Dissolved oxygen exists naturally within water and creates corrosion-friendly air pockets within pipes of a fire suppression system. A corrosion-proof system needs safeguards in place to minimize the presence of unwanted oxygen that leads to metal breakdown. In this video, we explain different venting methods to eradicate air pockets and common practices to remove unnecessary oxygen from your system.
When you suspect corrosion in your sprinkler system pipes, or want to confirm your system is corrosion free, guided wave ultrasonic testing is one way to detect its presence. Once detected, you are then able to seek out a solution to replace damaged areas and pursue ways to prevent corrosion in the future. Nitrogen generators absorb excess moisture and get rid of oxygen in your pipes, cutting down the possibility of corrosion. Watch the video below as Lee Kaiser explains ultrasonic corrosion and prevention methods.
If you have a water sprinkler system protecting your facility, the larger concerns you have about your system probably revolve around corrosion and leaks. Corrosion, often found in steel pipes, can lead to pinhole leaks, gunk build-up, and slow water movement. Leaks, usually a result of freezing temperatures, corrosion, or sprinkler damage, can quickly destroy the property that a system is designed to protect. In the video below, watch as fire protection expert Lee Kaiser shares insight on why corrosion and leaks occur, and what you can do to prevent them from happening with your system.
Dry and pre-action sprinkler systems can be especially susceptible to early failure due to internal pipe corrosion. As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, gives the minimum "prevention" steps for preventing corrosion. NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, Chapter 14, gives the minimum "pound of cure."