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Common Fire Sprinkler System Malfunctions

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If your pipes are not insulated properly, you could end up with frozen sprinkler system pipes.

Like many other systems in your commercial space, fire sprinkler systems have been known to have malfunctions. Although these malfunctions happen rarely, it is important to know what these sprinkler system malfunctions are and how they can affect your business. So what are some common fire sprinkler system malfunctions? Read on to find out.


During the summer months, sprinkler systems can get overheated. While this may not seem like a problem for something filled with water, overheating can actually cause your sprinkler system to activate when it is unnecessary. If your ceiling rises to 155-degrees Fahrenheit, you should make sure to install a sprinkler system that is equipped to deal with that type of extreme heat.


If you have water inside your fire sprinkler system, it is important that you know that your sprinkler system is at risk of freezing. Frozen pipes can burst or stop working completely, leaving your business vulnerable to fire. But all is not lost. Frozen pipes can be prevented by adding antifreeze or insulating the pipes during the cold winter months.

Mechanical Damage

If your sprinkler system was poorly installed or maintained, your system is at risk for mechanical damage. Mechanical damage can include over-tightening fittings, improperly installed sprinkler heads and many other installation mistakes.


Corrosion is another problem that your fire sprinkler systems are subject to. There are two different types of corrosion that can occur in your sprinkler system: generalized corrosion also referred to as rust, and microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). Rust is caused by a mixture of water, iron, and oxygen inside your pipes while MIC is caused by the presence and activities of bacteria in them. Corrosion can impact the functionality of your system, lead to pinhole leaks, temporary shutdowns, loss of property and production, and reduce the effectiveness of the sprinkler system as a whole. To prevent corrosion, it is important to have your sprinkler system inspected annually.

There are many different malfunctions that could cause your fire sprinkler systems to stop working. It is important to protect your business from these malfunctions with yearly inspections. For more information on having your sprinkler system inspected, call Anderson Fire Protection, Inc. today!

Avoiding Common Fire Sprinkler System Malfunctions with Anderson Fire Protection Inc.

No matter what your needs are, Anderson Fire Protection, Inc. is here to design and install a fire protection system that will work for your residential or commercial space. With more than 26 years of experience, Anderson Fire Protection, Inc. is able to offer you experience and reliable customer support. For more information on working with Anderson Fire Protection Inc., call us today at 410-796-4915 or click here for more information.

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