Five (5) Year Sprinkler System Obstruction Investigations – What You Need to Know

When you think about building maintenance, your fire sprinkler system may not be top of mind; however, regular inspections are critically important for maintaining your system in working order. Without checking the functionality of your system, you can’t be sure that it will work when you need it the most. The NFPA also mandates this regular inspection. Let’s review how a 5-year obstruction investigation is conducted.

Why your pipes need regular inspection

You must regularly inspect the pipes in your fire sprinkler system to ensure they will work properly in the event of a fire. While seldom used, these pipes are still vulnerable to corrosion, rusting, and pitting. The cumulative impacts of degradation can cause pinhole leaks that could cause the entire system to fail. In addition, your inspection will assess the presence of any blockages caused by debris or other foreign objects that may enter your system.

What to expect from the technicians

Trained technicians will visit your building to conduct their inspection. After an initial assessment, these technicians will identify any obstructions or structural problems with your fire sprinkler pipes.
If technicians identify an obstruction, they will take steps to flush the material out of your system. If the foreign material cannot be flushed, the technicians may have to replace some sections of pipe to restore functionality to your system. These technicians make careful notes to document their inspection findings and provide their recommendations for additional preventative maintenance or repair.

Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

While some inspection details may differ from state to state, the fundamental requirements remain the same. In many jurisdictions, the AHJ requires building owners to submit a copy of their NFPA 25 report, which contains details of the 5-year inspection. This report uses photos to show the condition of pipes and assesses whether obstructions or other material defects are present, which may impact the operation of the fire sprinkler system.
Remember that the purpose of these inspections is not to burden building owners with tedious regulations. Rather, the AHJ aims to prevent loss of life and property by ensuring building safety. You can learn more about the NFPA’s requirements for your 5-year fire sprinkler inspection, visit their website.

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