Fire Sprinkler Inspections
Fire Sprinkler & Standpipe Inspections on Vancouver Island
Sprinkler systems and associated water-based fire protection systems are a critical component of any fire protection strategy, and regular inspections are vital to ensure their effectiveness. Our sprinkler inspection services are tailored to meet the specific needs of your facility, whether it’s a commercial building, residential complex, or industrial facility. By adhering to the recommended service intervals, we help you meet the requirements laid out by the BC Fire Code and NFPA 25, keeping your building in compliance and safeguarding occupants and property. With our thorough inspections, we identify any potential issues, perform necessary maintenance, and troubleshoot problems promptly, ensuring that your sprinkler system operates at its peak performance when it matters most.
At Cantec Fire Alarms, we take fire safety seriously, and our comprehensive sprinkler inspection services are designed to ensure that your building’s fire protection system is in optimal working condition. Our team of highly trained and experienced professionals, including red-sealed sprinkler fitters and ASTTBC trained Registered Fire Protection Technicians, are dedicated to providing meticulous inspections that comply with the BC Fire Code and NFPA 25 standards. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, you can trust us to keep your sprinkler system fully operational, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.
Cantec’s Sprinkler Testing Services
- Wet System Valve Testing
- Dry Pipe Valve Testing
- Fire Hose Hydro testing
- Cross-connection / Backflow prevention testing
- Standpipe Systems
- Fire Pumps
- Fire Department Connections
- Hose Systems
- Fire Hydrants
- Residential Sprinkler Systems
When does my Sprinkler System require inspection & testing?
The BC Fire Code references the National Fire Protection Associations NFPA 25 as it relates to the standard for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of Water-based Fire Protection Systems. This document prescribes the required interval at which specific systems are to receive testing and inspections. This document nicely outlines the following schedules, and more details can be read on the NFPA website.
- Weekly or Monthly: Dry, pre-action and deluge systems must have gauges inspected weekly. Wet system gauges are to be inspected monthly.
- Quarterly: Water flow alarm devices, valve supervisory and hydraulic name plates, Fire Department Connections, low pressure alarms and more, are to be inspected once every three months.
- Semi-Annually: vane-type and pressure switch-type waterflow alarm devices shall be tested semi-annually.
- Annually: All water-based fire protection systems have a required Annual inspection and testing interval. Reach out to Cantec Fire Alarms for more details.
- Every three years: a dry system valve full trip test and dry system/pre-action air leakage test is to be performed every three years.
- Every five years: A standpipe flow and pressure test, a Fire Department Connection hydrostatic test must be completed every five years. Alarm valves, and check valves must be internally inspected every five years.
Preparing your Fire Sprinkler System for Winter
During the colder months, Vancouver Island can become quite chilly! While most of us take this opportunity to hit the slopes and enjoy the colder weather, sprinkler systems are left susceptible to breaking. To avoid costly repairs, it is recommended that proactive measures are taken to reduce the chances of your system freezing, and subsequently bursting. To keep your building safe year round, here are some preventative tips:
- If you have a dry pipe system, you should visually inspect and drain your pipes every few days at the low points which can collect moisture and condensation.
- Provide sufficient insulation to wet-piping that may be susceptible to the colder conditions
- Maintain adequate heat in all areas of the building during the winter months. Back up heating options are important in the event that the power goes out.
- Monitor you local weather station or new outlet so you know and can be prepare for when the temperature begins to drop below freezing.