4 Reasons Fire Sprinklers Fail

Fire sprinklers are meant to be used as a safety feature that helps prevent fires from spreading. Although they are important life-saving features, they can end up being activated when there are no fires present. This can result in a significant amount of damage that can cost property owners thousands of dollars or more. Learn more about why fire sprinklers might fail, and consider investing in a fire sprinkler shut-off tool to help protect your property from damage. 

Defective Sprinkler System

A fire sprinkler system that has a defective component or damage to any part of it can fail. This is one of the least likely causes of fire sprinkler failure, though, since these systems are generally dependable when they’re installed correctly and regularly inspected. Fires are among the most common causes of damage to sprinkler systems. If your building has had a fire, it’s important to have your fire sprinkler system thoroughly inspected. This can help lower the risk of having fire sprinklers going off at other times when there isn’t a fire.

Hazards Involving the Sprinkler System

In some cases, defects or changes to areas that involve or affect sprinkler systems can cause them to activate when there are no fires around. For example, any changes that affect the way water is distributed in the building might cause a fire sprinkler system to go off on its own. Problems with the way the building was constructed and issues involving passive fire protection can also lead to fire sprinkler system failures. Setting up fire barriers and firewalls can help improve a fire sprinkler system’s reliability. A fire sprinkler shut-off tool can help if these systems activate without a fire present in the area.

Inadequate Fire Sprinkler System

Fire sprinkler systems must be adequate enough to provide protection based on the building’s contents. Regular hazards typically don’t require the same amount of adequacy as high hazard materials or contents. If the type of contents being stored changes over time or if other changes create situations where the building has higher hazards, the fire sprinkler system should also be updated or upgraded as needed. Failing to do so can cause problems with the fire sprinkler system’s ability to operate properly.

Problems with the Water Supply and Maintenance

Issues with the water supply system, such as valves being damaged or improperly installed, can have a big impact on a fire sprinkler system’s operation. For example, maintenance on the building’s water supply might involve closing off valves in some areas. Problems with water pressure in other areas could also affect the fire sprinkler system’s ability to work as intended. Keep in mind that routine inspections and maintenance on the fire sprinkler system are an important part of ensuring that they’re able to operate properly. Not doing so can cause part of the system to fail when it should be working or become activated when there are no fires in the area.

If you’re looking for a dependable fire sprinkler shut off tool for your building, please contact Shutgun to learn more about our products. Shutgun is designed to shut off fire sprinklers immediately if they’re activated for reasons other than fire.

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