Test Your Home Sprinkler System

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Residential fire sprinkler systems are life and property saving devices. Because they are becoming more commonplace around the country, as well as Payson, following is information pertinent to their maintenance.

Maintenance of residential automatic fire sprinkler systems is relatively simple. Additional and special tools are not required by homeowners, just a little time once or twice a year.

There are two basic residential systems; anti-freeze and wet.

Anti-freeze

The anti-freeze systems contain approximately 50/50 water and food-grade glycol. The anti-freeze systems are not flow tested in the same manner. The glycol needs to be tested annually by a qualified testing agency. If the glycol is found to not have the properties to meet the freeze protection, then the system will need to be drained and recharged by a qualified and approved company.

The homeowner should walk through the home and look for sprinkler heads where the escutcheons (decorative rings) may have fallen and replace those that are missing. The pressure gauge should also be checked and record the pressure before and after the flow test. This should be the approximate pressure found in the Town's water distribution system. Once testing is complete, we recommend keeping the testing records at the fire sprinkler riser and gauge.

Wet

The wet systems contain just water and should be flow-tested once or twice a year. If the fire sprinkler system is connected to a security system, please notify the monitoring agency before and after the test.

Before the flow test, the homeowner should walk through the home and look for sprinkler heads where the escutcheons (decorative rings) may have fallen and replace those that are missing. The pressure gauge should also be checked and record the pressure before and after the flow test this should be the approximate pressure found in the Town's water distribution system.

During the flow test the time from opening the test valve until the exterior flow bell activates should be noted. Once testing is complete, we recommend keeping the testing records at the fire sprinkler riser and gauge.

In either case, the Payson Fire Department asks that a copy of the test be forwarded to the Fire Prevention Division office. If homeowners need assistance with their residential fire sprinkler system, they are asked to call (928) 474-5242, ext. 300 for an appointment, and Fire Department personnel will help with testing and answering questions regarding the sprinkler system.

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