Blog Posts: NFPA 25

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Inspect, Test, and Repair Fire Sprinklers According to NFPA 25 Standards

From commercial buildings to apartment complexes, many buildings have a fire sprinkler system. The purpose of these systems is to prevent fires from spreading throughout the complex.

Most fire sprinkler systems operate automatically, however, they do require experts to conduct an NFPA 25 inspection to ensure the systems are in working order and will function as designed.

The NFPA 25 inspection requires building owners to monitor several things. These requirements include:

  • inspecting the pipe system gauges
  • ensuring water pressure maintenance
  • inspecting the alarm valves

However, inspecting all of these on your own can be a challenge. Therefore, building owners and managers need companies who can conduct these inspections for them.

So, how can you identify the best company? If you’re not sure, keep reading! We’ll give you tips for this selection in the guide below.

NFPA 25 Fire Code Compliance

The first thing to look for in an NFPA 25 inspection company is specialized training. Theoretically, a building super or firefighter could perform this inspection.

However, a fire sprinkler repair company has the specialized training to meet fire code compliance rules. So, they can ensure your system meets the most updated NFPA guidelines.

Likewise, they can also perform all the complex tests and procedures your building needs to remain compliant. When you look for companies, look for their certifications in this training.

Choose an NFPA 25 Company That Manages Projects Well

A quality inspection company manages its projects well and provides outstanding service to its clients.

When searching for a company, find one that keeps its appointments. Ideally, this company will utilize point software with interactive schedules. This way, both technicians and their headquarters can view the schedule.

Excellent Customer Service

When dealing with your fire sprinklers, you need a company with excellent customer service. This customer service starts with your first contact with this company.

So, pay close attention. Does the company pick up your call and promptly schedule an appointment? Do they quickly respond to your email?

Or, does the company place you on hold interminably? That moment of first contact often tells you everything you need to know about this company’s interactions with its customers.

The thoroughness of NFPA 25 Inspections

As we mentioned above, your NFPA 25 inspection involves more than your sprinkler systems. They also include alarm valves and pipe system gauges, among other things.

When searching for your company, make sure they tackle these other issues. The last thing you want is to discover your system still has deficiencies – even after an inspection is performed.

What’s Their Reputation Like?

Finally, investigate a company’s reputation. What do other building managers and owners say about their services?

There are several ways to find this out. You can ask around to see which company other buildings use for their inspections. You can also explore online reviews to see how people regard their experiences with this inspection team.

Consider Working With Allstate Fire Sprinklers

Following these tips can help you find the best NFPA 25 inspection team. So, use those tips to critique our performance!

We at Allstate Sprinkler take pride in our NFPA 25 expertise. We feel confident that we can keep your system compliant with the best standards.

So, if you don’t have an inspection company, don’t hesitate! Contact us today to request a quote.

Inspect, Test, and Repair Fire Sprinklers According to NFPA 25 Standards

 

About Allstate Sprinkler

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. was founded in 1972 by William and Gladys Goodrich who emigrated from Russia and Poland in search of a better life in America. William, ‘Bill’, learned and mastered the fire protection trade over 5 decades of tremendous learning and effort. Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is recognized as one of the most responsive, thorough, and reliable fire sprinkler contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. We are currently licensed and conduct business throughout the -5- boroughs of New York City, Westchester County, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Lower Hudson Valley, and Northern New Jersey. We have also successfully completed large construction projects in Baltimore, Maryland; Albany, New York, and Syracuse, New York.

FDNY Adoption of NFPA 25: Inspection and Testing of Fire Sprinkler Systems

Effective January 1, 2012, The Fire Department of New York City adopted The National Fire Protection Association’s Standard #25.  This standard significantly impacts and changes the requirements for inspecting and testing all sprinkler systems in all facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a highly trusted, not-for-profit organization that is recognized as a leading information and knowledge resource for fire, electrical, and life safety hazards. NFPA Standard # 25 identifies and governs the inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements of water-based fire sprinkler systems.  The inspection, testing, and maintenance regiment of NFPA 25 will inform property owners and/or their tenants about the readiness and integrity of the fire sprinkler systems throughout their facilities.

The importance of Timely/Regular NFPA 25 inspections:

To ensure that fire sprinkler systems are working and tested properly, NFPA 25 provides a suggested timeline and frequency to perform the specific requirements. It is essential to follow the requirements of monthly, quarterly, and annual inspections and testing. Although the monthly inspection is usually a visual inspection, quarterly and annual frequencies require more thorough and detailed testing requirements.    The inspection requirements vary according to the particular system(s) within a facility and the following paragraphs are summaries based upon the NFPA 25 standard recommendations.

