Blog Posts: Sprinkler Testing

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If you live in the city, there’s nothing more important than getting regular fire sprinkler testing in NY. Living in a metropolitan area means that fire safety is absolutely vital. An errant fire could put not just your family, but also your neighbors in danger. Of course, you want to make sure your home is safe too.

When it comes to fire sprinkler testing in NY, you need to make sure you get the absolute best. Quality and expert installation could make all the difference in keeping you and your family safe. That’s why you should contact Allstate Sprinkler Corp.

The First Choice for Fire Sprinkler Testing in NY

fire protection company allstate sprinkler bronx 10462Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is the leading expert in fire sprinkler testing in NY and all over the Hudson Valley region. Our team of more than 100 professionals has a huge amount of expertise in inspecting, installing, and repairing residential fire safety systems. That’s why we’ve gained a reputation as the best provider of fire sprinkler testing in New York — with the most prompt and professional services in the industry.

When we perform your fire sprinkler testing in NY, we’ll leave you with the best and most protective fire safety system in your home. We’ll bring new pipes and fittings, as well as all the leading industry equipment. In the end, you’ll have a fire safety system that’s safe and up to code.

Combining Customer Service With the Best Fire Sprinkler Testing in NY

When it comes to fire sprinkler testing in NY, we will leave the job done with the safest and best sprinkler system available. Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is recognized by the New York City building department as a Master Fire sprinkler contractor. Our service techs are knowledgeable and experienced. With Allstate Sprinkler Corp., you can expect the best fire sprinkler testing in New York with the best customer service.

After all, we recognize that our job is your safety! If you need fire sprinkler testing in NY, contact Adam at Allstate Sprinkler Corp. at 718-524-3174 or adam@allstatesprinkler.com.

It is imperative to note that a fire protection system requires regular inspection and testing. That ensures that the system works in an emergency. One of the essentials to this inspection is a hydrostatic test, also known as a functionality test. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) describes a hydrostatic test is a test of a closed piping system. The test should include the piping system and its attached appurtenances. This test entails subjecting the piping to increased internal pressure to confirm system integrity and system leakage rates.

Notably, fire sprinklers to undergo hydrostatic pressure test every five years. This is a requirement of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). You must request that the FDNY representative come to witness the test by requesting an appointment. A fire sprinkler contractor who possesses a Class A or B license should do the request. It is imperative to note that NYC Department of Buildings issues the license.

When getting Hydrostatic Pressure Tests for your building in NYC, it is important to understand the various types of fire department connections.

Types of Fire Department Connections

The following are the most common Fire Department Connections, their respective colors and what the colors mean.

  • Green Caps –this indicates that the FDC supplies the fire sprinkler system exclusively,
  • Red Caps – this means that the FDC supplies the standpipe exclusively, and
  • Yellow Caps – this implies that the FDC supplies both the fire sprinkler and the standpipe.

Before the assigned day for a hydrostatic test, our experts can help you prepare the system. This is done by hooking up a hydrostatic pump to the fire department connection and pump high-pressure water into the system. Afterward, the expert will disconnect the pump and a compound gauge installed for the test marked. Alternatively, the inspecting officer can just take a photo for later inspection. An inspector from FDNY will conduct a compliance walkthrough inspection of the property while you watch.

What Is the Purpose of the Test?

The FDNY requires the test to ascertain that your building’s fire department connection system can hold pressure if a fire emergency occurs. Furthermore, the FDNY hooks up their pumper truck to your system.

The test is similar to the pumper-truck pressure hook up. In the event of a fire, the FDNY does not want a situation where a building’s FDNY connection is unable to hold. This is especially the when FDNY injects additional pressure to your system. The FDNY inspector will want to see that the pressure gauge does not go below the allowed pressure in the given time.

Preparing for the Test

All State Sprinkler Corp can conduct a pre-test of your system to ensure that it is all set ahead of the FDNY test. This helps to ensure that your building’s fire department connection system passes the test when the FDNY inspector comes.

 

 

Something patients never want to hear about, and they won’t have to for all of the major hospitals that have called on AllState Fire Sprinklers Corporation for any of their NYC Hospital Sprinkler Violations they have received.

