at the following four points of a fire sprinkler system:
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This is to be performed if foreign organic or inorganic material is found during an internal pipe inspection. NFPA 25 provides the requirements to conduct obstruction investigations.
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