Indoor fire sprinkler systems are an essential asset for homes and businesses. And despite many homeowners’ concerns, accidental sprinkler misfiring is rare. Unless the temperatures drop below freezing. The winter months introduce multiple new and potentially costly problems that may damage your home, business, and wallet. Frozen pipes are one of the worst problems your home or business can face. Like any other piping system, how can you protect your commercial fire sprinkler system from freezing?
Reasons for Freezing Sprinkler Systems
Like other pipes in your building, the pipes that feed the fire sprinkler systems have water that can freeze in freezing weather. When temperatures are below freezing and stay there long enough, the water can freeze and expand sufficiently to damage the pipes. Unlike other pipes, you cannot leave your commercial fire sprinkler system operating at a slow drip to keep it from freezing solid. Even a minor amount of water can produce a blockage if it freezes. This indicates that freezing temperatures can cause your sprinkler systems not to function, even if they don’t freeze solid.
Receive Sprinkler System Service & Maintenance
There are two indoor sprinkler system types: dry systems and wet systems. Both systems require regular servicing to ensure they’re functioning correctly. It’s also vital to check them annually for optimal performance and freeze protection. Condensation can develop inside dry systems and freeze when there are low temperatures. So, providing regular maintenance to your commercial fire sprinkler system will help prevent this from happening. Judd Fire Protection can ensure condensation flows to the low point of the drains to minimize freezing. Call us today at 410-871-3480 to receive a sprinkler system service and maintenance!
Turn Off Your Outdoor Water & Insulate Your Pipes
Another way to winterize your outdoor water system is to turn off the water supply so water can’t accidentally run through it. You’ll also need to insulate the main shut-off valve after you’ve shut it down, so it doesn’t freeze. If your sprinklers are on an automatic timer, you’ll need to turn off the controller before the freezing begins. Temperatures in Maryland can reach temperatures well below freezing, leading to a significant problem for your sprinkler system. Don’t wait, and contact us today!
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480.