It is something more common than first thought. But knowing that a NYC hospital’s first priority tends to deal directly with patients – something like local ordinances and rules in NYC can sometimes get overlooked.  That is where the experience at AllState Fire SprinklersCorporation comes in handy.

Crucial to keeping on top of these , regular inspections by AllState Fire Sprinkler Corporation will keep your hospital out of the red with the local authorities.

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AllState Fire Sprinkler Corporation perform 5-Year hydro-static pressure tests on a daily basis with Fire Department personnel. Their testing crews work on sprinkler and standpipe systems – supplied by either a gravity tanks, pressure tanks or street level city water supplies.

Their office support staff will make every attempt to make answer your violations timely. The scheduling of these tests is handled directly with the Fire Department’s appointment desk.

Five-year hydro-static pressure tests are life-saving procedures. These tests simulate actual fire department events that take place during a fire. They perform these tests as accurately and diligently to assure you that your sprinkler system will always be fire ready

Allstate Sprinkler Corporation is recognized as one of the most reliable, responsive & respected fire sprinkler contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. As a full service organization they are committed to assist you with all of your commercial and residential fire protection needs. Their services include, but are not limited to the following: complete design-build abilities for the installation, alterations and repairs of both fire sprinkler and fire standpipe systems; NFPA 25 inspection and testing services; Local Law 26 evaluation and compliance; prompt correction of all FDNY violations; -5- year hydro-static pressure tests of sprinkler and standpipe siamese connections; emergency service and repairs; fire pump installations, testing and repairs; fire extinguisher sales and recharging; and all fire safety related products and equipment.

 

For all of your New York City Fire Codes compliance issues, remember that Allstate Sprinkler Corporation are also experts in fire department sprinkler testing in New York City.  If you have any questions regarding a fire sprinkler systems installations, 5-year sprinkler test, commercial sprinkler systems, residential fire sprinkler systems, hydro-static pressure testing, or fire sprinkler testing in the Bronx, Brooklyn,  Manhattan, Staten Island or Queens,  please contact Allstate Sprinkler Corporation  at (718) 524-3174.

In need of fire department sprinkler test in New York City? When it comes to such a high-priority job, Allstate Sprinkler Corp. knows sprinkler testing is extremely important. We have over 100 full-time employees on staff, trained and supervised throughout a comprehensive apprenticeship.

Fire Department Sprinkler Test in New York City

If you or your business have been served a fire department sprinkler violation in New York City, you’ll need a professional company that specializes in fire sprinkler testing to bring your equipment up to code. That’s where Allstate Sprinkler Corp. comes in. We are the experts in fire sprinkler tests and inspections in New York City.

We make it our responsibility to provide the top fire sprinkler testing in New York City and other New York areas, so as to eliminate any fire department hassle for you and your business. We use the tests to determine that any newly installed or previously existing fire sprinkler equipment operates to the manufacturers’ and the fire department’s standards. In addition, we ensure that the water supply is adequate.

5-Year Hydrostatic Pressure Test

At Allstate Sprinkler Corp., we perform 5-year hydrostatic pressure tests in New York City on a daily basis with Fire Department personnel. Our testing crews work on sprinkler and standpipe systems.

Five year hydrostatic pressure tests are life-saving procedures. These tests simulate actual fire department events that take place during a fire. We perform these tests as accurately as we can in order to assure that your sprinkler system will always be ready to take action in case of a fire.

Fire Protection Agency Law

As of January, 2012, the National Fire Protection Agency Standard #25 law came into effect in New York. The NFPA 25 law requires all business owners to have their fire safety equipment inspected, tested, and serviced at the appropriate intervals by a licensed individual or company. These requirements are significantly more rigid than businesses may have been used to over the past half century, but failure to keep up with these inspections can result in substantial fines for your local company in New York City.

If you or your business have been served an FDNY sprinkler violation in Nassau County, you’ll need a professional company that specializes in fire sprinkler testing to bring your equipment up to code. That’s where Allstate Sprinkler Corp. comes in. We are the experts in fire sprinkler tests and inspections in the Nassau County area.

Fire Protection Agency Law

As of January, 2012, the National Fire Protection Agency Standard #25 law came into effect in New York. The NFPA 25 law requires all business owners to have their fire safety equipment inspected, tested, and serviced at the appropriate intervals by a licensed individual or company. These requirements are significantly more rigid than businesses may have been used to over the past half century, but failure to keep up with these inspections can result in substantial fines for your local company in Nassau County.

Fire Sprinkler Testing

At Allstate Sprinkler Corp., we make it our responsibility to provide the top fire sprinkler testing in Nassau County and other New York areas, so as to eliminate any fire department hassle for you and your business. We use the tests to determine that any newly installed or previously existing fire sprinkler equipment operates to the manufacturers’ and the fire department’s standards. In addition, we ensure that the water supply is adequate.

If your building is one that just comply with standpipe hydrostatic pressure testing, we can take care of that, too. If we find any issues with your fire safety systems, we can repair your sprinkler or any other mechanism and get you up to code as soon as possible.

With the ability to test, inspect, and repair your fire sprinkler systems, Allstate Sprinkler Corp. is your one-stop-shop for fire safety testing in Nassau County. So, if you need to get your business’ fire safety up to code quickly and efficiently, Allstate Sprinkler Corp. offers the best fire sprinkler testing in Nassau County. Contact us at (718) 524-3174.

 

What does it take to be a New York City Fire Sprinkler System Inspector?

A New York City fire sprinkler system inspector is a civil-service job and as such it is a position that is recruited through a standardized written examination given by the NYFD. The application materials for just the test are specific and may take some effort for the potential test taker to gather and complete for submission.

Certificate of Fitness

New York City Fire Department requires a “certificate of fitness” application to be submitted before being scheduled for the instpector’s exam. The application is available for download from the City as a PDF.

Application Information

There is a $25.00 application fee payable by cash, credit, money order, or personal check. Note that debit cards are NOT accepted as a form of payment. Application Fees: $25.00 for originals and $5.00 for renewals. Checks should be made payable to the New York City Fire Department. The $25.00 fee must be paid before being allowed to take the test. Application forms are available at:

Public Certification Unit

1st Floor

9 MetroTech Center

Brooklyn, NY 11201

or at this link: http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/a20.pdf

Test Information

The New York City Fire Department examination for Fire Sprinkler Inspectors is known as S-12. The NYFD advises prospective test takers that, “the S-12 test will consist of 75 multiple-choice questions, administered on a ‘touch screen’ computer monitor. It is a time-limit test. A passing score of at least 70% is required to secure a Certificate of Fitness.

Call (718) 999-1988 for additional information and forms.

 

The following materials will be provided to you as reference material when you take the test (however, the booklet will not be provided to you during the test).

  1. Temperature Ratings Classifications and Color Coding Table
  2. Reference Guide for inspection, testing and maintenance (Section XII)
  3. Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Sprinkler Systems Activities & Records (Section XIII)
  4. Reference guide for inspection, testing and maintenance (S-95 Supervision) for fire alarm systems & other related systems

Please always check for the latest revised booklet at the FDNY website before you take the test: www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/business/support/support.page

Qualification requirements

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicants must have a reasonable understanding of the English language.
  3. Applicant must provide two forms of identification, at least one form of identification must be a government-issued photo identification, such as a state-issued drivers’ license or non-drivers license or a passport.
  4. Applicants must present a letter of recommendation from his/her employer. The letter must be on official letterhead and must state the applicant’s full name, experience, and the address where the applicant will work. If the applicants are self-employed or the principal of the company, they must submit a notarized letter attesting to their qualifications. The sample letters are available at the link: www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/business/support/support.page

or at:

Public Certification Unit

1st floor

9 MetroTech Center

Brooklyn, NY 11201

  1. Applicants not currently employed may take the test without the recommendation letter. If the applicants pass the test, FDNY will issue a temporary letter with picture for the job seeking purpose. The Certificate-of-Fitness card will not be issued unless the applicants are employed and provide the recommendation letter from his/her employer.

Are you considering a career as a New York City Fire Department sprinkler inspector?

