Fire Protection Systems are one of the most important and often overlooked systems in your facility. While some of the inspections can be completed in-house, many company owners need the help of an outside professional that specializes in NFPA/AWWA/OSHA inspections and maintenance. Inspections are thorough and require attention to many different parts of a fire protection system. Proper inspections schedules extend the life of your fire protection system.
Sprinkler System Specialist test protection systems such as dry, pre-action, and deluge systems. They will also check the control valves and alarm systems. Sprinkler specialist will also inspect seismic bracing, pipes, fittings, sprinklers, spare sprinklers, main drain and antifreeze solution. Your sprinkler contractor may come to your site on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annual basis. Sprinkler system specialist are trained and certified to cover all inspections within your facilities sprinkler system.
Water Tank Specialist: in some cases, current water supply is not enough to maintain the required level of fire protection needed. In this case, a water storage tank will be used to assist the fire protection system in supplying the proper amount of water. One common misconception about water storage tanks is that your sprinkler system specialist can also perform the required NFPA, AWWA and OSHA inspections. Sprinkler system specialists are not responsible for the inspection of water storage tanks, water tank specialist are trained on the latest regulations and requirements. Water storage tanks are required to be inspected every 3-5 years depending on if the tank is equipped with Cathodic Protection or not.
Cathodic Protection Specialist is responsible for maintaining tanks equipped with a cathodic protection system. Cathodic protection systems come in two types of protection: Current-Impressed or Passive. Depending on the type of cathodic protection your tank is equipped with will determine the type of inspection required. Cathodic protection specialist will check the voltage, amps and also evaluate the anodes and rectifier. Current-Impressed Cathodic Protection systems should be professionally inspected on a yearly schedule and Passive Cathodic Protection can be inspected in conjunction with your required tank inspections.
Water Tank Specialist will be examining all structural, sanitary, security, and coating conditions. The specialist is also responsible for reviewing the condition of tank accessories such as: