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."