What is a Hydrostatic Pressure Test?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Hydrostatic testing is the method used to pressure test … critical components for leaks and structural flaws by pressurizing them with a liquid.” A hydrostatic pressure test is a method of testing fire extinguisher canisters and fire sprinkler system plumbing like pipes, tanks, boilers, and tanks for strength and to discover any leaks, which may reveal themselves only under pressure.

Systems

A hydrostatic pressure test involves filling the vessel or system to be tested with water under pressure. Sometimes, the water in the system will be dyed a bright color to make any leaking liquid more pronounced visually when it does actually leave the system. The system’s pressure readiness is measured by how much pressure is lost after the system is pressurized to a specific PSI (pounds per square inch), and its strength is measured by any permanent deformation done to the vessel under pressure.

Hydrostatic pressure tests may be required by law to be performed at regular intervals to ensure safe up-to-date operation of the system when it is needed. These tests are performed to identify and correct any defects or degraded materials that make up the system when exposed to a normal or above-normal operating pressure.

Cylinders

Most cities in the United States have laws or building codes that require pressure vessels like fire extinguishers to be tested regularly, for example every two years (with a visual inspection annually) for high-pressure gas cylinders and every five or ten years for low-pressure ones such as fire extinguishers. Gas cylinders which fail are normally destroyed as part of the testing protocol to avoid them being reused. These common gas cylinders have the following requirements:

  • DOT-3AL gas cylinders must be tested every 5 years and have an unlimited life.
  • DOT-3HT gas cylinders must be tested every 3 years and have a 24-year life.
  • DOT-3AA gas cylinders must be tested every 5 years and have an unlimited life. (Unless stamped with a star (*) in which case the cylinder meets certain specifications and can have a 10-year hydrostatic test life).

Typically organizations such as ISO, ASTM and ASME specify the guidelines for the different types of pressure vessels.

Fire Sprinkler Testing

All State Sprinkler Corp. performs five-year hydrostatic pressure tests on a daily basis with New York City Fire Department personnel. Our testing crews work on sprinkler and standpipe systems – supplied by gravity tanks, pressure tanks, or street-level city water supplies. The scheduling of these tests is handled directly with the fire department’s appointment desk.

Five-year hydrostatic pressure tests are life-saving procedures. These tests simulate actual fire department operations that take place during a fire. All State performs these tests as accurately and diligently to assure you that your sprinkler system will always be fire ready.

Fire Pump And Insurance Testing In NYC And What You Need To Know

Allstate Sprinkler Corporation performs field acceptance testing of newly installed as well as existing sprinkler systems and fire pumps. These tests demonstrate that your sprinkler system and fire pumps are performing according to the manufacturers’ specifications. The fire pump and insurance testing works to ensure that you’re receiving the correct amount of water necessary for the correct functioning of your sprinkler system.

Insurance tests and fire pump performance tests can deteriorate over time or be affected by impairments to water supplies. It’s important for you to have a regular insurance testing in order to identify any problems with your system, ensuring that the sprinkler system and fire pump are able to operate when you need it.

Your Fire Pump is the Heart of Your Fire Protection System

Why is it essential to test and maintain a fire pump regularly?
The importance of your fire pump works to reinforce the public water supply when a public water main is unable to provide the necessary volume or pressure your automatic sprinkler system needs to work. If the water demand surpasses the capability of the water supply, or if no water is available, your fire pump will need to be able to start promptly during any emergency.

Your Fire Pump Needs Constant Care
It is critical for you to establish a regular fire pump inspection, testing, and maintenance check to ensure the proper function of your fire pump.

Check Up Weekly:

  • Valves + Piping: Check your fire pump’ suction, discharge and bypass valves to ensure that they’re open and piping is free of leaks. (in most cases, the fire pump valves should be locked)
  • Pump Control: Check your system’s fire alarm conditions; that the controller is in automatic start mode.
  • Pressure Relief: Verify that your relief valves are operating properly. This means that water should not be flowing through them; relief valves are designed to keep water pressure from exceeding the system’s design pressure in the event a pump driver experiences an over-speed condition, or if the public water supply pressure increases.
  • Pump Cooling: Check the water flow. Slight leakage is normal and indicates water lubrication and cooling is adequate. Also check the pump casing and bearing for overheating or any signs of excess vibration.
  • Water Supply: During colder weather, make sure heat is provided to the supply lines and the suction source. For open bodies of water, check the suction intake for any possible obstructions. Verify during any drought or dry conditions have no significantly reduced the water supply. For public supply booster pumps, check of valves on the suction line.
  • Pump Room Temperatures: Check your pump room temperatures, making sure they are at the correct temperature appropriate for your fire pump system.
  • Diesel Engines: Make sure your engine is clean, dry and running smoothly

