With the frigid cold of winter upon us, it is important to take measures to ensure that your fire sprinkler system can withstand the plunging temperatures. Frozen sprinkler lines could cause damage to the property if it bursts, or worse yet, the system could fail when you need it most. GMW Fire Protection is Anchorage, Alaska’s leading fire protection company. They are committed to keeping your home and business safe and offer you the following checklist to ensure your sprinkler system is winter ready.
Here's Your Winter Fire Sprinkler System Preparation Checklist
In wet sprinkler systems, the pipes are always full of water that only gets sprayed when triggered. Because there is a constant supply of water in the lines, there is a chance that it could freeze and eventually cause a pipe in the system to burst. If there are parts of the sprinkler system that run through unheated space, you’ll need to take measures to ensure the temperature in those areas remains warm. In some instances, you can use a bit of antifreeze in the water to help prevent the problem.
The pipes in a dry sprinkler system are filled with pressurized air, which contains the water until triggered. Although dry systems don’t hold water in the lines, there may still be condensation that could freeze. A trained technician can deal with this problem by identifying and draining water out of low spots in the system.
The best course of action when dealing with either system is to maintain proper heat to keep the pipes from freezing. Make sure all heating sources are functioning correctly. Seal all cracks that could let in cold air. You should also make sure attics are adequately insulated to help keep the warm air in, and the cold air out.
Ensuring your sprinkler system is ready for the winter can keep the system operational and ready to respond at a moment’s notice. For the most reliable fire sprinkler system installation in the area, turn to GMW Fire Protection. They have more than 15 years of experience providing clients with high-quality service, honest and fair pricing, and top-notch customer service. They are even available 24/7 to be there for you in an emergency. Give them a call at (907) 336-5000 or visit their website for more information.