Monthly Visual NFPA 25 Inspections:

Monthly visual inspections standardized by NFPA 25 provide immediate visible confirmation if the sprinkler system is in good, working condition.  The most important tasks to perform during a visual inspection are:  1. Inspection of all control valves only equipped with locks and/or supervised tamper switches. 2. Inspection of all gauges (wet, dry, pre-action, deluge systems) 3. Inspection of all alarm valves 4. Inspection of all dry pipe valves and their heated enclosures 5. Inspection of spare sprinkler heads and spare wrench 6. Inspection of fire department connections. 7. Inspection of the backflow device 8. Inspection of the booster pump and jockey pump The visual inspection acts as a baseline indicator for property owners or building engineers to estimate the functionality of their sprinkler system. NFPA 25 describes this inspection as a visual assessment to make sure that there are no visible problems with the system and it is reliable with no visible, physical damage.

Quarterly Tests and Inspections of:

Quarterly tests and inspections standardized by NFPA 25 include the monthly visual inspection(s) identified above as well as the important tasks identified below:

  1. Examination of the control valves to confirm they meet the following requirements:
  2. The valves must be in their original position, open or closed.
  3. The valves should be correctly secured, protected and monitored
  4. The valves should be accessible and reachable with no external leakage
  5. Alarm valves including the retard chambers and drains should be leak-free.
  6. The valves should show no physical damages
  7. The valves are suitably tagged and identified
  8. Pressure reducing valves are maintaining the downstream pressure as per design criteria.
  9. All wheel handles are in good condition.
  • Examination of all the gauges of the sprinkler and confirm they meet the following requirements:
  • Wet sprinkler systems: Confirm that all gauges are in excellent condition and the pressure from the water supply is also sufficient.
  • Dry Sprinkler systems: Confirm that all gauges are in excellent condition and that there is accurate pressure on the supply side of the dry pipe valve as well as on the quick-opening device, where applicable.
  • Mechanical water-flow alarm devices must be free from any physical damage and tested through the appropriate test connection with alarms actuating and flow being observed.
  • Hydraulic nameplates for calculated systems are securely attached to the riser and legible.
  • Fire department connection(s) are visible, accessible, not damaged with plugs, gaskets in place and in good condition with identifying sign(s) in place and lower check valves are not leaking with automatic ball-drips in place.
  • Post indicating valves need to be opened/closed accordingly.
  • Priming levels and quick opening devices on dry pipe systems are tested accordingly.
  • Main drain tests for systems downstream of backflow devices are performed recording both static and residual pressures.

Annual Test and Inspections:

Annual tests and inspections standardized by NFPA 25 include the monthly and quarterly regiment identified above as well as the important tasks identified below:

  1. Inspection of the hangers, piping and fittings throughout the building where accessible
  2. Confirm that the visible sprinkler heads are free of corrosion, free of physical damage, free of obstruction to the spray pattern and free of foreign materials including paint.
  3. Confirm that there is adequate sprinkler protection throughout the facility where access is granted.
  4. Operate each sprinkler control valve by closing and then restoring it to the fire ready position.
  5. Perform annual dry-pipe trip test for dry systems.
  6. Drain and blow out all low-point drumdrips on dry systems.
  7. Perform full-flow fire pump test(s) (if pumps exist)
  8. Confirm adequate heat is provided, as necessary.
  9. Perform an internal obstruction assessment – every 5th year.
  10. Lastly, examine the water flow in the water supply pipes and check if there is any change in its condition.

Conclusion

Fire sprinkler systems save lives and property!   The regular, timely inspections and testing of such systems as per NFPA 25 will provide building owners, tenants and firefighting personnel the utmost confidence that the sprinkler systems installed throughout the City of New York will function as designed. NFPA 25 is regularly being enforced by the FDNY and in order to avoid any violations, please contact Allstate Sprinkler Corporation to perform these mandated inspections and ensure that you are compliant with the governing laws of New York City.

About Allstate Sprinkler

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is a licensed Master Fire sprinkler contractor with the New York City building department. Providing our customers with cost-effective, professional, and reliable service is our priority. We hope that you will enjoy our website and become a part of our family customer base.

Allstate Sprinkler Corp. was founded in 1972 by William and Gladys Goodrich who emigrated from Russia and Poland in search of a better life in America. William, ‘Bill’, learned and mastered the fire protection trade over 5 decades of tremendous learning and effort. Our family business has developed from a “mom and pop” company into a highly regarded fire protection contractor servicing the New York City Metropolitan area. Our commitment is to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. We have built a reputation on the sound principle of providing professional service and high-quality products to all our customers. Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is recognized as one of the most responsive, thorough, and reliable fire sprinkler contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. We are currently licensed and conduct business throughout the -5- boroughs of New York City, Westchester County, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Lower Hudson Valley, and Northern New Jersey. We have also successfully completed large construction projects in Baltimore, Maryland; Albany, New York, and Syracuse, New York.