Check up Monthly:

  • Check level and specific gravity of the diesel engine battery electrolytes
  • Check for corrosion of diesel engine batter terminals and condition of cable lines and connections

Many building projects throughout New York City must comply with a standpipe Hydrostatic pressure testing, and Allstate Sprinklers can help! If you have any questions or concerns about the Fire Pump testing in your building, or the Insurance Testing in NYC call us at 718-524-3174.

 

1.    “Fire Pump Inspection Checklist”. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2016.

Anyone who knows or owns real estate also knows that one of the top priorities toward maintaining a property is safety. As a property manager or building owner, you’re responsibilities include making sure that all aspects of your property meet the proper health codes and safety standards; including a fire sprinkler and standpipe system.

One of the best ways to ensure a properly functioning fire sprinkler and standpipe system is the Five year hydrostatic pressure test. The five year hydrostatic pressure text in NYC is crucial to avoiding any emergencies, such as fire related casualties or property damage; and our team at Allstate Sprinkler Corp promise that you don’t have to do it alone! All of us at Allstate Sprinkler Corporation will gladly help you to achieve your fire sprinkler and standpipe system safety goals.

Allstate Sprinkler Corporation is recognized as one of the most reliable, responsive & respected fire sprinkler contractors in the New York City metropolitan area (Located in the Bronx). One of our many services that we offer at Allstate Sprinkler Corp is your first hydrostatic pressure test, so you don’t have to worry.

What is a hydrostatic pressure test?
In the simplest of terms, the hydrostatic pressure test confirms that your fire sprinkler and standpipe components are working properly and are acceptable for fire department use. More specifically, the test is performed every 5 years to verify that:

•    The piping has been put together properly
•    There are no leaks
•    The fire department connection can withstand the highest pressure that the system is likely to experience.

The test is completed by applying hydrostatic pressure to the fire department connection and maintaining the pressure for up to 2 hours. The hydrostatic pressure test can only be performed by a Master Fire sprinkler contractor who has a Class A or B license issued by the NYC Department of Buildings, such as Allstate Sprinkler Corporation.

Why is a hydrostatic pressure test necessary?
Well, aside from the points mentioned above, maintaining your system is crucial if you’re trying to avoid any fire related casualties and property damage. The five year hydrostatic pressure test in New York City will not only let us know that your system is working properly, but will give us the results you need keep your building safe for your tenants and piece of mind. The FDNY will issue a violation if you do not receive a hydrostatic pressure test for your fire sprinkler system in New York City.

How do I prepare for the Five year hydrostatic pressure test?
To help you prepare for your upcoming Fire Department test, our team at Allstate Sprinkler Corporation recommends for you to schedule a pre-test prior to your test date in order for you to verify that your system is ready to pass inspection. A pre-test for your sprinkler system in New York City is a simulation of the Fire Department test, without the Fire Department being present. This allows us to make any necessary repairs toward your system so you can be sure it passes the test in the presence of the Fire

Department inspector. Allstate Sprinkler Corporation will go to your location to perform the pre-test, and notify you as soon as possible with our recommendations. Pending your approval, we will make the necessary repairs to your sprinkler system and re-test until the test is successful; this will ultimately limit the risk of failing your hydrostatic pressure test – saving you time, money and frustration from repeat tests and additional paperwork. To learn more about what the test involves, feel free to check out our website!

Why Allstate Sprinkler Corporation’ hydrostatic sprinkler test?
At Allstate Sprinkler Corp, we are recognized as an industry leader working on significant projects spanning the entire NYC metropolitan area and have earned an outstanding reputation with the FDNY. You can contact us at: 718-597-0090 before your next scheduled five year hydrostatic pressure test and you’ll be sure to pass with flying colors!